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    About "Copy Disk"

    Copy Disk copies all partitions and data from one disk to another in several steps, and it even can copy an MBR disk using GUID Partition Table for target disk, which makes it possible to use all space of disks larger than 2TB. It is much time-saving and useful under one of the following situations.

    1.Want to upgrade small disk to larger one but do not want to lose anything, including Windows OS, installed programs, game records, and so on.
    2.Plan to replace damaged disk with a new one.
    3.Make a copy for an important disk in case of accidents.

    All partitions and data on the copy can be used normally, and users even can boot computer from the target disk if the source disk is a system disk. In addition, copying disk brings no damage to data saved on source disk.

    Note: target or new disk should be large enough to hold all data on source disk.

    How to Copy Disk

    Step 1: run MiniTool Partition Wizard to get the main interface.

    Step 2: select the disk which needs copying and activate "Copy Disk" or "Copy" from one of 3 places boxed by red line. Here, we choose "Copy Disk" from the left action panel.

    copy disk select source disk and choose function

    Step 3: select the disk that will save all contents of the source disk and then click "Next>". Note: please backup all important data on target disk in advance, because all its data will be deleted.

    copy disk select target disk

    Step 4: select a copying option to decide the layout of target disk, or manually change partition size and location by changing the length and location of partition handle. Of course, you can also type exact partition size in MB, GB or even TB. Then, click "Next>" to get a boot note.

    copy disk select copy option

    Note:
    • If you are an SSD or advanced format HD user, we highly suggest keeping the option "Align partitions to 1MB" checked, which can improve disk performance.
    • If the target disk is larger than 2TB, we suggest checking "Use GUID Partition Table for the target disk", because it supports disks larger than 2TB while MBR supports the maximum disk size of 2TB.
    • MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition doesn't support copying MBR system disk using GUID Partition table for the target disk.
    • If you check "Use GUID Partition Table for the target disk" and the source disk is a system disk, please remember to change BIOS mode to UEFI for successful boot.
    • Without checking "Use GUID Partition Table for the target disk", the target disk will become an MBR disk even if it is originally a GPT disk.
    • If the source disk is a GPT disk, you’ll not see the option "Use GUID Partition Table for the target disk".

    copy gpt disk choose copy option

    Step 5: read the popup note carefully since it shows how to boot from target disk, and then click "Finish" button to continue.

    copy disk copy note

    Step 6: click "Apply" button on the top left corner to apply all pending operations. If users are copying system disk, MiniTool Partition Wizard will ask them to restart computer. Just click "Restart Now" button, and then MiniTool Partition Wizard will copy partitions and data to new disk in boot mode. When all operations are completed, the computer will restart automatically. At this time we can say we are successful to copy the entire disk.

    copy disk apply changes

    This is the end of MiniTool Partition Wizard Tutorial to Copy Disk.