How to Clone Hard Drive in Windows 7

Why Clone Hard Drive Windows 7

① Hard drive backup: Cloning Windows 7 hard drive is an effective way to back up data in Windows 7, thus avoiding data loss if the hard drive is damaged or gets virus attack.
② Hard drive upgrade: You can also increase the hard drive capacity though disk cloning. For example, you can clone a hard drive to another one with larger storage space; or you can clone an HDD to an SSD for better performance.
③ Clone Windows 7 to multiple computers: Many companies install computers by cloning the hard drive since the computers are usually with the same configurations, hence avoiding installing the operating system and necessary applications repeatedly.

For backing up data, there’s no shortage of alternatives to choose from. Few, however, are as simple and straightforward as simply cloning your hard drive. If you need to copy all of your data, or want to safeguard against a corrupted or physically damaged hard drive, having a functional copy of the drive you can immediately turn to is hard to beat.

Windows 7 has its own disk imaging utility that is just as effective, cloning a drive with third party utility is a relatively uncomplicated affair. MiniTool Partition Wizard is all-in-one disk/partition manager that can help you clone hard drive, but here in the post, I’d like to introduce another MiniTool software – MiniTool ShadowMaker, the latest and best backup software.

How to Clone a Hard Drive Windows 7 64/32 Bit

Although there are good reasons to clone a hard drive, cloning hard drive in Windows 7 is not that easy as you have thought. Besides, Windows built-in Disk Management won’t work on this issue, no such option for you. Therefore, users had better turn to other ways to safely and efficiently clone hard drive in Windows 7 free.

How to clone a hard drive in Windows 7? Well, first of all, you need to prepare the following 2 things:

  • Hard Drive: needless to say, you need the disk which we call source disk to be cloned and another hard drive which we call target disk to hold the copy. Make sure the two hard drives can work normally.
  • Disk Cloning Software: believe it or not, a good disk cloning software can save your day! Those who employ shoddy software finally find that they are spending too much time, and the cloning result is disappointing. Our goal is to get this done quickly, efficiently, and with minimal chance of misstepping. With this in mind, clone hard drive Windows 7 freeware is strongly recommended.

Use MiniTool ShadowMaker

MiniTool ShadowMaker – professional disk imaging software – is a program that can clone a hard drive Windows 7. You can not only use it to do disk imaging but also use it to deal with the cloning process easily and quickly. MiniTool ShadowMaker allows you to backup your Windows 7 machine and restore in case you need it. It allows you to make a full, incremental or differential backup for your system as well.

Before you do:
1. Connect the target hard drive to your PC and make sure it is recognized by Windows.
2. Make sure all data on the target disk has been backed up because all data on it will be cleaned.
3. Install and launch MiniTool ShadowMaker to the main interface.

Then follow the detailed steps below to clone Windows 7 hard drive.

Step 1. After you launch MiniTool ShadowMaker, you need to choose which computer to manage. If you are dealing with the local PC, select “This Computer” to enter its main interface. Then navigate to Tools where you can find a utility called “Clone Disk“.

choose Clone Disk under the Tools tab of MiniTool ShadowMaker

Step 2. Select “Clone Disk“, then you will be asked to choose the source disk and the target disk. Please enter each column to make your own choice.

source and destination

Step 3. Click “OK” and confirm that you want to clone hard drive. Immediately the process begins and will be finished in a short time.

confirm cloning

clone finished


When the disk cloning process is finished, you will see the following information.


This means you get two totally same hard drives; hence Windows marked the target disk as Offline. If you are cloning hard drive Windows 7 for a backup, you can power off your computer and then disconnect the target disk. However, if you want to boot from the target disk, you need to set the target disk Online at Disk Management, and then change the boot sequence in BIOS.

Clone hard drive Windows 7 can help protect data in hard drive, upgrade HDD to SSD, and avoid trouble in installing Windows 7 on every computer with same configurations. By using MiniTool Partition Wizard and MiniTool ShadowMaker, users can clone Windows 7 hard drive easily and safely.