What is bit-by-bit copy?
Bit-by-bit copy means to copy all areas of a computer hard drive or other storage devices. It replicates all sectors including blank sectors and logically bad sectors, so it is also called sector-by-sector clone. The data stored on the cloned drive is identical to the data on the original drive.
As a result, you can upgrade your old hard drive to a larger one without reinstalling the operating system and all your applications. Besides, if there are defective areas on your old hard drive, a recovery procedure on the disk will cause further defects because of the inherent exposure of the procedure while cloning disk bit by bit causes much less exposure due to its linear operation. You can replace the damaged hard drive with the cloned one without losing data.
Since bit-by-bit copy is useful, how can you complete the task?
Why do you need bit copy software?
As Microsoft hasn’t ever included a tool for making an exact copy of a hard drive in Windows, what you need is a reliable bit copy software to achieve the goal of bit-by-bit copy. Cloning disk sector by sector requires the logical sector size of the source and target disks to be same, or the clone process will fail. Therefore, you should choose a bit copy software that is smart enough to skip blank clusters and is capable of cloning between disks in different logical sector sizes. Which bit copy software can meet the demand?
Get the best bit copy software for free
AOMEI Backupper Standard, an all-around backup, sync, recovery, and clone software, can help you with sector-by-sector clone. It supports all Windows PC operating systems, file systems and partition styles and it’s free of charge! Learn how to do bit copy on hard drives below:
Step 1. Download, install and run AOMEI Backupper. Click “Clone” on the left pane and select “Disk Clone”.
Step 2. Select the source disk that you want to clone and click “Next”.
Step 3. Select the destination disk to store the cloned data and click “Next”.
Step 4. Tick “Sector by sector clone”. Confirm the operation and click “Start Clone”.
Step 5. To boot from the cloned system disk, you need to change boot order in BIOS or just replace the source drive with the target one.
Sector-by-sector clone will copy every sector on the source disk no matter it is used or not, so the destination disk must be equal to or larger than the source disk.
The destination disk will be completely overwritten. Backup the destination disk before you start clone if there are important data on it.
If the destination disk is an SSD, you can tick “Align partition to optimize for SSD” in Step 4 to improve the reading and writing speed of the SSD.
Bit-by-bit copy is your total solution to protect everything on your hard drive. With the right bit copy software, you will save much time and efforts. AOMEI Backupper can not only copy your hard drive bit by bit, but also offer quick workarounds to WD Sync not working and Windows Server Backup not deleting old backups. Go for this tool at once!