XXClone is one volume cloning software that copies your Windows system disk or volume into another disk with the system files, installed applications, and all of your data files. You don’t have to restore the system file for boot because one of its most highlights is making the target disk self-bootable. So you can boot from the clone volume when disaster strikes. It supports copy from FAT to NFTS and it is easy to use, too. XXClone technically provides three versions, XXClone Freeware, XXClone Home, and XXClone Pro. You need to pay for the later two editions which are embedded with more features. You can use XXClone in Windows 10/8/7/XP to upgrade disk or migrate OS to SSD. The latest version is 2.08.3 and it was updated in June 2016.
Why need XXClone alternative?
XXClone is one handy copy software yet it still missing a few important functions that are quite important during people’s daily computer management.
First of all, from the screenshot above, you can see there are two options grayed out in the pane below. That means it fails to make incremental backup for the volume in XXClone Freeware. These two options are designed for the paid version. Besides, none of XXClone editions is able to perform non-system volume backup except for XXClone Pro. This is too bad because most users would like to backup their important files in data partitions.
What’s more, if aforementioned limitations only apply to XXClone Freeware and Home edition, these ones apply to all of them. XXClone doesn’t support a Dynamic Disk as the target volume currently. What’s more important is XXClone backup only volumes instead of the entire hard disk, which is not effective on replacing HDD with SSD or with new hard drive. If you want to restore the system image to different computer, you cannot make it with XXClone.
As a result, from my own perspective, XXClone is system image software that saves user’s step to restore. It is actually not true cloning software that should support not only partition/volume clone but also disk clone. Therefore, finding alternative to XXClone to better manage your computer is quite necessary.
XXClone alternative – AOMEI Backupper
AOMEI Backupper is XXClone similar software but with more powerful features in. It is better than XXClone since even its free version AOMEI Backupper Standard comes with functions that XXClone paid versions missed, such as disk backup, file compression, partition/volume backup, disk clone, and so on. It allows you to make incremental backup of system and non-system drive and even the entire disk. You can compress and password encrypts backup images before starting back up. Furthermore, this software supports almost all popular storage device, like dynamic disk, hardware RIAD, SSD, NAS, Thumb Drives, USB flash drives, VM system, etc.
The Standard edition is free for from Windows XP to Windows 10 and you can install its advanced edition AOMEI Backupper Professional on two PCs at the cost of $ 49 when you have to pay for $ 60 for one copy only of XXClone. AOMEI Backupper has specialized Server edition for Windows Server based computers. Now download AOMEI Backupper Standard to learn how to clone disk to another hard drive step by step.
Clone Disk with AOMEI Backupper
Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Click Clone and then select Disk Clone.
Step 2. Select current HDD as the source disk and click Next.
Step 3. Select the other disk as the destination disk.
Step 4. Click Start Clone.
Step 5. (Optional) Replace the current HDD with the new cloned disk after cloning if necessary. You may need to change boot priority to cloned disk in BIOS for OS migration only.
If the destination disk is a SSD, you can check Align partition to optimize for SSD box to prolong its lifespan and to improve the reading and writing speed.
For Enterprise users, it is suggested to get AOMEI Backupper Technician edition to install the cloning tool on unlimited PCs within one company.
In conclusion, AOMEI Backupper is perfect XXClone alternative solution on computer backup and clone. All missed functions in XXClone could be found in this all-around software, and it is easy to handle as you can acknowledge this from the screenshots. You are able to auto incremental backup PC to external hard drives, create bootable media to backup hard drive when Windows fails to boot, and clone hard drive with bad sectors to SSD successfully using AOMEI Backupper.