How to Use Xcopy to Clone a Disk


Xcopy is a command that was first introduced with Microsoft DOS and has been included with all editions of Microsoft Windows. Xcopy is capable of copying multiple files, directories or hard drives from one location to another. It can also be used to directly transfer the contents of one hard drive to another.

  • Open the Start menu and type "Command Prompt."

  • Right-click "Command Prompt" on the results list and click "Run as administrator."

  • Provide your administrative authorization by supplying an administrator password or clicking "OK" at the authorization request screen.

  • Access the drive you wish to copy. Type the drive letter followed by a colon symbol, then press "Enter." For example, type "D:" to access the "D" drive.

  • Ensure you are at the root of the drive by typing "cd" followed by a space, the letter of the drive, a colon symbol and a backslash. For example, "cd D:\" to ensure you are working at the root of "D."

  • Type "xcopy . <newdrive>" without quotes. This will clone the entire disk to another by copying all of its data to a new device.

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