Why do you need to clone USB drive?
A USB flash drive or pen drive can be used for a lot of things. You can run portable version of programs and games, create Windows recovery disk, create Windows installation media, try open-source operating system, etc. Because it is cheap and convenient, many users have one or more USB drives for a certain purpose. Here comes an example:
“Looking for a reliable and easy-to-use USB clone tool… I have two USB sticks in hand and I’d like to clone one of the USB (bootable) to the other (newly purchased) for upgrading. Is there any easy way to accomplish? I’m not so familiar with computer knowledge, so… Thanks in advance.”
Since USB drive is very small, they are inclined to go missing. With lots of times of plugin and plug-out, your USB drive can get infected by virus from a virus affected computer. To avoid data loss in these unexpected events, you can clone your USB drive as a backup copy.
A clone is different than just copy and paste the files from one to another. Simply copying files may skip some crucial files, ending up the portable program corrupted or OS unbootable. A USB drive clone is much safer and quicker than just copy and paste. If you clone a bootable USB drive, the cloned one will remain bootable.
When you see one of the USB hard drive failure symptoms, you should clone this drive to another good working USB drive to replace it. You can never be more careful about your data, so it always a good practice to have a backup or clone of your USB drive.
USB cloning software free
To make sure all the data on the USB drive successfully cloned to another, you need to use a professional USB drive clone tool. That is when AOMEI Backupper Standard comes into play. It is free software that allows you to backup or clone bootable USB drive or other kinds of USB disks to different places such as another USB drive or internal hard drive.
If you want an exact copy of the original USB drive, you can use the Sector by sector clone option to even clone the unused space. You can also clone USB boot drive from large capacity to a smaller drive without the need to shrink the source drive.
This USB clone tool works on any Windows computer. If you create a bootable media with a USB flash drive or CD, then you can use all its functions without loading Windows system.
How to clone bootable USB drive (step-by-step guide)?
Whether you want to upgrade your USB drive or make multiple bootable USB drives, you can use AOMEI Backupper to clone your bootable drive. You do not need to pay extra effort on the bootable drive, because this freeware takes care of it all.
To clone a USB drive with AOMEI Backupper:
1.Download and install AOMEI Backupper on a working Windows 10/8/7 computer. Connect two USB drives to this computer, the source drive and then destination drive.
2. Open AOMEI Backupper. Click Clone and select Disk Clone. Disk Clone will clone all the data on this drive including hidden partitions. If you need to only clone one partition on this USB drive, you can select Partition Clone.
3. Select the bootable USB flash drive that you want to clone as the source disk and specific another disk as the destination disk to receive the clone. You can also clone USB drive to local disk or network drive.
Note: All the data on the destination will be overwritten when the clone starts.
4. If you are trying to clone USB drive to an SSD, check Align partitions to optimize for SSD to get better performance. Click Edit partitions on the destination disk to resize partition on the destination disk if needed, which is available in AOMEI Backupper Professional edition. After that, click Start Clone to start cloning bootable USB drive.
Note: The Sector by sector clone is not available when you trying to clone to a smaller drive. If you check it, the option Resize partitions becomes unavailable.
While cloning USB bootable drive in Windows 10/8/7, you can still use your computer to do other things, and you can even edit the files in the USB drive that you are cloning.
AOMEI Backupper cannot only be regarded as a USB clone tool, but also as a USB image tool. You can also use it to create USB drive image backup.