7 best cloning software for Windows 10 [SSD, HDD]

Matthew Adams
by Matthew Adams
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  • Cloning your Windows 10 is the best way to make sure you have a backup solution.
  • The list below will be showcasing the best tools that you can use to clone Windows 10.
  • This list is composed mainly of backup software, and we have many more articles featuring them in our dedicated Backup Software Hub.
  • For more articles on the topic, also visit our Data Recovery page.
5 best software tools to clone Windows 10

A Windows 10 clone might be required if you’re planning on upgrading a hard drive. Alternatively, you can set up a backup copy of Windows 10 for a system recovery disc or USB drive.

There are numerous software packages you can set up a Windows 10 ISO with.

A Windows 10 ISO is an image, or exact copy, of the platform. It’s a clone of the Windows 10 system disk. When you have set up a Win 10 ISO, you can then save that to a USB drive or CD/DVD recovery disc.

These are some the best software packages to clone Windows 10 with. 

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The best tools to clone your Windows 10

Topping out our list is a software tool that manages to prove with each yearly iteration that it is the best choice for the job.

Acronis True Image 2020 is a go-to solution for anyone that wants to create a complete and identical copy of their current Windows 10, which they can use for future rollbacks and backups.

Of course, what makes this tool exceptional is that it doesn’t simply create a copy, it manages to filter out any elements that may have forced you to create copies in the first place.

For example, Acronis True Image 2020 comes with proven anti-malware technology, allowing for efficient safeguarding of all of your data, apps and systems.

These include  AI to stop ransomware and crypto-jacking in real-time, as well as blockchain data notarization.

As for the backup component, Acronis True Image 2020 provides users with an intuitive and comfortable UI, so creating copies and backups isn’t something that will give you any headaches.

Here are some of the perks of using Acronis True Image 2020:

  • Intuitive UI
  • Constantly updated
  • Provides you with cloud backup and recovery
  • Combines state-of the-art anti-malware and backup technology
  • Supports mirror imaging, disk cloning, and all‑in‑one recovery drives
  • Now available at a special discount price through our website for a limited time.

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TopTenReviews rates Paragon Hard Disk Manager™ 17 Advanced the best disk imaging software for Windows. This has a freeware edition that you can add to Windows 10, and other platforms, from the Paragon website, but it also have a payable version.

The utility includes a variety of options for complete disk backups.

One of the more unique options Paragon Hard Disk Manager™ 17 Advanced has is its Backup Capsule. This enables users to sets up a reserved partition managed by the software for easy recovery.

Its backup wizard also enables you to set up filters to exclude temp, log, exe and other file types from the ISO. As such, with those filters, you can compress the ISO. In addition, it also supports differential backups for ISO images.

Paragon Hard Disk Manager™ 17 Advanced

Paragon Hard Disk Manager™ 17 Advanced

A complete hard disk manager for backups, rollbacks, restores, and more, all within a single intuitive UI.

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If you need a simple tool to clone your Windows 10, you might want to consider MiniTool Partition Wizard Pro. The tool allows you to extend system partition, but you can also merge your partitions as well.

Of course, the tool fully supports partition cloning allowing you to easily clone your system drive.

If needed, you can also move your operating system to an SSD drive. The tool also supports basic disk management features such as splitting, formatting, wiping, etc. If needed, you can also convert a disk partition table or file system.

MiniTool Partition Wizard Pro offers decent features, but if you want to unlock all features, including data recovery, we strongly recommend that you purchase the Pro version.

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MiniTool Partition Wizard Pro 12

Create perfect backups and clones of your Windows 10 OS with the help of this reliable tool.

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Another great tool that you can use to clone Windows 10 is AOMEI Partition Assistant. The tool allows you to resize or move your partitions, but you can also merge them.

The application allows you to clone disks and partitions, but you can also migrate your OS to an SSD drive.

Other partition management features such as partition creation, formatting and deletion are also supported. Of course, you can also split, extend and recover your partition.

