Just as the name implies, system clone or migration means to make an exactly same copy of operating system (OS) as the original one and transfer it to another storage device, like hard disk drive (HDD), solid state drive (SSD), etc. What is worth mentioning is that the cloning/migration copies not only your Windows operating system, but also installed applications, drivers, updates and custom settings in the system drive. Therefore, cloning/migrating system is similar with a system image.
In the following situations you may need system clone/migration:
AOMEI Backupper is not only a complete backup software, but also a powerful cloning program. Through its functions, you can easily clone system/disk/partition/volume to ideal destination path without interrupting any running programs. This function is extremely useful, because it can avoid downtime to the largest extent. As for the task of cloning system, AOMEI backup software can complete it perfectly with its specially designed function of "System Clone".
Preparation before system clone:
Step1: Install, launch and activate AOMEI Backupper Pro with license code, and then select the "System Clone" option under the "Clone" tab.
Step2: Sometimes users don't know which partitions need to be selected so that the system will be bootable after cloning. Therefore, the program is designed to automatically select source partitions for you. Here, you just need to select a disk that is large enough as new location (here is Disk1) for cloning system, and then click "Next" to continue.
Note: If there are one or more partitions on your destination disk, AOMEI Backupper will pop up a window, prompting you which partition(s) will be deleted and inquiring that "Are you sure to continue the operation?" Click "Yes" to go on. If there is important data on these partitions, please click "No" to cancel current operation and backup drive firstly.
Step3: Now comes the operation summary window. If you confirm the operations, please click "Start Clone" to perform the system clone.
Tips: You can tick the "Sector by sector clone" option to copy all sectors of system partition no matter whether it is used or not, but it will take much more time. You can also tick the "Align partition to optimize for SSD" option to improve the performance if the destination disk is an SSD.
Step4: When the system clone progress reaches to 100%, please click "Finish to exit the interface.
When the system cloning is finished, we suggest you not to boot the computer from the destination disk directly. In order to make Windows bootable from the new HDD or SSD, please shut down the computer after system cloning is completed. And then disconnect the source disk and connect the destination disk to the socket of the source disk. The source disk could be plugged in another socket as a secondary storage device. If you want to clone system drive along with data partitions to another disk, please choose "Disk Clone".