Safely and Quickly Clone Raspberry Pi SD Card

Posted by @Cherry

October 21, 2016

Want to clone Raspberry Pi SD card for backup data on it? Cloning Raspberry Pi SD card can keep your data safe, or you can upgrade Raspberry Pi SD card while keeping old data.

Why you want to clone Raspberry Pi SD card?

Some users works with a Raspberry Pi SD card. Most of users know that the Raspberry Pi is a finicky little device.

SD Card

If you use the Raspberry Pi SD card, you may know that sometimes, when you turned a Raspberry Pi into a media center or retro gaming station, the SD card would be crashed and corrupted easily. Thus, you may lost everything on your Raspberry Pi SD card. To avoid this tragedy, you are suggested to clone Raspberry Pi SD card.

Besides. If you want to upgrade your SD card to a larger one, clone your Raspberry Pi SD card to a larger new SD card is a good way so that you can keep your old data on the new SD card.

How to clone Raspberry Pi SD card?

To clone Raspberry Pi SD card is to make an exactly copy of your SD card. But how to clone Raspberry Pi SD card? Here we highly recommend you a cloning software AOMEI Backupper, which can help you clone you SD card to another place with a simple steps. But before cloning, you need to remove the SD card from the Raspberry Pi, and insert the SD card to your Windows computer. then, you can follow the detailed steps to clone Raspberry Pi SD card to another place.

Step1.Install and launch AOMEI Backupper. Click Clone, and select Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

Step2. Choose your SD card as the source disk. Then, click Next.

Source Disk

Step3. Here you can select a destination place to transfer data from Raspberry Pi SD card to another. You can clone it to another new SD card, or an external hard drive/flash drive. Here we clone it to an external hard drive. Click Next.

Destination Disk

Step4.Here you can confirm all operations above, and set up more for the cloning. You can edit the partition on the destination disk to have the best status after cloning. Or choose to make a sector by sector clone to clone every byte on the SD card no matter it used or not. If you are cloning to an SSD, “Align partition to optimize SSD” is necessary to check for the best performance after cloning. Then, clickStart Clone to launch the progress.

Start Clone

If there is anything wrong with your Raspberry Pi, you can use AOMEI Backupper to restore image on your SD card. Besides cloning Raspberry Pi SD card, AOMEI Backupper also provides you cloning PS3/4 hard drive to a new HDD or SSD, migrate data from HDD to SSD on Windows 10/8/7, etc. It is a remarkable cloning software which is worth to have.