When you are upgrading Windows 8 hard drive, you would like to clone the whole contents of your old hard drive. If the hard drive contains Windows 8 system, you can not just drag and drop files in Windows 8 system partition to the new hard drive. Just copying and pasting Windows 8 system files will cause your computer fail to boot. However, free hard drive cloning software can do an excellent job to migrate all your Windows 8 files including boot sectors and other important information related to system to the new hard drive.
In order to meet the needs of Windows 8 users and provide an easy and safe solution to clone an old hard drive to new one, or create a backup of the entire hard drive. Most of Windows 8 partition manager software has been added with clone function. Some paid software will enable you to clone Windows 8 hard drive. However, if a freeware that can also complete the same task for you, why not choose it?
As Partition Magic alternative, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition is just a free disk partition software that lets you clone a hard drive to another by Copy Disk Quickly or Sector-by-Sector Copy. Besides, it supports both 32 bit $ 64 bit versions of Windows 8.
According to different hard drive clone methods, the size of new hard drive must match with the source one you want to clone. If you select "Copy Disk Quickly", the new hard drive may not be larger than the source one but must be equal or larger than the used space on source hard drive. If you select "Sector-by-Sector Copy", the target hard drive must be equal or larger than the source one.
Tip: Download Free AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition (File Size: 3.66 MB).
Step1: Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition.
Step2: Select the source hard drive (here’s Disk 1). Then, right click on it and select "Copy Disk".
Step3: Click "Apply" to save all the changes.
As ALL-IN-ONE partition manager and powerful disk management tool, AOMEI Partition Assistant also allows you to do the following operation in Windows 8: