Upgrade your Hard Drive by Cloning Method

Hard Drive Clonning is one of the method that duplicates the entire hard drive along with its content in a single given process. This procedure helps save on time and even makes it easier. Usually, it is done by a sector-to-sector process and you would need the exact similar capacity hard drive and at times, even the exact same model number. We shall use a free utility called AOMEI Back-upper, which can clone hard drives irrespective of the sizes.
Follow below further step to do this :
Step 1: Download and install the AOMEI Back-upper utility
It can be found on "www.aomeitech.com". The utility is just 52MB in size and does not need any serial key or registration – and it is free of cost. Do note down the volume names and partition sizes before you begin with your drive cloning. This will ensure you don’t run into accidental data loss by selecting the wrong drives and partitions.
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 Check the information in "My Computer" as well as in "Disk Management" under "Computer management" by right-clicking on "My Computer" and then clicking on "Manage".

Step 2: Start the utility
Now that you have installed the utility, start it up. Click on the "Clone" button on the left. This will highlight the next option from where you can choose to clone the disk. The next screen will inform you about the existing partitions, just the way you saw it in the "Disk Management" section in Windows.

 Here you will see that we have installed "Disk 2", which is a 1TB hard drive we are upgrading to. Note down the drives carefully and proceed.

Step 3: Choose the cloning method
You would upgrade to a higher capacity drive, so you need to click on the partition editor. Click it to know what more you can do with the option.

Here you will be given three choices:

  1. Clone the entire drive with the exact partition sizes and leave the remaining free space as it is.
  2. Fit all the existing partitions of the source disk to the destination disk with appropriate and proportional values.
  3. Edit the partition yourself so you can choose the volume sizes as per your choice.

Step 3: Now Cloning Start
You can choose any option you want or simply select option 1 as it is the safest choice. Option 2 is also good enough, but since you want to upgrade, this is a bad choice. Editing the partitions yourself is the best choice as you have control over how much space you want in each of your drive partitions.

Once you have made your choice, move ahead and click "OK". On the next screen that appears, hit the "Start Clone" button.

Step 4: Final Step
Your cloning will begin and it should take around an hour or two. But this is entirely dependent on how fast your PC is and how much of data you have on the drive. It is suggested that before you clone the drives, close all softwares running in the background, disconnect any open network connection and disable your screensaver. Once the data cloning is done, click on the "Finish" button and shut down your PC. Disconnect all wires, disconnect the older primary hard drive and replace it with the newer one. Start your PC and you will find everything as it was, just the drive space has been increased. This utility can be safely used with PCs running Windows XP or higher.