Tomorrow I’ll be going from my current config (120GB SSD Boot disk, 320GB SATA 2 Games Disk), to a new config (64GB SSD Boot Disk, 120GB SSD Games Disk).
In other words, I need to clone the 40GB worth of Windows files and applications from my 120GB 840 EVO to my 64GB SanDisk Ultra Plus that arrives tomorrow. After that I’ll clone the 80GB of games from my HDD to my 120GB SSD (or I could just reinstall steam and all my games).
So, just wondering, what’s the best free cloning software? I’m looking for something reliable and user friendly. Cheers
What can we get from the above question?
Well, it is obviously that the author wants to transfer data from two original drives to two another SSD: move system to a new SSD boot disk, and move games from the original hard drive to a new SSD game disk. At this time, disk cloning software is very useful.
Today it’s very common for Windows users to transfer data from one hard drive to another, no matter it is for hard drive upgrade or for hard drive backup. In this case, disk cloning software emerges at the right moment, to help these users complete tasks.
So which disk cloning software is outstanding in cloning hard drive from one to another and ensuring that the hard drive is bootable if users are cloning the system disk? Today I will introduce all of you a reliable disk cloning software to clone hard drive, which is called MiniTool Partition Wizard.
Tip: MiniTool Partition Wizard has five editions: Free, Professional, Server, Enterprise, and Technician. Free and Professional can only be used on non-server systems, like Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10.
You may read this Best Disk Cloning Software to learn more about MiniTool Partition Wizard.
Step 1: Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard to the main interface. Then click on a disk to be cloned and select “Copy“. Also you can choose “Copy Disk Wizard” from the Wizards menu, which will bring you to the welcome page and source disk selecting page…
Step 2: You should then choose another basic disk that is able to hold all the data on the source disk. Please note that all data on the target disk will be cleaned.
Step 3: Now choose a copy option: to fit the partitions to entire disk, or copy partitions without resize, or edit partitions on the disk. And, if the target disk is an SSD like mentioned in the starting question, tick “Force to align to 1 MB“.
Step 4: You will receive a message saying how to boot from the destination disk. If you are cloning system disk, you should pay attention to it.
Step 5: At last, you need to click “Apply” to make disk copy into effect.
You computer will require a reboot to clone hard drive if it contains system partition. Please wait patiently and then you will get a same copy of the source disk which can boot into Windows after you set the boot sequence in BIOS.
If you only want to clone the operation system, you can turn to “Migrate OS to SSD/HD” feature.