With the increasing needs for backup and clone, Windows 8 or 8.1 users need a powerful software that has the features to backup partition and clone a previous hard drive to a new one. Basically, almost all of the clone softwares provide two kinds of clone type, namely, clone partition to other partition and clone a hard drive to a new hard drive. You may need cloning at the times when you want to upgrade your hard drive in Windows 8/8.1 or when you need a duplicate of your entire disk.
AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free backup software which is specialized in backup files/partition/system/disk and clone partition/disk. Its clone function offers two major features, partition clone and disk clone. Partition clone allows you to clone a specific partition to other partition or to an external hard drive, and disk clone provides a way to clone one hard disk drive to another. Unlike the simple copy and paste, cloning will allow you to start your computer as well as program normally without reinstalling system and applications. AOMEI Backupper can do not only Windows 8/8.1 hard drive clone, but also do backup and restore tasks, it is compatible with both 32 bit and 64 bit version of Windows 8 and 8.1.
AOMEI Partition Assistant is a versatile partition tool which can do tasks like resize partition, merge partitions, copy partition/disk, split partition and etc. Among these features, copy partition/disk can also function as a clone software to do Windows 8/8.1 hard drive clone. As you can see from the following screenshot, there are two sub-features located under Copy Disk, say, you are free to select Copy Disk Quickly or Sector-by-Sector Copy. However, it’s a little different from the clone feature which is provided by AOMEI Backupper, for example, for fear of covering those useful data on your Hard Drive, the Copy feature would only allow you to copy your partition to an unallocated space (in view of this, a large enough unallocated space is needed by shrinking or deleting a certain partition), as for Disk Copy, namely, copy hard drive, you can copy it into an external hard drive.
AOMEI Backupper could clone hard drive in Windows 8 and 8.1 to other partition or onto an external hard drive, what is worth mentioning is that, the destination partition or hard drive will be covered after cloning, it’s wise to backup those useful files before processing clone, if necessary. In a nutshell, both AOMEI Backupper and Partition Assistant could make an ideal solution to clone hard drive in Windows 8 and 8.1, but due to its less limitation and clear interface, AOMEI Backupper is more powerful and easy to use.