Cloning is very useful when you want to upgrade your old Windows hard drive to a new one and don't want to reinstall your system. This article is going to show you how to clone Windows 7, XP, or Vista to safely upgrade your operating system without any bootable failure problem.
How to clone Windows 7, XP, Vista hard drive
To clone Windows, you need a cloning program at first. If you don't have one, here is my recommendation: Wondershare WinSuite 2012. This Windows cloning software enables you to clone your whole operating system to a new hard drive without any change, including programs, personal settings, etc.
After purchasing the program, you'll get a download link from Wondershare. Download and install it on a your computer. Then follow the steps below to clone hard drive Windows 7, XP, and Vista.
Step1. Launch the program and prepare to clone Windows
Launch the Wondershare WinSuite on your computer and move to the "Disk Management" option on the top. Then choose "Clone Entire Disk" if you want to clone the whole disk, or choose "Clone One Partition" if you only want to clone the operating system partition. Here take the partition as an example.
Step2. Select the source partition (disk)
Now, select the sorce partition where your Windows locates, and click "Next" to continue.
Step3. Choose the destination partition
Then, choose your new hard drive for your Windows as the destination partition. Click "Next", your Windows will be cloned to the new hard drive immediately.
Step4. Clone Windows hard drive to a new one
Before cloning begins, you need to comfirm that the data on the new hard drive will be overwritten during the cloning. If you're sure, click "Yes" to finish cloning. If you want to backup data first, press "No" to back it up, then clone Windows again.
When the clone finishes, there will be a "Successfully Cloned!" pop-up message, which means you've successfully cloned your Windows!