Why should we clone Windows 10?
Since Microsoft released the latest Windows OS Windows 10, more and more users upgrade their system to Windows 10. Windows 10 has improved many features. However, it is still existing the danger of data losing. To keep the data’s safety, clone Windows 10 after installing it is necessary. Literally, clone Windows 10 means to make an exact copy for it.
Clone Windows 10 can solve a lot of problems. For example, you don’t satisfy with the hard drive disk of your computer and you want to change it to a solid state drive for better performance, you can clone the Windows 10 to migrate system from the HDD to SSD. Or if you want to upgrade the hard drive to a larger new one, cloning Windows 10 and all the applications in system drive to the larger new hard drive is a good way.
How to clone Windows 10?
To clone Windows 10, you need a third-party software which can support Windows 10. Here we highly recommend you a Windows backup software. Its free edition AOMEI Backupper Standard is the greatest powerful and free clone software, which can make disk clone, system clone and partition clone. This free Windows clone software’s functions are more than clone, you can use it to backup system, restore system, create bootable media and so on. All the operating steps are simple and easy.
Before cloning Windows 10, you need to prepare a storage hard drive which is large enough to store the data of the Windows 10. It could be a local space, or external hard drive, or USB flash drive.
Here is the step by step guide for how to clone Windows 10 with the free clone software - AOMEI Backupper.
Step1. Download free AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and launch it. You will see the main interface of it. Click Clone and there are list three clone types: Disk Clone, System Clone,Partition Clone.
You may have noticed that there is a lock symbol at the trail of System Clone. You must release the lock so that you can use this feature to clone Windows 10, and what you need is to share the words in the box to your social media as the following picture says. Then, paste or input your shared link in the box and click "Submit" to unlock.
Step2. After releasing the lock, click the System Clone and it will move on to the window to select destination space (System Clone will choose the system partition in default). Here you can select the local space or the external hard drive you plugged in before. But what we suggest is to choose a blank one, and if there are some important data on it, you should back them up first because it may delete the data or over written on the destination partition.
Step3. You can confirm the clone information here and set more for your cloning. The “Sector by sector clone” means it will clone all the sectors no matter it is used or not, even if the sector is blank or it is a logically bad sector, so, if you check this box, it will take more storage space and longer time. “Align partition to optimize for SSD” is highly recommended if you are cloning Windows 10 to SSD, because it will accelerate the reading and writing speed for solid state drive. After all the settings, click “Start Clone” to launch the process.
Step4. After the process reaching 100%, click Finish to exit.
In addition, AOMEI Backupper Standard is the best free clone software for Windows 10. Actually, it supports almost all the Windows OS including Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10(both 32 bit and 64 bit). You can also clone Windows 7 to new hard drive with it easily.