In today’s tutorial, we shall be looking at how you can create a bootable clone of your hard disk drive (HDD) in Windows 10. But just before we dive in let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you may consider cloning your drive.
Reasons why you may want to clone your drive?
You might think that by just copying/dragging and pasting /dropping Windows files from your in-built hard drive to an external drive is all you need to get a bootable drive. But you are wrong, because when you do that, you only create unbootable system files on the new drive. Your best bet is to create a bootable clone of that drive using any of the free cloning tools available for Windows.
Below are some of the circumstances that you may need to clone your drive:
- When you want to create a bootable hard drive.
- When backing up the contents of the old drive.
- When you want to upgrade your hard drive from one to one with a higher memory capacity.
- When upgrading from a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) to a Solid State Drive (SSD)
How To Create A Bootable Clone Of Drive In Windows 10
In this tutorial I’ll be showing you how you can easily clone your hard drive in Windows 10 using a free software called AOMEI Backupper Standard. This software is a free backup tool used in cloning your hard disk. It is available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions for Windows 10.
The tool can be used to clone existing data in a hard disk onto another disk as well as clone deleted files using “sector-by-sector” cloning option.
Steps on how to use AOMEI Backupper Standard
To clone your drive using AOMEI Backupper Standard, follow the steps below:
- Step 1: Download and install AOMEI Backupper Standard
- Step 2: Run the application on your Windows PC
- Step 3: Click on “Clone” from the menu list on the left side of the app interface
- Step 4: Select the source drive you wish to clone and click “Next”
- Step 5: Select the target drive you want to move the cloned contents into and click “Next”
- Step 6: Click the Start Clone button on the bottom right corner to start cloning
When done cloning click on the “Finish” button
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Your bootable drive is now ready to use.
You can resize the partitions on the target disk to use the full disk capacity when cloning a small drive to a large one by selecting the “Edit the Partitions on Destination disk” option.
I hope this tutorial was easy to follow. Drop your comments below to let me know what you think.
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