How to Clone Raspberry Pi SD Card

Tracy King updated on Oct 12, 2020 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

How can I clone my Raspberry Pi SD card

"I have a Raspberry Pi SD card with 16GB and I have been writing programs for my Raspberry Pi (running Debian) for a few weeks. Now I would like to make sure I protect the work I have done.
How can I backup the files I have created? Some friends told me to clone Raspberry Pi SD card, but I have no idea about how to do this job. Is there any suggestion?"

The Raspberry Pi is a finicky little device which is usually used as media center or retro gaming station. But sometimes, it would freeze or crash, requiring you to unplug it to get it going again, which would corrupt the SD card. When facing such a situation, you have to set up the Pi from scratch. It is really annoying! To avoid such a problem, you are strongly advised to clone Raspberry Pi SD card for backup. It allows you to copy the all-set-up image back to the SD card, put it in the Pi, and be up and running again in minutes instead of hours when Raspberry Pi crash.

How to clone Raspberry Pi SD card with EaseUS backup software

To clone Raspberry Pi SD card effectively and easily, you need a reliable SD card clone tool. Here EaseUS easy backup software is recommended for its powerful backup capacity and flexible & advanced backup features. Working well in disk clone, the program is extremely helpful for duplicating SD card or backing up an SD card's contents. It allows you to create an exact image of your Raspberry Pi SD card and you can easily restore that image to another SD card or the same one later. Now you can learn how to clone Raspberry Pi SD card by this software with simple steps. (The following steps show you how to clone one SD card to another. You can change the target device according to your needs.)


  • Connect both of the SD cards to your Computer.
  • Download EaseUS Todo Backup to your computer.

Step 1. Open EaseUS Todo Backup and go to the "Clone" feature.

open easeus todo backup and click clone

Step 2. Select one of the SD cards that you want to clone. 

select one of the usb as your source disk

Step 3. Select the other SD card as the destination to save your data.

select the other USB as your destination

Step 4. Preview the disk layout and then click Proceed to execute the USB cloning process.

preview the usb settings and click proceed to satrt usb cloning

Finish all the three steps, you can successfully clone Raspberry Pi SD card to another card. And if you are looking for a tutorial to clone USB flash drive, this guide is also helpful! Just try it whenever you have a need.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose EaseUS Todo Backup?

"The easiest way to protect your data and system files."techradar

"As a slogan, EaseUS develops software to "make your life easy." It's clear from this app's reliability and design that this is a priority. Todo Backup Home is one of the easiest PC backup programs to use in our review."

"EaseUS ToDo Backup Home is a great backup program, well suited to the home and SMB space."PCWorld

What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

About EaseUS Todo Backup

Be it a file, system, partition, or disk, EaseUS Todo Backup will help you back up or clone the item and provide you with multiple backup plans.