How to: Copy A Hard Drive to A USB Flash Drive

Posted by @AOMEI

December 23, 2016

Learn how to copy a hard drive to a flash drive easily in Windows using AOMEI Backupper which is a powerful backup and recovery software.

Can I copy hard drive to USB flash drive?

Can I clone hard drive to USB flash drive? If possible, how to copy a hard drive to a flash drive? Well, many people create bootable USB drive for certain reasons. It’s not only a way to protect operating system and user data from system crash, but also a method to free up some disk space indeed.

You probably know that there comes Windows To Go feature since Windows 8 which enables you to install Windows on USB, whereas only Enterprise version offers this utility. Thus, you may need to hire a third-party software for help if with previous versions of Windows.

Copy hard drive to flash drive via AOMEI Backupper

How to copy a hard drive to a flash drive? AOMEI Backupper gives you the easiest solution. AOMEI Backupper is an easy-to-use backup and recovery software supporting Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP as well as Vista. And no matter you’re an Enterprise edition user or not, you can clone bootable hard drive handily via this tool by following steps below.

Step 1: Download and install AOMEI Backupper.

Step 2: Connect flash drive to computer then install AOMEI Backupper. On the main interface, select Create Bootable Media under utilities.

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Step 3: Choose the bootable disc type. One is Linux, another is Windows PE. The former can be created straightway while the latter may require Windows AIK installed in your operating system in advance. Since Linux bootable disc has some drawbacks, the second option is recommended.

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Step 4: Click Next to continue.

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Note: If your system is UEFI boot mode, which means the system is installed on a GPT disk, you will see two options in the next window.

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You’d better keep the default one but if you intend to use the bootable media on multiple computers with dissimilar hardware, choose the second one.

Step 5: Select storage media.

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Step 6: You’ll receive a warning telling that the flash drive will be formatted. So it’s necessary to back up important data before.

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Step 7: When operation is done, you can click Finish to exit the interface. Afterwards, reboot your computer and set flash drive as the first boot device in BIOS.

This is how to copy a hard drive to a flash drive with AOMEI Backupper. Well, apart from this feature, AOMEI Backupper also provides different types of backup, restoration and clone. By the way, as SSD becomes popular in recent years, if you want to upgrade hard drive, AOMEI Backupper can also help you replace hard drive without losing data.