If I Copy a Bootable USB Drive to Another USB, Will It Create a Duplicate Bootable Drive?

I think it's a dumb question but a search with Google seems to indicate that it is not even possible to copy or paste data on a bootable drive to another USB. But even if we were able to copy it, why should it not work? Please tell me what you know, thanks!

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Melissa Lee· Answered on Feb 27, 2023

In fact, the question is not about whether it will create a duplicate bootable drive or not, but simply copying the files will not make a bootable drive. You have to copy the parts that actually make it a bootable drive (such as the bootloader, etc.).

Normally, there is no reason this should not work. But if you still can't do it yourself, you may try EaseUS OS2Go. It is designed for users to create a portable Windows USB drive, with support from Windows XP to the latest Windows 11. With this tool, you can put your own OS on a tiny USB stick and then use it on any device you want. Download it now!

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Related article: Create Bootable USB Without Any Software Using CMD

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