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If you want to change a solid hard drive, you should clone the data from the source drive to the target one. In this essay, we will talk about how to clone GPT disk.

how to clone gpt disk

Part 1: About GPT

Both of MBR and GPT are the standards of the layout of partition tables used for system startup. We should set the partition table format for the uninitialized hard disk.
MBR (Master Boot Record) is the old partition table format. When we get Windows started, a part of codes should be used to start up the system. If the MBR information is damaged, you cannot get into Windows normally. At the same time, since MBR is developed at the early stage of PC development, it is now merely used for the hard disk up to 2TB. If your disk is overt 2TB, the left capacity cannot be recognized. Besides, the MBR disk can be merely divided into 4 partitions.

1. GPT Advantages

Compared with MBR, GPT (GUID Partition Table) is the more advanced partition table format. GUID is known as globally unique identifiers.
GPT breaks the limitation of 2TB. The GPT disk is allowed to create unlimited partitions. Even though Windows only support the partitions up to 128 in a GPT disk, it can fulfill the requirements of a majority of users.
In a MBR disk, the partitions and the guide record are saved together. If a part of the data is damaged, we cannot get into the system anymore. On the contrary, the data copies are saved in the GPT disk, so the damaged disk is possibly recovered.
how to clone gpt disk
For those who use the over 2TB hard disk or the newly assembled computer, we recommend GPT. Now, it is supported by Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10. The partition table format is beneficial to the system startup acceleration. Click here to learn more about GPT and MBR.

2. Disk Clone for Different Partition Table Formats

GPT, the modern standard, is now gradually replacing MBR. But MBR is still compatible well with the system.
Does the partition table format affect disk clone? Strictly, the partition table format has no direct effect on disk clone. When we start up the system, the MBR disk should be booted from the BIOS guide mode, but the GPT disk from the UEFI guide mode. (Click here to learn about how to set the partition table format.)
Currently, we can use the clone applications to transfer part of the data, excluding the boot information. Therefore, we still need to reinstall the system after data transfer.
If you want to clone the GPT disk well, we recommend you use Renee Becca which can clone both of the GPT and MBR disks. It can smoothly clone the data from the source disk to the target one only if the capacity of the target disk is larger. Next, we will show you how to use Renee Becca to clone GPT disks.

Part 2: How to Clone GPT Disk with Renee Becca?

1. What is Renee Becca?

Renee Becca is the software specializing in backing up and restoring system/drive data, such as programs, system configuration, emails, photos, videos, documents and bookmarks. With the application of the incremental/differential backup technology, it can save time and disk space. Besides, it can back up partition, disk, folder and clone disk.
Hard disk clone/clone system disk: Copy everything from the source hard disk to the target one

Partition clone: Copy everything from the source partition to the target one

System redeploy: Redeploy your system to another hard disk

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Provides functions like backup, restore, clone, system migration.

Clone all data (including system) in HDD to smaller SSD or larger HDD.

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2. How to Clone?

It is convenient to clone GPT disk with Renee Becca, even though you are beginner. Here are the steps.
Step 1: After setting the GPT partition table format, download and install Renee Becca. Then, open the software and select [Clone] – [Hard Disk Clone].
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Step 2: Next, select the source disk and the target disk. Besides, move the lines between the boxes to adjust the partition size. If you clone the system disk, you can check the option [Make target disk bootable (System disk only)]. Finally, click on [Clone] to clone the data to the GPT disk.
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TipsIf you want to clone the system to the new disk, you can use the function [System Redeploy]. That is also convenient and time consuming.