By Dylan / Last Updated March 20, 2020

"I need to clone bootable CF card"

I have a bootable compact flash card running windows 10 operating system. I want to clone the bootable CF card to another drive as a backup in case that Windows fails to boot and can't get fixed.

Can you tell me how to accomplish this? thank you.

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Compact Flash(CF) is a flash memory storage device commonly used in portable devices, like digital cameras, laptops. CF was specified and first manufactured by SanDisk. It much more durable, smaller, and faster than other storage device making it the first option for professional photographers, filmmakers, and other people. Now Compact Flash card has become one of the most popular memory storage devices. Besides SanDisk, Lexar, Delkin, Kingston produce their own outstanding CF card.

Compact Flash

Nowadays, more and more people need a clone CF card duplicator to clone due to some reasons, such as:

  • Back up important data. If you have a bootable CF card, it is rather difficult to restore data from a bootable Compact Flash card compared with mechanical memory cards. If the data on the CF card is lost, it would be very troublesome to get them back. Thus you’d better perform a backup for your bootable Compact Flash card.

  • Free up some space. The data on the CF card is necessary for you, but it has much less free space than it was after years of use. You can migrate it to other space with Compact Flash clone utility, and then delete the data on the Compart Flash to free up space.

But how to clone a Compact Flash card in detail?

Choose an appropriate CF card duplicator

To clone CF card easily, there is a powerful Compact Flash duplicator software for you-AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. It owns lots of amazing features to make it meet your demands about cloning.

  • This duplicator enables computer to boot from the destination disk after cloning CF card. It migrates all the partitions and files, including all the system boot files to the new disk.

  • It can clone a large drive to a smaller one as long as the destination drive has enough space to contain the used space of the CF card.

  • It supports cloning disk in different Windows operating systems, including Windows 10/8/7, Windows Vista and Windows XP.

Let’s see the detailed steps to clone Compact Flash card with such CF card duplicator.

How to clone Compact Flash card safely and easily?

Open the motherboard, and insert CF card into it with a Compact Flash reader or adapter. Then you can download the Demo version to have a try firstly.

Step 1. Open AOMEI Partition Assistant, right-click the bootable Compact Flash disk. And choose “All Tools” > “Disk Clone Wizard”.

Disk Copy Wizard

Step 2. According to your need, choose a clone method in this window, “Clone Disk Quickly” is recommended. Then click “Next”.

Copy Disk Quickly


Clone Disk Quickly: it clones only used space and allows your clone larger drive to smaller one, so it is much faster.

Sector-by-Sector Clone: it clones all sectors to another space, regardless of used or not, so it is slower than the first one.

Step 3. Choose the CF card as the source disk, and click “Next”.

Select Source Disk

Step 4. Now choose a disk as the destination disk to store the bootable CF data and files. If it is a SSD, please check “Optimize the performance of SSD”. Then click “Next”.

Select Destination Disk

Step 5. Then you can edit the partition on the destination disk. After that, click “Next”.

Edit Disk

Step 6. In the main interface, click “Apply” and “Proceed” to start cloning CF card.


Then just wait for the operation to get finished.


As you can see, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is a great CF card duplicator. You can clone CF card to another disk in a few clicks. And it provides many other functions to better manage drive and PC. For example, when you finish the cloning operation, it also allows you to wipe data the old CF card completely, so that you don't need to worry about the information stealing. And you can perform disk alignment after cloning to improve the performance of disk. .

By the way, if your computer is running with Windows Server system, you can try AOMEI Partition Assistant Server Edition.