Best Freeware to Clone Hard Drive with Bad Sectors

Posted by @Teresa

September 26, 2017

How to clone hard disk drive (HDD) even with bad sectors or bad blocks in laptop or desktop? To complete this job, the key is to find the right and powerful clone software.

When does bad sector occur?

Bad sector or bad block refers to physically bad spot on the hard drive that causes the computer to not be able to read or save data to that spot. You will get bad sectors report after running chkdsk to check error when you find something wrong with your computer. Another situation that you might encounter this report is cloning hard drive with bad sectors to another one and the cloning process is terminated. Message like “read error” will come into your sight.

Bad sector will affect the use of computer so long as it exists on the hard drive. For instance, even though the bad sector is tiny cluster, it has bad influence on disk space when it occurs in the middle of your hard drive. If you want to clone hard drive with bad blocks, first you need to do find a way to escape these bad sectors.

How to clone hard drive with bad sectors?

Actually, it is not too hard for you to clone hard disk with bad sectors as long as you find the right software. Some software on the network does disappoint you when it encounters bad sectors.  Generally it will just stop completely. While some of them don’t unless you purchase their paid version.

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free hard drive cloning software for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP. It completely supports cloning large disk to small disk as long as all data on the source disk can fit the smaller one. By default, AOMEI Backupper will ignore bad sectors while cloning or backing up. What’s more, it allows you to clone HDD to Samsung SSD, or clone MBR to GPT and vice versa without reinstalling Windows. Download this software to clone disk with bad sectors right now.

Steps to clone HDD with bad sectors

Connect the target disk (SSD, newer HDD or external hard drive) that you want to clone to with your computer.

Step1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Click Clone and then select Disk Clone.


Step2. Select the hard drive with bad sectors as the source disk.

The source disk

Step3. Select another drive as the destination disk. The target drive can be larger or smaller than the source one as long as it is equal or larger than the data size as mentioned before.

The destination disk

Step4. Check the operation summary and click Start Clone.

Start Clone


  • It is advised to UNCHECK Sector by sector clone box since it will take up much more time and it is likely to bring bad sector to the target disk.
  • If the target disk is an SSD, check Align partition to optimize for SSD will improve the speed of reading and writing as well as prolong the service life of SSD.
  • You are allowed to fit all partitions to entire disk by clicking Edit partitions on the destination disk.If you want to edit partitions on the disk, please upgrade to Professional edition.

AOMEI Backupper Standard helps you clone hard drive with bad sectors to another drive. Problem solved. In fact, this software has many other powerful features, like system backup, system clone, automatic backup SSD, incremental and differential backup, dissimilar hardware restore, etc. However, if you’re advanced PC users and would like to clone hard drive using command prompt, AOMEI Backupper Professional would be a better choice. In addition, these two editions don’t support Window Server OS. If you’re running Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016 operating system, please ask AOMEI Backupper Server for help.