Why clone USB bootable drive?
USB drives mostly are used to store and transfer personal data in old days. Nowadays, more and more PC users would use USB drive as boot device for disaster recovery. Bootable USB flash drive contains boot files that can start a computer. If you place a system ISO image there, the USB drive will be a good restoring tool. It is important, so it needs protection. To clone bootable USB thumb drive can be accepted as a way to back it up, for instance, clone it to hard drive. You can still boot the computer even the first bootable USB drive is broken or likewise.
If you want to deploy the same bootable device to other computers, clone bootable USB drive to another USB drive. For example, you have a bootable USB stick with system image on and you want to transfer it to other colleagues so that they can do the same restoration. As a result, copy USB to USB is necessary.
In addition, like upgrading hard drive in PC, you may like to upgrade USB drive with larger ones when it is fulfilled with stuff. Assuming that the USB drive you plan to upgrade contains bootable partition, drag and drop it to new flash drive cannot work. The best way is to clone USB bootable stick to larger USB.
How to clone USB bootable drive in Windows easily?
That’s too bad that Windows doesn’t come with clone feature. Thus, it is better to turn to professional third-party software to clone bootable USB drive. There are lots of cloning tools out there but which one is the best choice? Given that you want to upgrade USB drive, the cloning software should have more than sector by sector cloning method. Because the intelligent cloning feature would skip bad sectors and ensure successful cloning in the process if the USB drive damages a little.
AOMEI Backupper Professional allows you to clone USB bootable flash drive to hard drive, SSD, or another USB drive by Disk Clone feature. All partitions including boot drive and data drive on the USB stick will be cloned to target disk in several clicks. You have options to decide whether keep the same layout or adjust partition size on the destination disk before starting cloning.
Clone bootable USB drive in Windows 7 step by step
1. Boot up computer normally, and plug in the bootable USB drive as well as the target disk to your PC. Make sure both of them can be detected by Windows. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper. Select Clone and click Disk Clone.
2. Select the bootable USB flash drive here.
3. Then select the destination disk that you want to clone bootable USB drive to. It can be HDD or another USB drive.
4. Click Edit partitions on the destination disk to adjust partition size if you wish. If the target disk is an SSD, check Align partitions to optimize for SSD to get peak performance. Click Start Clone after configuration.
Tips: Please note that ticking Sector by sector clone box will make resize partitions unavailable.
Within a few moves you are able to clone USB bootable drive to other places in Windows 7. Above method also applies to Windows 10, 8, 8.1, Vista and Windows XP since AOMEI Backupper Professional supports all these operating systems. In fact, this cloning software is also great USB automatic backup software. It provides incremental backup and differential backup with daily, weekly, and monthly mode. As backup solution, it supports backup Windows system to USB drive without encounter “The drive is not a valid backup location” warning.