Use Freeware to Clone Windows 7 to New Hard Drive Without Reinstallation

Posted by @AOMEI

May 5, 2017

Learn how to clone Window 7 hard disk drive to new HDD or SSD using freeware to solve low disk space issue and upgrade old hard drive without reinstalling OS and applications.

Why Clone Windows 7 to New Hard Drive?

Since the release of Windows 7, the problem of "low disk space" in system drive has become even more serious. Combined with the installation of many newly released larger-sized applications, the storage capacity of the old hard drive can hardly meet the requirement of the users. Under this circumstance, users must come up with effective countermeasures. Or they would face the extremely low running speed of the computers. What's worse, the system would crash unexpectedly if the space is extremely low.

Clone Hard Drive Windows 7 via Freeware

To fix the trouble covered before, a great solution is to clone Windows 7 disk to new and larger hard drive or solid state drive (SSD). That is to say, upgrade old hard drive with a new one. In order to carry out hard drive cloning with ease, reliable and powerful disk cloning software is necessary. AOMEI Backupper Standard is free cloning software that supports Disk Clone and Partition Clone. The advanced feature System Clone is built-in Professional edition. Fortunately, Windows 7 hard drive cloning can be completed using Disk Clone function. It is free for commercial and personal use in Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista and XP.

Clone Windows 7 to HDD Step by Step

With clear operation prompts and wizards, AOMEI Backupper has been regarded as an all-in-one and easy-to-use cloning software. To clone Windows 7 disk freely, please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Connect the new hard drive to your Windows 7 PC. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper. Click "Clone" option and select "Disk Clone".

Disk Clone

Step 2: Select current Windows 7 hard drive as source disk. Click "Next" and then select the new hard drive as the destination disk.

Source Disk

Step 3: You can preview the Operation Summary. The entire hard drive will be cloned to new disk. To confirm the operation, click "Start Clone".

Start Clone

Step 4: When the cloning process completed, click "Finish" to exit.

Tips:

  • Sector by sector clone will clone all section including unused ones to new drive. This requires the target disk is equal to or larger than the source disk. If you keep this option unchecked, the software will clone only used part of the source disk, which is useful in cloning larger drive to smaller one.
  • Check Align partition to optimize for SSD if the target drive is SSD.
  • You can shut down your PC on completion and replace old hard drive with the new one. If you keep both drives connected, please change boot order to new HDD in BIOS and restart the PC.
  • To clone system drive and its related drive only, please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional and have a try.

It is not hard to clone Windows 7 hard drive to new drive, isn’t it? This best free hard drive cloning software for Windows can help you clone Windows 7 on both desktop and laptop. If you want to clone only data partition like D or E drive on the hard drive, please give Partition Clone a shot.

Tips: If the target device is a solid-state drive (SSD), you can try migrate OS to SSD feature in AOMEI Partition Assistant.