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.
The best tools to clone your Windows 10
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 new hard drive, to 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 – In one of our previous articles we explained how to convert MBR to GPT disk, but you can also do that using one of these tools.
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|Free/Paid||Paid (has trial)||Paid(has trial)||Paid||Free||Free||Paid (Free version also available)||Paid||Free|
|Changing Advanced Cloning Options||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||N/A||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Paragon Backup & Recovery 16 (recommended)
TopTenReviews rates Paragon Backup & Recovery 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 Backup & Recovery 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.
Update: Paragon Backup&Recovery 16 was replaced with Backup&Recovery Advanced. This is a better backup utility from Paragon and it comes at a better price than the previous with a bunch of new features (apart those you might be familiar with). It also comes at a better price: $29.95, what means $10 cheaper than Paragon Backup&Recovery 16. It also has a free version that you can download from the official website and test it on your PC.
MiniTool Partition Wizard Pro (suggested)
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 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.
Acronis Disk Director 12
If you’re looking for a tool to clone your Windows 10, Acronis Disk Director might be just what you need. The application is fully compatible with FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, Ext2, Ext3, ReiserFS3, Linux SWAP file systems.
Acronis Disk Director allows you to clone entire hard drive, so you can easily clone Windows 10 and all your data. In addition to cloning, the application allows you to split, resize, merge, convert and copy volumes and files. Formatting is supported and you can also recover deleted volumes.
It’s also worth mentioning that you can see detailed information about your hard drives and partitions. You can also explore each partition before making any changes to it. If needed, you can hide partitions, preview changes and optimize hard disk space usage.
Acronis Disk Director 12 is a solid cloning tool, but it also allows you to manage your hard drives and partitions.
Macrium Reflect is another of the more highly rated backup tools that has 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 initial full image. It also includes a handy Verify Wizard tool to check backup images with.
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.
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If you’re not interested in setting up a Windows 10 clone yourself, check out the freely available Media Creation Tool Microsoft’s website. This is not disk imaging software with which you can set up and configure a Windows 10 ISO file. It enables you to download a Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft. Then you can select to burn that ISO to CD or DVD with the software.
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 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.
EaseUS Todo Backup
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.
- Download now EaseUS Todo Backup free version
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.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in Otober 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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