Copying or duplicating partitions is important as it helps us to make a backup copy quickly, that is, to move the data and files to another partition or hard drive to avoid the loss of files or data. This is one of its most useful functions, although some people also find it necessary to be able to distribute an identical environment to several computers. But to copy or duplicate partitions you must first learn to make or create partitions in AOMEI Partition
Today we will explain what hard disk partitions are and how they can be copied or duplicated using AOMEI Partission Assistant Pro software in a very simple way.
What are partitions?
A partition is the name given to each partition present on a single physical drive in data storage. To make it easier to understand, having several partitions is like having several hard drives on a physical hard drive, since each one has its own file system and they work differently, however, at some point you may need to resize partitions in AOMEI. Partition
The usefulness of partitions are different . One can be used to store sensitive data with security measures so as not to interfere with the rest of the system as backup copies, although they can also be used to install different operating systems.
There are three types of partitions: The primary partition, the extended or secondary partition, and the logical partition. Let’s see the difference of each one:
- Primary partition: They are the primary partitions of the hard disk that depend on a partition table, which the computer detects when it starts up, so that is where the operating system is located.
- Extended or secondary partition: The basic function of this partition is to store data, since it is not possible to install operating systems on them. It was designed to have more than four partitions on a hard drive.
- Logical partition: These are the partitions that are created within an extended partition. It is only necessary to assign a size, a type of file system and it can be used.
If we look at every time we open “My Files” on our computer in the “My Computer” option, we can see that there are “Disk D”, “Disk F” or “Disk C”, some people think that they are different hard drives when they are really nothing more than partitions of the physical hard disk built into the PC.
Steps to copy or duplicate hard drive partitions using AOMEI Partission Assitant Pro
Before we begin we remind you that only unallocated space could be selected as the destination place to contain the source partition. You can delete unused partitions in AOMEI Partition or shrink already created partitions to get unallocated space.
If you have open applications that are located on the partition you will use, you must close them, or in any case AOMEI Partission Assistant Pro will notify you to close these applications.
Open AOMEI Partission Assitant Pro. On the main console, right click on the partition you want to copy and press “Copy Partition”.
In the pop-up window, you will find two different ways to copy partitions: the option to quickly clone partition and clone sector by sector.
- Clone partition quickly: This option only copies the used space of the partition and supports resize partition during the copy process.
- Clone sector by sector: This option copies the entire partition regardless of whether it is used or not, this option takes longer to perform.
Select any of the methods mentioned above and then click “Next.” You can confirm the actions performed in the pop-up window.
In the next window, the destination location must be selected in order to keep the source partition. Then click “Next”.
The next step is to resize the source partition so that it can fit the destination partition according to your needs, or if you wish you can skip this step and just click “Finish”.
After having clicked on “Finish” you must return to the main console and click on “Apply” in the toolbar to confirm the copy of the partition and that’s it.
After having done the procedure as the steps say, we will see each of the partitions with the name and size that we have chosen. It should be noted that if you deleted something that you did not want, you can restore or recover a partition in AOMEI .