Cloning Hard Drive Windows7 to New HDD by Reliable Cloning Software
Why cloning hard drive Windows 7
Along with the increase of single hard drive space, more and more users replace the old small hard drive with a bigger one (500GB, 1TB and etc) especially for Windows 7 users. Through cloning hard drive Windows 7, we could move all of the data from our old HDD to new HDD without reinstalling Windows 7 or other applications. This is the most efficient method to upgrade hard drive.
How to clone hard drive windows 7
As one of the cloning hard drive software-Partition Magic supports clone hard drive. However, cloning hard drive in Windows 7 is not as easy as Windows XP, because we could use Partition Magic in XP but not in Windows 7. Luckily, we find a replacement tool which could not only work as well as Partition Magic but also supports Windows 7. This tool is the latest partition magic for windows 7-Partition Assistant. Here we have an example about "how to clone hard drive windows 7".
- Disk 0-source disk: occupied by Windows 7 installation file. (36GB)
- Disk 1-target disk: A fresh external hard disk. (66GB)
Step1. Free download partition magic windows 7, install and launch it. In the main interface, click "Disk Copy Wizard" in the side tool bar.
In the pop-up window, you could select the method to clone hdd windows 7. There are two methods "Copy Disk Quickly" and "Sector by Sector Copy". Select the one you want click "Next". (Here we select "Copy Disk Quickly")
- "sector-by-sector copy", the target disk must be equal or larger than the source disk.
- System/Boot disk, dynamic disk, GPT disk and offline disk cannot be selected as a target disk.
- If there were some data on a target disk, all the data will be erased after you apply the changes.
Select the source disk then click "Next". (Here is disk 1).
In the next window, select the target disk, and then click "Next". (Here we select Disk 2)
In this window, we could adjust the partition size on the target disk through three different options. Then click "Next". (Here we select first option)
In the finial window, read the note about boot from target disk, then click "Finish".
Click "Apply" button on the tool bar to commit the operation of cloning hard disk Windows 7
After that you will find the program requires committing the operation under the boot mode. Then it will restart your computer, and the operation will start under the Pre OS mode.
When the operation completed successfully, you will find the hard disk windows 7 has been cloned to new hard disk.
Now you could remove your old hard disk, and boot from your cloned Windows 7 hard disk, you could also resize partition in Windows 7
with this Windows 7 partition manager.