Consider such a scenario: When you need to
upgrade from a mechanical hard drive to a solid state drive, or if you
have no more spaceon the system drive’s SSD, you need to expand it. If your system contains a lot of important things. If reinstalling the system and software is too cumbersome, you definitely want to be able to move the system completely to the new disk. So is there any simpler, faster and more effective way to achieve this? The answer is certainly yes, let’s take a look at how to use the
Clonezillato achieve this.
Extended reading: Clonezilla introduction and how to make a Clonezilla bootable U disk
Use Clonezilla to backup and restore Win10 system
I. Why choose Clonezilla ?
Why not choose
symantec ghost (should be the most used software for domestic backup and restore system) and backup and restore software such as
diskgenus? Mainly based on two points:
1. The old version of ghost is not good for win10 support, including gpt partitions.
2. The speed of them are slower than Clonezilla. The backup and restore speed of Clonezilla is almost 10 times that of the above two softwares. In my test, the ghost is almost 2 hours, the diskgenus is more than an hour, and the Clonezilla takes only 10 minutes!
II. Necessary conditions
- The new hard drive or partition used to restore the system must be larger than the backup system. For example: your previous system disk C drive is a mechanical hard drive, C drive partition 100G, then now if you want to replace with SSD solid state drive, this solid state drive needs more than 100G!
- There is already a Clonezilla to boot the USB flash drive. If you still can’t make it, you can refer to my other article:
- There is a bootable USB flash drive or CD with a PE system. If you haven’t already, you can make another one from my articles:
- Connect the new disk to the motherboard
The next preparatory work is divided into two cases:
- If the previous system is on a separate hard disk, such as a 128G SSD solid state hard disk for the system disk, then you do not need to do the following preparations.
- Traditional mechanical hard disk, in addition to the C disk system disk and other partitions as data disks, then the
following work needs to be done:
1). Restart the system, select the U disk with the PE system from the startup item to enter the PE system, start the partition software such as diskgenus, and then the
old disk) where
the system that needs to be backed upis located. Make a backup of the
partition table, and then restore the partition table just backed up on the disk that the system needs to be restoreed (ie
IV. Backup and restore
- Restart the system, select the Clonezilla from the boot option to start the U disk, enter the Clonezilla, and most of the steps can be found in my article:
The only difference is that we need to change
The latter two options are the same as the above preparations, and need to be operated according to the system partition of the old disk:
- If the previous system is on a separate hard disk, such as a 128G SSD solid state hard disk for the system disk, and the new disk is only intended to be used as a system disk alone, you can choose
- In addition to the above situation, all other cases select
partition-partition. In this case, because we have created a partition table for the new disk,
so the work we have to do is to back up the system-related partitions and restore the corresponding partition on the new disk.Need to pay attention to: the system-related partitions may not only be
the partition where the system data is located, but also includehidden recovery partitions
,boot partitions’, etc., we need to put the
data partition frontwith The relevant partitions are backed up.
- After backing up a partition, if you still need to back up the next partition, you can enter the Clonezilla without restarting the system. You can choose to back up again directly in the
V. Confirm that the new disk system is working properly.
- Open the chassis, uninstall the old disk in the motherboard, and keep only the new disk.
- Restart and enter Bios, make sure that the
First Startitem is
New Disk, save and exit.
- If you can enter the system normally after restarting the system, congratulations, you have basically completed the whole work!
VI. Extra work
- Open the chassis and plug in the old one again.
- Enter the PE, use the partitioning tool such as
diskgenusto delete the
related system restore and boot partitionsof the previous old disk, and then delete the unused partitions as needed.
Assign and format.
- Restart and enter the win10 system. If you open
My Computer, you will find that there is only one disk partition of the new disk. What happened? Don’t worry, follow the steps below to solve:
Disk Management(in the
win10 search barEnter
Create and format the hard diskin the search results),
Select the old disk, click
Right mouse, just select in the pop-up menu