How to Clone A Hard Drive with Multiple Partitions?

Posted by @AOMEI

December 15, 2016

Learn how to clone a hard drive with multiple partitions to another hard drive with free disk cloning software.

Overview

You may want to update your old drive to a new one, because the old drive is with slow read\write speed and changing it to a new good drive ensures you a better performance. But what if your old hard drive is with multiple partitions? Actually, this is not a complicated situation or need any techniques. Here, the simple operation, cloning hard drive with a clone software, is the answer.

Through cloning a hard drive with multiple partitions, each partition on the target disk will be created at exactly the same size as the source. That is to say, each partition is of the same capacity, used space, and free space as the original one. But if the target disk is larger than the original and you want to acquire greater storage, then you have an option to proportionally expand each partition to utilize more of (or all of) the target disk’s larger capacity. In this way, partitions on the target disk are with different capacity and free space, but the used space created by data won’t change. This is same to clone to a smaller drive, which can be accomplished by shrinking the partition capacity and free space as long as the used space (data space) fits the target partition so that there will be no data loss. Here, we recommend you AOMEI Backupper to achieve all above, but with different choice to edit partition size.

How to clone a hard drive with multiple partitions?

AOMEI Backup is free and powerful with ease-to-use interface, in addition it supports all Windows edition including Windows 7/8/8.1/10/XP/Vista. Next, we’ll show you how to clone a hard drive with multiple partitions by using it.

Step 1: Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Select “Disk Clone” under “Clone” tab.

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Step 2: Choose the source disk with multiple partitions (here is disk0), and then click “Next” to continue.

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Step 3: Choose the destination disk (here is disk1), and then click “Next”.

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Step 4: In this window, you can view the operation summary. In addition, “Sector by sector clone” is optional and “Align partition to optimize for SSD” is recommended if your destination disk is SSD.

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Then, click “Edit partition on the destination disk” to edit partition size as you wish. If you choose the third option "Edit the partition on the disk", upgrading to AOMEI Partition Professional will make it optional.

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Step 5: Click “Start Clone” to proceed and then finish the operation.

As you see, AOMEI Backupper easily solves the problem of cloning hard drive with multiple partitions. Also, you can use it to do backup and restore job.