The Best Way to Clone OS to a Larger Hard Drive

The Best Way to Clone OS to a Larger Hard Drive

Want to upgrade your hard drive, but don't want to reinstall the operating system? This guide here tells you how to clone OS to another drive in steps.

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Mar 26, 2021 • Filed to: Windows Computer Solutions • Proven solutions

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It's really a pain to upgrade your OS installed hard drive because you don't want to reinstall your well running the operating system and it needs your Windows ID and key, let alone the long time spent on it. So the best way to move your existing OS to your new and larger hard drive is to clone. Cloning can help to move all your content on the hard drive completely to your new drive, including the operating system, files, programs, and all personal settings.

1How to clone OS to a larger Hard Drive

AOMEI Backupper is a professional data backup software. This software was designed to perform all kinds of backup processes with great ease and includes a feature that will assist you to step by step to clone a disk or partition with total security.

Below I will show you how to use it.

Step 1: Go to "Disk Clone"

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Once you have opened the program, you should go to the "Clone" section located on the left panel and then click on "Disk Clone"

Step 2: Select the "Source Disk"

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Here you must select the disk you want to clone and then, click on "Next"

Step 3: Choose the "Destination Disk"

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Once you've selected the "Source Disk", all you must do now is select a "Destination Disk ".

Step 4: Confirm the process

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Now all you have to do is, click on "Edit Partitions" to make sure you have the C drive and the System reserved partition marked and then click on "Start Clone"

You can directly clone your old drive to your new hard drive if you can connect it to your computer with related connecting devices, or you can clone it to an external disk first, and then clone it back to your hard drive when you've replaced the old one with it. Just take the way convenient for you.

Also, you can choose to image your hard drive with "Disk Backup". It can backup your hard drive content as an image file. Then you can restore it to your new hard drive. By the way, you can also learn how to copy Windows 7 to another drive.

2Recover Lost Data Caused by Clone OS

During cloning hard drive often comes along with data lost from your hard drive, and you do not have a recent data backup. Under these circumstances, you will need a hard drive data recovery software to retrieve your lost data back.

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