By Emily / Last Updated October 23, 2019

“How do I clone an SD card?”

“Hello, experts, I can't seem to find a way to clone an SD card inserted into my PC to another external hard drive? (Ideally sector by sector).Is this possible? If possible, how to do it specifically? I'm running Windows 10. Thanks!”

The need to clone SD card in Windows

An SD card is a kind of non-volatile memory card, which is widely used in portable devices such as Android phones, digital cameras, media players, video game consoles and more. It provides a quite convenient way to store files. However, sometimes you might need to clone your SD card in Windows for card upgrade or files backup:

  • Make a complete data backup

If everything on the SD card is important, cloning this entire SD card to another disk will make a complete data backup, effectively avoiding data loss or damage.

  • Make SD card upgrade or replacement

If the current SD card capacity cannot satisfy your needs any more, you can clone it to another larger one to make an easy upgrade while keeping previous data safe.

SD card cloning is the process that you make an exact replica of everything on a different disk or drive. The process might cost your time and effort, but it is always worthy.

Freeware to clone SD card in Windows 10/8/7

Well then, how do you clone an SD card? It is an easy task to clone SD card in Windows computers if given a right disk cloning utility. Here we would like to recommend you using AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It is a piece of free SD card cloning software for Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista users. To meet different requirements, it provides two disk copy methods:

  • Copy Disk Quickly: only copy the used space of the disk to another one, and you can adjust partition size during the cloning process. In this way, you can clone larger drive to smaller drive.

  • Sector-by-sector Copy: clone every sector of the disk to the destination disk no matter the sector is used or not. This method requires the target disk is larger than, at least equal to, the source disk. So you can clone SD card to larger SD card as well.

Moreover, this freeware also supports cloning a bootable SD card. Next we will show you how to clone an SD card step by step.

Before proceeding:

  • Back up everything on the destination location no matter you want to clone SD card to another SD card or other hard drive, because the cloning operation will erase data on the target disk.

  • Make sure the destination location has enough space to hold all data on the source SD card you will clone.

  • Prepare an SD card reader to plug your SD card into it and connect this reader to your Windows PC.

  • Download and install free AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard on your Windows 10/8/7 computer.

Step 1. Run the SD card cloning software. In its main interface, Click “All Tools” > “Disk Clone Wizard” in the left pane.

Disk Copy Wizard

Step 2. In this window, you can choose a proper copying method according to your actual situation and requirements, here we choose the first one and click "Next".

Copy Disk Quickly

Step 3. Here you can choose the source SD card you want to clone, click "Next".

Select Source Disk

Step 4. Now select the target disk to hold all content on the source SD card and click "Next".

Select Destination Disk

Step 5. In this window, you can adjust the partitions on the destination disk, or you can skip it by clicking "Next" to go to next step.

Edit Disk

Step 6. Back to the main interface, click "Apply" to begin the cloning process.


Sum up

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard can make it quite easy to free clone SD card in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP. Besides cloning an entire disk, it is also able to clone partition to another drive.

If you want to experience more advanced functions including migrating OS from MBR to GPT, or GPT to MBR disks, secure erasing SSD drives or allocating free space from one partition to another, exending system partition without restarting computer and more, you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.