disk clone


In this blog post, we will learn what disk cloning is, when to use disk cloning, and how to perform disk cloning using AOMEI Backupper standard free edition.

What is Disk Cloning?

Disk cloning is the process of copying an identical copy of one hard drive to another. The content is saved into an image file and transferred to a storage medium, which could be another computer hard drive or removable storage. 

When to use Disk Cloning

  • To upgrade your drive to a more capacity hard disk in case your computer system running out of disk space.
  • Migrating data from HDD to SSD drives
  • Making a duplicate copy of your drive as a backup.
  • Mass deployment of operating system.

What is the difference between Disk Cloning and Disk Backup?

Disk backup and disk cloning are the two processes with the same goal of copying all the hard disk data, but still have some differences.

The disk cloning is the process of copying an entire hard disk along with data and the operating system. Disk cloning is used to replace an aging hard drive and upgrade the existing one.

The disk backup copies everything to an image file and helps you restore it in case you lose some of your data due to file or folder damage or corruption.

How to perform Disk Cloning using AOMEI Backupper Standard

In this example, we will perform disk cloning of “Disk 2” onto “Disk 3” by using AOMEI BackUp standard backup software. Follow the steps below to perform disk cloning.

1. Open the AOMEI Backupper Standard application, select Clone, and then “Disk Clone.

Disk Cloning in AOMEI Backupper

2. Select the source disk for cloning, Disk2, and then click Next.

Disk Cloning in AOMEI Backupper

3. Select Disk3 and press Next; the destination disk will be formatted and all data will be erased.

Disk Cloning in AOMEI Backupper

4. A message stating that the data will be overwritten or deleted on the destination disk will appear; click OK.

Disk Cloning in AOMEI Backupper

5. Select sector by sector clone or SSD alignment. It is recommended to use SSD alignment if you are cloning to an SSD drive.

6. Click “Start Clone” wait for the cloning process to complete then click Finish.

Disk Cloning in AOMEI Backupper

Disk cloning has been completed.

Learn how to backup and restore in AOMEI Backupper Standard Free Edition by reading the post below.



Disk clone is a very useful feature to have in backup software to clone an entire hard disk to another hard disk. For example, cloning an HHD to SSD. Follow the steps mentioned in this post to clone a hard disk using AOMEI BackUp Standard Free Edition backup software.

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By Feroz Khan

Feroz Khan works as a system administrator with more than 12 years of experience in information technology. He would like to share the knowledge with others that he has gained during his working experience.

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