Free Cloning (and booting) your Windows, using 2 USB sticks, and no trial bloatware
- Need a brand new disk, not used as raid. Plug it, when computer is OFF ;) Also need access to BIOS (F2 when booting usually).
- In your Windows Control Panel, search for “Recovery” and make a recovery disk on USB disk #1.
- Get GParted Live USB and install it on USB disk #2 (with tuxboot for instance).
Time for “Plug and Pray” (reboots)
- Reboot with GPartedLive, you may have to change your BIOS settings to boot USB.
- In GParted, first select the new disk and change its partition table to GPT.
- Then select the Windows disk and partition you want to clone, right click and select Copy (CTRL-C is not working for me). Yep, that easy.
- Go in the new disk and right click the unformated space then select Paste. Wow, give yourself a hug, you’re cloning big time.
- Same for the UEFI partition, no need to copy-paste MSR (or … try and let me know, not harmful).
- Shutdown, remove your windows source disk (previous C:\),
- Boot (BIOS to select Windows (UEFI), not the hard drive directly) to try, chances are you can’t boot and get error 0xc0000225 about winload.efi, just because of a pesky stupid letter! Follow on:
Gimme a letter, come on!
- Reboot with Windows Recovery Disk (BIOS to boot on USB).
- Navigate through Menu to go to and open the command line (My windows is not english, not sure about menu names).
- Once in command terminal, enter: “diskpart”, then “list volume”, note the Volume number of the FAT32 100MB disk (UEFI partition). As a mentalist, I can see it doesn’t have a letter assigned, right? Well that’s the only problem.
- Enter “select volume=”+ the number of your UEFI disk
- Enter “assign letter=w” (or something you never use), then “exit”.
- Back to Command Terminal, enter “bcdboot C:\Windows /s w: /f uefi /v”, basically you’re telling widows where the uefi partition is.
- “Exit”, shutdown from Recovery menu. Remove the USB disk.
- Reboot, change BIOS to start on Windows, and TADA! You just cloned the whole disk and boot perfectly.