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How To Clone a Hard Drive

If you would like to change your hard drive or SSD but you want to avoid having to re-download all of your apps and files, you may want to clone your hard drive onto your new one. The most simple way to do so for Windows users is to use the free application EaseUS Partition Master, which allows you to easily clone your disk.

Cloning Your Hard Drive Using EaseUS Partition Master

N.B. Please note that the new disk must be at least the same size as the old one. For example, if you would like to clone a 100-Go disk onto an 80-Go disk, the operation will not work.

To begin cloning your disk, you will need to install the new disk without preparing it. Now, start up Windows normally.

Download and install EaseUS Partition Master, then launch the program.

Click Clone, and select the hard disk that you would like to clone, followed by the destination disk.

Now, you may select the type of clone that you would like to perform. Choose Optimize for SSD if the destination disk is an SSD as this will ensure sector alignment in the process. Choose Sector by sector clone if you would like to ensure that the destination hard disk/partition is exactly the same as the source hard disk/partition. Select Create a Portable Windows USB drive if you want to ensure that the cloned USB system disk can boot normally.

Preview the clone layout, then click Proceed to begin the copying process.

Once you're done, you can access the cloned disk by right-clicking My computer, then clicking Manage > Storage > Disk Management.

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