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MiniTool ShadowMaker Helps Clone Hard Drive in Windows 7

Although Microsoft has been firmly pushed Windows 10 to all Windows computer users, Windows 7 still occupies a huge market share. Thus, how to manage hard drive in Windows 7 can still arouse hot discussion, and hard drive clone Windows 7 is among the debates. In this article, you'll see how to deal with hard drive clone in Windows 7.

image Windows 7 Still Occupies

Microsoft has been firmly pushing Windows 10 to all Windows computer users for a long while, and in comparison there are many advantages over Windows 7, the latter still occupies a huge market share. It is reported that Windows 10 grew by 0.97%, reaching 35.71% overall market share. But it is still over 6% behind the market share of Windows 7. Windows 7 is such a classic operating system in succession to Windows XP and a number of Windows users stick to use it for a long time.

How to manage hard drive in Windows 7 can still arouse hot discussion, and hard drive clone Windows 7 is among the debates. Specificly, when it comes to data backing up, there's no shortage of alternatives to choose from. If you're exactly looking for a backup strategy for your Windows 7? Consider cloning—your hard drive, that is. Because there are few methods are as simple and straightforward as simply cloning your hard drive, especially with a reliable backup utility.

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.

Clone Windows 7 Hard Drive with Reliable Third-party Utility

MiniTool ShadowMaker- professional disk imaging software - is a reliable third-party program I’ve ever used to clone a hard drive. You can not only use it to do disk imaging but also use it to deal with the cloning process easily and quickly. 

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.

Now 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".


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.


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.




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.


Disk cloning is a kind of hard drive backup, together with copy&paste and disk imaging. Usually, you can use copy&paste to make a backup, but this does not work to an operating system. Disk imaging makes more sense for a backup, because you can save several copies into one drive, and can restore to one of the copies according to your needs.

There are other methods you can use to clone Windows 7 hard drive. 

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