Two Methods to Clone Hard Drive in Windows 8 and 8.1

In What Condition Do Windows 8 and 8.1 Need Cloning

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.

A Magic Backup Tool to Clone Hard Drive without Reinstalling Windows 8 and 8.1

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free backup software which is specialized in backup files/partition/system/disk and clone system/partition/disk. Its clone function offers three major features:

  • System Clone: enables you to migrate OS to an HDD or SSD without reintsalling Windows and applications.
  • Disk Clone: provides a way to clone one hard disk drive to another, supporting MBR disk, GPT/UEFI disk.
  • Partition Clone: allows you to clone one or more specific partitions to other partition or to an external hard drive

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. Learn the detailed steps on how to clone a hard drive.

Clone Hard Drive

Upgrading to AOMEI Backupper Professional to enjoy more advanced functions and you can use it to clone hard disk in Windows 8/8.1 as well.

AOMEI Partition Assistant Helps Clone Hard Drive in Windows 8 and 8.1

AOMEI Partition Assistant is a versatile partition tool which can do tasks like resize Windows 8 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.

Disk Copy


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.

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