Yesterday one of my friend Thomas asked me to recommend a freeware t to help him copy his old Seagate 500GB hard drive. I knew his is planning for disk upgrade to a larger 2TB. Considering he also wanted his operating system bootable, I finally recommend free MiniTool Partition Wizard to help resolve his issue. This day I guess more Windows users may have the same idea with Thomas, so I started to write this article to help all these confused ones.
MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition is reliable disk/partition clone software for home users., and have helped me get out of various trouble. The first reason I use it is that it is totally free of charge and is virus-free. But after getting in touch with it, I changed my view. It is not only free, it is also powerful and reliable. The sector-by-sector copy method assures a 100% identical copy to the original.
Now I will show you how to make disk copy with this free MiniTool Partition Wizard.
First of all, download this freeware at http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html.
Then install and run this freeware, and we can see its main interface showing as follow. At this time we need to choose the source disk we are going to copy and select “Copy Disk” or “Copy Disk Wizard” to start the task.
Ok we will be lead to the wizard to choose where we are going to copy the source disk to. Here I choose disk 2 as the target disk. Please note all data on target disk will be removed and a backup is necessary. Ok click “Next” to go on.
Here we can change the disk copy methods. There are four options offered for us and I choose the second and the fourth one:
1. Fit partitions to entire disk according to the partitions proportions.
2. Copy partitions without resize, that is to get a totally same disk layout with the original ones.
3. Edit partitions sizes on this disk.
4. Force to align partitions to 1MB to improve the performance of SSD.
By clicking “Next”, MiniTool Partition Wizard will give us a warm prompt, saying if we want to boot from the target disk, we have to set boot sequence in BIOS. Ok that’s it. Go on to continue. Finally we should press “Apply” to make all changes effective. Since I am copying the system disk, MiniTool requires a reboot for data safety.
This is the end of how to clone disk by using disk copy freeware. Besides backup disk, this MiniTool freeware also does good in partition copy and migrate OS. If you have got the similar issue, try using this freeware to help you.