2931: How to clone a laptop hard drive

Last update: 04-10-2022

If you have decided to replace the hard disk of your laptop with a new one, you can use Acronis True Image to do the cloning.

It is recommended to put the new drive in the laptop first, and connect the old drive via USB. Otherwise you will may not be able to boot from the new cloned drive, at Acronis True Image will apply a bootability fix to the new disk and adjust the boot settings of the target drive to boot from USB. If the new disk is inside the laptop, the boot settings will be automatically adjusted to boot from internal disk. As such, hard disk bays cannot be used for target disks. For example, if you have a target hard disk (i.e. the new disk to which you clone, and from which you intend to boot the machine) in a bay, and not physically inside the laptop, the target hard disk will be unbootable after the cloning.

(!) If you are using Acronis True Image 2017 or earlier, the cloning should be done from Acronis Bootable Media (created on CD/DVD or Flash). When cloning from Acronis Bootable Media, you do not need to have an operating system or an Acronis product installed on the new drive. You do not even need to have the new drive formatted to do the cloning. For information on Acronis Bootable Media see Acronis bootable media

Even when you start cloning in Windows, the computer will reboot into the Linux environment the same as when booting from the rescue media. Because of this, it is better to clone under rescue media. For example, there may be a case when your hard disk drives are detected in Windows and not detected in Linux. If this is the case, the cloning operation will fail after reboot. When booting from the rescue media, you can make sure that Acronis True Image detects both the source and target disks before starting the cloning operation.


Assuming that you have your new drive installed in the laptop, and the old one connected via USB, here is a sample cloning scenario with Acronis True Image:

  1. Boot the laptop with Acronis bootable media.
  2. Run Acronis True Image and select Tools & Utilities -> Clone Disk:
  3. Select the Automatic mode to have your old disk's partitions automatically and proportionally resized to fit the new disk:

  4. Select your old hard disk, which is connected via USB, as the source disk:

  5. Select the new hard disk, which is installed in the laptop, as the destination disk:

  6. Click OK to allow the product to erase all data from the destination disk (required to do the cloning):

  7. On the Disk Usage step, select how you are going to use the clone.

  8. Review the operation on the Summary window, and click Proceed to start the cloning:

The product will then clone the disk.

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Cloning of both desktop and laptop hard disks is supported.

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