As for additional features, the application also allows you to convert your GPT or MBR disk. There’s also bad sector and partition check available. If you want, you can also wipe the entire disk or partition using this tool.

AOMEI Partition Assistant is a great tool, and it’s available in Free and Pro version. The Free version offers all aforementioned features, but if you want to get access to all features, you might want to consider purchasing the Pro version.

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Macrium Reflect is another of the more highly rated backup tools that have great cloning options. The software has five alternative editions, one of which is the v6 freeware that you can install by clicking the Download button on its download page.

The freeware version has direct disk-cloning options, but the Home, Workstation and Server editions include faster rapid delta cloning and enable you to set up incremental images.

The software has a sleek, modern GUI and plenty of wizards. As such, you can easily set up a Windows 10 image file with its Create Backup Wizard. Its options enable you to set up compression levels for clone backups.

All the Macrium Reflect editions enable users to create a differential image file after the initial full image. It also includes a handy Verify Wizard tool to check backup images with.

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DriveImage XML V2.50 is a freeware tool for imaging and backing up partitions in Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista. At 1.78 MB it’s a lightweight software package that is rather simple to use.

The great thing about this program is that it uses Microsoft’s Volume Shadow Services so it can create hot images with other drives in use without users rebooting Windows.

While it might lack the more advanced options included in some backup utilities, the software enables you to do any basic cloning. With it, you can clone one disk to another, clone individual partitions and copy a disk to image.

DriveImage XML enables users to browse images and extract files from them. Plus you can also schedule image file creations with the Task Scheduler in Windows.

If you want an alternative Task Scheduler, check out this list with the best task scheduler tools for Windows 10 available right now.

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EaseUS Todo Backup is widely rated among the best disk imaging and backup software for Windows 10. EaseUS Todo Backup is retailing at $29.00, but you can add a more limited freeware version to your desktop/laptop from this page.

The utility has a clean, polished UI and is perfect for quickly cloning Windows 10 hard drives. Cloning Windows 10 with EaseUS Todo Backup is straightforward, and it also has extra software guidelines on its website.

EaseUS Todo also integrates with Microsoft Volume Shadow so that users can back up volumes without undermining any other operations.

Its sector-by-sector backup provides an identical image clone of the original Windows 10. The software also includes a check image tool that checks image file integrity.

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Cloning Windows 10 isn’t that hard, especially if you have the proper software to do it. Speaking of cloning, in this article we’re going to cover the following topics:

  • Clone Windows hard drive to SSD, to the new hard drive, to a new computer
    • Cloning Windows 10 hard drive to a new SSD or hard drive is rather simple, and you should be able to do that by using one of the tools from our list.
  • Windows 10 bootable clone
    • Many users want to create a bootable clone of their Windows 10 drive.
    • This is possible and rather simple to do as long as you have the proper software for it.
  • Migrate Windows 10 to new hard drive
    • If you purchase a new hard drive, you don’t have to install Windows 10 and all your applications again.
    • Instead, you can migrate Windows 10 and all your files to a new hard drive using one of these applications.
  • Clone Windows 10 hard disk, image, partition, system drive
    • Creating a hard disk image is simple and straightforward, as long as you have the proper tool.
    • Using these tools you can easily clone your system drive, any other partition or your entire hard drive.
  • Clone Windows 10 MBR to GPT

These software packages have some of the best options for cloning Windows 10. They’ll give you a full Windows 10 ISO that you can add to CD/DVD or set up a bootable USB key with. Or Mac users could set up Windows 10 in a virtual machine app with the ISO.

If you have any other questions or suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.


FAQ: Learn more about creating clones of your OS

  • What is OS cloning?

In simple terms, cloning an OS is the same as creating a backup, so the software used is pretty much the same.

  • What can I do with a Windows 10 clone?

You can use the Windows 10 clone for rollbacks or backups to a previous state when your OS had fewer issues.

  • Does Windows 10 have cloning software?

Windows 10 has a built-in Backup feature that allows you to create efficient clones of your current OS.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in June 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.