How to do System Clone or System Migration?

Updated on August 14, 2023 by Admin to System Clone Software

As a system clone software, WinToHDD can help you to clone an existing Windows OS installation (Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista) to another disk (HDD/SSD). As its name implies, the system clone means to make an exact copy of the original operating system to another storage device such as a hard disk drive (HDD) or a solid state drive (SSD). It not only copies the operating system files, but also the installed applications and other custom settings, so you don't need to reinstall the applications and reconfigure the operating system after cloning. The advantage of this is that you can use a disk that has cloned Windows to quickly restore Windows when Windows system fails, or upgrade the disk where Windows is running to a larger disk.


Tutorial to do System Clone or System Migration with WinToHDD.

Step 1. Run WinToHDD, then click the "System Clone" button.

Select System Clone icon

Step 2. Select the Windows OS installation which you want to clone in the drop-down list, you will see the detailed system information under it, click "Next" if you are sure.

System Clone icon

Step 3. Select the destination disk in the drop-down list, a pop-up will appear asking you if you want to format it to continue, select the partition scheme you want to use and click "Yes" to continue.

Select partition scheme

tips Tips:

  1. The "MBR for BIOS" and "GPT for UEFI" options will cause the destination drive to be formatted, so all data on the drive will be destroyed.
  2. If you choose "Keep the existing partition scheme", you need to manually prepare the partitions on the disk before this step, and here is the user guide on how to manually prepare partitions for the destination disk.

Step 4. Select the boot partition and system partition from the partition list, the selected partitions will be marked as red.

Select target partition icon

tips Tips:

  1. The "Legacy" installation mode installs Windows directly into the boot partition on the drive, and the VHD/VHDX installation mode installs Windows on the VHD/VHDX file that is stored in the boot partition.
  2. The "Sector by sector clone" option enables you to clone all sectors from source boot partition to destination boot partition.
  3. If you want to encrypt boot partition using BitLocker, tick the "Enable BitLocker" check box and enter encrypted password. You can also specify the encryption mode and encryption strength here.

Step 5. Click "Next". After clicking "Next", WinToHDD begins cloning Windows to the destination disk. Please note that if the destination disk is currently in use, WinToHDD needs to create a WinPE image and reboot into WinPE to complete the cloning operation.

cloning windows to destination disk icon

Step 6. It takes some time to clone. After the clone is successful completed, restart the computer and change BIOS to boot from your hard disk drive.


Follow these simple steps, you can migrate Windows OS to hard disk drive with free system clone software WinToHDD easily.

If you need to backup Windows or clone one disk to another, please try our free Windows backup software - Hasleo Backup Suite.