The Secrets of How to Clone Windows 7 Partition to the Same Drive

Posted by @Ivy

June 20, 2017

Learn to clone Windows 7 partition to the same drive step by step with free operating system (OS) cloning software.


A user wants to clone win 7 partition to the same drive so that he can test out software and still can keep his current configuration. He was frustrated by two questions: Is it possible to clone Win 7 partition to the same drive? If it is possible, what is the best way?

Yes, there are a lot of third-party tools can do it. But a few of them can do a great job. What i mean a great job is that a software can solve your problem, and will not cost you a cent. Of course, you don’t need another disk too. AOMEI Backupper standard can do that.

When You Need to Clone Win 7 Partition to the Same Drive:

1. You want to clone a duplicate in case something unexpectedly happens. Unexpected things exist everywhere. If you don’t want to lose something data, a duplicate one can help you to get your files or other data again when the accident happen.

2. You don’t want to buy or connect a new drive on your computer. A laptop user can only be allowed to install one hard disk while a desktop user can install multiple hard disks. If you are a laptop user, you cannot be allowed to install a second. Cloning win 7 partition to the same drive may be a great choice for you. If you are a desktop user, you can install a new one together with making full use of your original disk.

3. Your partition has bad sectors. In this case, you can do a disk surface testfirst, find out the bad sectors and clone it to another partition. The bad sector you clone to another partition will not damage the sectors in a newly partition. It just contains the bad sectors.

The Secrets of Cloning Win 7 Partition to the Same Drive?

If there is no need to clone the partition to another disk, cloning Win 7 to another partition is enough.

Below is the guide:

Step 1: Download AOMEI Backupper standard, install and launch it. Select the Partition Clone, then enter another window.

Partition Clone

Step 2: In this window, select the partition (C partition) you want to clone as Source Partition, then tick Next.

Source Partition 1

Step 3: Select a Destination Partition you want to store the source partition, then click Next.

Destination Partition 1

Step 4: After selecting the Source Partition and Destination Partition, you can see an Operation Summary as follow. When you ensure all the choice you made is correct, just move your figure to click Start Clone.

Operation Summary 1

Notice: In the lower left quarter, you can see three options. If you want to adjust the size, select the first choice. If you want to clone all data without any loss, select Sector by Sector Clone. If you clone Win 7 partition to SSD, select the third one to improve its reading and writing speed.

Step 5: After finishing above steps, there will be a Partition Clone Progress. You just need to wait for a few minutes and click Finish.

Partition Clone Progress

Notice: If you are afraid that the data is not complete during the progress you clone Win 7 partition to the same drive, you can click On completion. It can check your data, and tell you the operation has been completed successfully or not.


1.It is really easy to clone win 7 partition to the same drive with the help of AOMEI Backupper Standard. And it is also a multiple function tool which can provide corresponding functions including System Clone and Disk Clone.

2.In some Windows 7 system, you can also see system reserved partition on MBR disk or EFI system partition on GPT disk. If that is your case, you need to also clone this partition along with C: drive. You can use System Clone that will automatically select both partitions you use to boot your computer. If your computer has both partitions, AOMEI Backupper Professional can help you.