Copy MBR from One Disk to another (SSD/USB) with Secure Boot in Windows

Posted by @Teresa

September 26, 2018

Wanna move Master Boot Record (MBR) and boot drive from one disk to another like SSD or USB drive? This article shows the most secure way to copy MBR from one disk to another easily in Windows 7/8/10.

Need to copy MBR from one disk to another

“I’d like to copy my boot drive including MBR to another hard drive that is typically newly formatted. Clean reinstall would not be my choice because I almost have set everything done. The boot drive and system drive are on the different disks, which is not so convenient to me. Is there any simple way to copy MBR boot from one disk to another for Windows 10 in my case? Or, can I copy MBR from one disk to another in similar ways? Any advice will be appreciated.”

MBR, master boot record, is mostly refers to the small section of a hard drive that holds crucial information about the disk including the boot information and the layout of all partitions stored. Since the MBR is stored on the boot drive, so sometimes it also means the boot drive in general. Then, what should you do exactly to get the MBR moved in Windows 7/8/10?

How to move MBR to another drive in Windows 10/8/7?

As covered, the MBR contains information, heads sectors for example, about the disk it installs. It also holds the volume label for that drive which is not interchangeable. Therefore, move with strict instruction if you’d like to copy MBR to SSD or other drives. Windows do offered a way to move the boot file to another. You may want to have a try.

1. Click Start and type command prompt in the search box. Right click the Command Prompt program from the given list and select Run as administrator.

2. At the prompt type bcdboot c:\windows /s c: and press Enter. Make sure you want to boot from C drive. If not, change it to the correct drive letter. Wait for the process to be completed.

3. Check if you’ve successfully copied MBR to another disk. Please note that the drive should be active.

It could be the simplest way to copy MBR. Also, you could turn to some free third-party tools such as MBRWizard, BOOTICE, MBRtool, etc. to copy only MBR to another disk. In addition, you can simple fix MBR for hard drive if it is moved yet not boot successfully.

However, some user finds it is not as simple as moving MBR from one to another, especially when it installed as a separated drive on the disk. In that case, it is suggested to copy MBR boot drive in another manner.

How to transfer MBR to SSD/USB/new hard drive with secure boot easily?

AOMEI Backupper Professional is all-around cloning software that allows you to copy MBR to USB flash drive, new hard drive, SSD, etc. with secure boot in Windows 7/8/10/XP/Vista. Intelligent clone and sector-by-sector clone methods are provides for different plans. The first method does a great help if you want to clone larger drive to smaller drive. And the second one requires equal or larger disk capacity. Following will take how to copy MBR to new hard drive for example.

1. Connect the new hard drive to your machine and make sure it can be detected.

2. Install and run AOMEI Backupper Professional. Click Clone and then System Clone.

System Clone

Note: If you have boot drive and system drive on different disks, it is suggested to do Partition Clone. And an extra step of selecting the source partition will be provided.

3. All necessary boot-related drives including MBR boot drive will be selected by default. As a result, choose the new hard drive as the destination disk now.

Destination Partition

4. Preview and confirm the operations. You have choices to perform sector by sector clone and align partitions to optimize for SSD if you copy MBR to SSD through this way. Click Start Clone.

Start Clone

5. Waif for the process completes. Change the boot priority to the new drive in BIOS or replace current disk with the new hard drive when necessary.

Tips:

  • To clone MBR to SSD entirely, you may need to use Disk Clone feature.

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Summary

You may need different methods when you copy MBR from one disk to another in various situations. To ensure secure boot from target SSD or USB flash drive, AOMEI Backupper Professional is recommended. You may need AOMEI Backupper Server edition if you want to copy MBR in Windows Server 2003, 2008 (R2), 2012 (R2), and 2016. Except for copying MBR to another drive, you can clone UEFI disk with similar operations.