If you are going to clone C drive to external hard drive in Windows 7/8/10 computer, creating an exact copy that you can swap in and boot up immediately, here you will find the effective and easy way to make it done at ease.
Why do you need to clone C drive to external hard drive?
The C drive is always the system drive in Windows7/8/10 computer. When you are going to clone the C drive to external hard drive, it means you want to clone OS to the external hard drive. When and why you need to do this operation? We summed up several situations here.
- You plan to clone OS from HDD to SSD and make the SSD with larger space as a boot disk. Meanwhile, the old HDD can serve as the data disk. In this way, you can make the computer work much faster and store much more data.
- If your computer stops working from time to time and you want to upgrade it, it is better to copy C drive to a new drive. As a result, it is no need to spend time reinstalling the OS and your necessary applications.
- Your computer has been used for a long time and there are lots of tools installed on C drive. And you are suggested to replace the hard drive to improve the performance. In order to make the new hard drive works the same as the old one, you need to clone system drive to the external hard drive.
Copy C drive to External Hard Drive with free Windows cloning software
For you to clone the external hard drive in Windows 7/8/10 as easy as possible, the powerful and free Windows cloning software has been developed—iSunshare CloneGo. It gives you the opportunity to clone the whole C drive from an internal hard disk to the external hard drive. More importantly, you can make the external hard drive bootable on any Windows computer. Let’s explore how to achieve it step by step.
Step 1: Connect your external hard drive.
First of all, you should prepare the external hard drive: HDD/SSD. If you are using a desktop computer, you should turn off the computer and open the computer case. Then, you can use the SATA cable to make the SSD/HDD connected with the computer. For laptop users, they can directly make the external hard drive connected.
Step 2: Initialize the new HDD/SSD.
After you restart the computer, you should go to Computer Management and check Disk Management (7 Ways to open computer management in Windows 10). At this time, you can right-click the inserted hard drive or SSD and get the Initialize Disk option. Click it and you need to select the disk and choose the partition style: MBR or GPT. In the end, Click OK and finish the initialization.
Step 3: Choose C drive as the source target under Copy feature.
Firstly, you need to download and install CloneGo on your computer. Then, start this program and click Copy on the left menu. After that, you can select C drive as the source target in the Select a Source target part.
Step 4: Make the external hard drive as the destination target.
In the Select a destination target part, you need to choose the external hard drive or its partition as the destination target. And this software will format it later. Therefore, you should make a backup of the external hard drive data if it is not a new drive.
Step 5: Begin the Clone Process.
When everything is ready, you just need to click the Start button and get a notice. Click OK to begin the cloning process.
Step 6: Replace the cloned hard drive with your hard drive if needed.
After you get the C drive cloned in the external hard drive, you can install it on the computer and it is better for you to add the new volume to the hard drive for data management in the future.
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