How to Free Clone USB Drive to Another

Jean updated on Apr 03, 2019 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

How Can I Clone Bootable USB Drive

I have a bootable USB drive with Windows 7 on it. And I want to copy it to another USB drive. I was planning to simply copy and paste the files over. But my friends told me that it won't work, and I have to create an image of the bootable USB drive and restore it to another drive. Then what's the fastest and easiest way to do this job? Should I clone the USB drive to another? If so, how can I do it?

Why You Need Clone USB Drive Rather ThanJust Copy the Files

Usually, when comes into USB drive backup, users are thinking to manually copy the files from the USB drive to the computer or another storage device. Then they can copy them back whenever they want to restore them to the USB drive. It is an efficient way if you just want to keep the personal files and documents on the USB drive. But if you want to backup your bootable USB drive, this method is not workable. You should clone USB drive with reliable free cloning software to create an exact copy of its contents, including the master boot record (MBR), slack space, and any unused space.

Steps to Clone USB Drive with EaseUS Free Cloning Software

EaseUS free backup software is effective backup software that you can rely on to clone USB drive. Working well in disk clone, the program is extremely helpful for duplicating bootable USB drive or backing up a drive's contents. It allows you to create an exact image of your USB drive and you can easily restore that image to another USB drive or the same one later. Now you can learn how to clone USB drive by this software with simple steps.

Step 1. Insert both the USB flash drives to the available USB ports on your computer. Check if Windows recognized them correctly. Now launch EaseUS Todo Backup. Let's assume that you wish to clone USB disk 1 to USB disk 2. Expand the home menu and choose "Clone".

choose clone to clone usb to usb

Step 2. Choose the USB disk 1 as the source disk and click "Next".

choose one usb as the source disk

Step 3. Choose the USB disk 2 (with an equal size or larger size than the disk 1) as the destination disk and click "Next".

choose the other usb as the destination disk

Step 4. Preview a disk layout and click "Proceed". 

preview disk layout and click proceed

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose EaseUS Todo Backup?

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

"EaseUS Todo Backup Free is one of the most popular free data backup applications available. This software offers a myriad of features and is extremely user-friendly. It provides a full system backup, meaning you can back up your entire operating system."TopTenReviews

"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.