Can you copy a (bootable) USB to another USB?
Hi, experts, I have two USB hard drives, SanDisk USB flash drive32GB and Samsung USB flash drive 64 GB. Now I want to clone my SanDisk USB Flash Drive to Samsung USB Flash Drive that is much larger and faster. So I would like to know can I clone USB drive to another USB drive and how do I do it? Thanks!
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Why do you need to clone USB drive?
Nowadays, USB flash drives are very popular data storage media because they are small and portable to carry around. Many users choose to save important files onto the USB flash drive. And in order to avoid data loss when the USB drive is not recognized, you might want to make a backup for files on the USB drive.
To achieve that, you can copy files from one USB drive to another USB drive via“Ctrl+C” and “Ctrl+V” if you just have personal files or documents. However, if this USB drive is a bootable drive and includes boot files, that method will make your boot files useless and then you will be unable to launch programs. Thus, you can choose to clone the whole USB drive or the USB hard disk to other devices. That can easily transfer mass data or even bootable files to another device.
Best free USB drive cloning tool to help clone USB drives
In order to clone (bootable) USB stick or USB hard drive, the USB clone tool is required. Here we strongly recommend AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. This free clone software can help you copy USB drive without damaging the original data for free in Windows 11/10/8/7 and Windows XP/Vista. In addition, this tool can clone SD card, memory card, HDD, SSD to another data storage device, etc.
Besides, it is equipped with many other exciting features:
❥Enables you to wipe a USB hard drive to completely erase privacy data from the drive.
❥Allows you to make a bootable USB drive to enter WinPE mode for executing some special operations such as formatting C drive, wiping system disk, etc.
❥ Permits you to rebuild MBR in an easy way to deal with some Windows failing to boot up issues.
❥ Supports creating portable operating system USB with system disc or ISO.
Steps to clone USB drive in Windows 11/10/8/7
In this part, we will walk you through how to copy USB drive to another disk (SSD, HDD or etc) in Windows 11/10/8/7 via free AOMEI hard drive cloning program. First of all, please download the freeware, connect the USB drive and the destination disk to your computer, and ensure both of them are detected successfully.
Note: Please back up important data on the destination disk since this cloning process will erase data stored on it. To clone USB drive in Server OS, try AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.
Step 1. Install and run the USB drive cloning utility on your Windows computer, click “All Tools” in the left panel, and choose “Disk Clone Wizard”.
Step 2. Two copying methods will be available for you to choose. Select one according to your requirements, and click “Next”. Here we choose the first method.
①“Clone Disk Quickly” only copies the used space on the USB drive to the target disk, in which you can clone USB drive to smaller drive.
②“Sector-by-Sector Clone” will copy every sector to a target disk, which requires the target disk to be equal and larger than the source disk.
Step 3. In this window, you need to choose the USB drive you plan to clone, then click “Next”.
Step 4. Now you can choose the destination disk to save everything on the USB drive. If the target disk is an SSD drive, you can tick “Optimize the performance of SSD”.
Step 5. Here, you will be able to adjust partition size based on your needs. When everything is done, click “Next”.
Step 6. Then click “Finish” to confirm this operation and return to the main window.
Step 7. In the main interface, click “Apply” and “Proceed” to execute this disk cloning operation.
With several clicks, you can easily and quickly clone USB drive to another USB drive in Windows 11/10/8/7 with the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.
The free Standard edition can only clone data disk between MBR and GPT, and clone system from MBR to MBR for free. If you want to clone system disk from MBR to GPT, GPT to MBR, or GPT to GPT, you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. It has more advanced features such as allocating free space from one partition to another, recover deleted partitions, splitting partitions and more.