“I bought a new WD 4TB external USB 3.0 portable hard drive. And I used the WD 500GB with only one volume before. Both are using the NTFS system. Now I want to clone the data from old WD hard drive to the 4TB one. But I do not know whether there is a simple way to do that. I do not want to copy and paste the documents and files one by one.”
For the users who want to transfer data from one external hard drive to another, it seems to be a big project to deal with a larger number of files. Here, you will get the super easy way to clone external hard drive to another external hard drive in Windows. Besides, you can get ideas to back up an external hard drive to another.
Case 1: How to Clone External Hard Drive with only One Volume in Windows
Yes, you need a helpful tool to finish this data migration task. iSunshare CloneGo is highly recommended here to clone the external hard drive. It is free to download to clone and backup any NTFS drive to another hard drive in the partition to partition mode.
Step 1: Plug the two WD external hard drives into available USB ports. Then, the Windows computer will recognize it and allocate a drive letter to them.
Step 2: If there is a new external hard drive, you need to initialize and allocate new volumes to it.
Step 3: Download iSunshare CloneGo program and make it installed on your Windows computer. It will take a few minutes to do it.
Step 4: Open CloneGo and select the source hard drive and destination hard drive partition.
Here, you need to pay attention that as your source hard drive (500G WD hard drive) only has one volume; you just need to choose it as the source target.
As for the destination target, it should be any partition from another larger external hard drive (4TB WD external hard drive). The partition chosen here will be formatted later.
Step 5: Start the cloning process.
After you click the Start button, you will get a prompt about the format tips. You need to confirm it and then the data clone from external hard drive to another external hard drive begins.
When the process ends, you can open the target hard drive to check whether all data is copied successfully or not.
Case 2: How to Clone External Hard Drive with Multiple Volumes in Window
If your external hard drive has been separated to multiple volumes, there is a much easier way for you to clone the external hard drive to another hard drive with the help of iSunshare CloneGo. You can make good use of Disk Clone feature to finish the task.
Step 1: Connect the two external hard drives with the Windows computer and you should make sure another hard drive has been initialized.
Step 2: Open the program and select Disk Clone from the left menu.
Step 3: Select the external hard drive with several volumes as the source disk and another hard drive as the target disk. Of course, you have the choice whether to set the After Finished operation for your computer.
Step 4: Hit the Start button and it will warn you that the data in target disk will be formatted. You can click Yes to start the external hard drive cloning process.
Also, you can apply this way to clone the external hard drive to internal hard drive partition. The essential thing you need to take care of is the internal hard drive partition should have enough space to hold the data.
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