Cloning hard drives is a very common maintenance task for both PCs and server users. It helps a lot to transfer data or applications seamlessly from old drive to a new one without reinstallation, do a full backup in case of a hard drive crash, or just set up multiple computers. You know there are several famous disk back and cloning software like Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image, but you will find them too expensive. In this article, we will show you the guide to clone hard drive with free partition magic software.
Free Cloning software
This partition magic freeware is totally free of charge, it not only enables you to clone hard disk drive easily, also provides many feasible features to fully manage the hard disk drive like resize/move partition, extend system partition, create partition, align partitions, etc.
Giving two ways to clone hard drive – Copy Disk Quickly and Sector-by-sector copy, this free partition magic software will be a good clone utility and can clone all program files, documents, data and other applications on the old drive to the new one easily.
Since Windows 8 will come late in this October, this must be an exciting year for most Windows users. If you are planning on upgrading your old hard drive to a new hard drive in Windows 8, this freeware will do you a favor.
Tutorials to clone hard drive with free cloning software
Tips: before cloning the hard drive, make sure that the size of the target hard drive must be matched with the source drive that you want to clone from.
If you select “Copy Disk Quickly“, the target hard drive must be equal or larger than the used space on source drive;
If you select “Sector-by-Sector Copy“, the target hard drive must be equal or larger than the source drive.
Step1: Launch Aomei Partition Assistant Home Edition;
Step2: Select the source drive (here’s Disk 1). Then, right click it and select “Copy Disk”;
In the pop-up window, choose the method to clone hard drive;
In the next window, select a target disk (new hard drive).
In the “Edit Disk” window, you can select any copy option listed there;
Step3: Click “Apply” to save all the changes and the old drive was cloned to a new one.