May 30, 2019

How to Clone External Hard Drive to another External Hard Drive in Windows


“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.

clone external hard drive to another in Windows


How to Clone External Hard Drive 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.

select source and destination drive


Here, you need to pay attention that if your source hard drive (500G WD hard drive) only has one volume; you just need to choose it as the source target. If there are multiple volumes in it, you need to clone it one by one.

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.

start drive clone 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.

External tips: How to Backup External Hard Drive to Another with CloneGo

If you want to back up external hard drive data, you can also use CloneGo to create a backup to another external hard drive.  It is as easy as the partition clone process:
  1. Run CloneGo and choose Backup.
  2. Select the external hard drive you want to back up.
  3. Set a destination to save the backup file.
  4. Click Start and allow the backup operation.
  5. Get the compressed backup file. 

back up external hard drive to another


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