How to do System Clone or System Migration?

2016-1-31, Posted by Admin to Windows Deployment Tool

As a system clone software, WinToHDD can help you to clone your current Windows OS installation (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.


User Guide: How to do System Clone or System Migration with WinToHDD?

1. Click to open the WinToHDD installation file. Follow the steps in the setup dialogs. You'll have the option to specify where to install WinToHDD.

2. Please use the following guidelines to prepare the partitions on the destination hard disk drive.

  • Booting BIOS-based computers: Please covert the hard drive to MBR partition scheme and create the system and boot partitions. The system partition can be FAT32 or NTFS format and the boot partition must be NTFS format. The system partition and boot partition can be the same partition.
  • Booting UEFI-based computers: Please covert the hard drive to GPT partition scheme and create the EFI system partition (ESP) and boot partition. The EFI system partition must be FAT32 format and the boot partition must be NTFS format.
  1. Both the system and boot partition must be primary partition, and we recommend using Windows built-in Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) to partition and format the disk. If you use a third-party partitioning tool to format the partitions, Windows may not boot properly.
  2. The destination boot partition must be 20% larger than the used space on source boot partition.
  3. If the destination system partition is FAT32 format, then it must be greater than or equal to 40 MB and less than or equal to 32 GB. (The recommended size is 100 - 500 MB.)
  4. Sector by sector clone option enables you to clone all sectors from source boot partition to destination boot partition.
  5. If you have formatted the wrong hard disk, you can use our Free Data Recovery Software Hasleo Data Recovery to recover your lost files.

3. Run WinToHDD as administrator, then click the System Clone Icon button.

Select System Clone icon

4. 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

5. Select the destination disk in the drop-down list, then select the boot partition and system partition from the partition list, the selected partitions will be marked as red.

Select target partition icon

6. Click "Next". After clicking "Next", a pop-up will appear asking you if you want to build a WinPE image to continue. Click "Yes".

Need To Build WinPE icon

7. After successfully builded the WinPE image, WinToHDD will prompt you to reboot the computer, click "Yes" button to allow WinToHDD to reboot your computer.

Need Reboot icon

8. It takes some time to clone. After the migration 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.