You ran out of space on your Windows 8 PC, now you want to clone your boot drive (HDD, SSD, Whatever..) onto a bigger drive.
Old faithful Clonezilla failed you for the first time, like it did for me…. the drive cloned but a corrupt MBR and no amount of bcdedit.exe or bcdboot.exe commands would fix it. Really. I’m not sure what corrupted using a simple Clonezilla approach, I really did try it several times and each time with either Windows 8 Recovery, and various permutations of bcdedit & bcdboot.
The native Windows 8 system backup/restore also failed (glad I never had to use that in anger…)
Enter a freeware solution – AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.
What was encouraging (for me) was that it wouldn’t let me clone to a clean formatted disk. It needed to be unattached (Disk Management > Delete Volume). I guess it should ask you if you want to delete any existing volume instead, but anyway, it worked.
An added bonus was that I was able to resize & merge partitions after.