How to Copy/Clone Bootable USB Drive in Windows 10/8/7 (2020 Tips)

Jean updated on Aug 17, 2020 to Todo Backup Resource | How-to Articles

How to Clone Bootable USB Drive to Another Drive

copy bootable usb to another usb

  1. 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and click "Clone".
  2. 2. Choose the disk clone method according to your own demands. 
  3. 3. Choose the bootable USB drive as the source disk.
  4. 4. Choose the new USB drive as the destination disk.
  5. 5. You're allowed to edit disk partitions now or any time else after cloning...Read More>>

How Can I Make an Exact Copy of a Bootable USB Flash Drive

From Superuser.com

"If I copy a bootable USB drive to another USB, will it create a duplicate bootable drive? I thought it's kind of a dumb question but a search with Google seems to indicate that it is not even possible to copy/paste data on a bootable drive to another USB? But even if we were able to copy it, why should it not work? (that is creating a duplicate bootable drive)."

"I have a bootable USB flash drive with Windows 7 installation on it, and try to copy flash drive to another flash drive for the purpose of backup. Can't just copy and paste in File Explorer, so do you have any good suggestions?"

Indeed, Ctrl C + Ctrl V (copy and paste) a bootable USB flash drive to another doesn't help. For your information, bootable OS is installed as the installer on the stick, and you need the iso copy of the OS to install on other USB sticks. That is to say, you need to clone a bootable USB drive.

Why Do You Copy/Clone Bootable USB Drive in Windows 10/8/7

As we explained, you can't just copy and paste a bootable flash drive to another. Instead, you can easily achieve the goal by cloning. Usually, for the purpose of bootable USB drive backup and disaster recovery, we need to preserve another copy of the bootable drive. Besides, USB flash drives and USB drives are very convenient and portable. If you have a bootable USB drive, you can solve unbootable issues any time and anywhere.

So, how are you going to make it happen? Many people would like to make a backup for their USB drives. But it would be time-consuming and inconvenient. The answer is copying a bootable USB drive with a USB clone tool.

What's the Fastest Way to Clone a Bootable USB Drive

The Windows doesn't offer a direct way of disk cloning, so there come many third-party disk cloning utilities in order to offer excellent disk copy & disk clone experience. For example, among the dozens of software that enjoys a high reputation, EaseUS Todo Backup is selected as the fastest and easiest USB image tool that supports cloning USB drive to another, including the bootable USB drive.

Highlights:

How to Copy/Clone Bootable USB Drive in Windows 10/8/7

To clone bootable USB to another, connect both the bootable USB drive and the other storage device to your computer. Now, you can start with the guide.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and click "Clone". In the new window, choose the bootable USB drive as the source disk and then click "Next" to continue. 

choose the bootable hard drive as your sorce disk

Step 2. Choose the destination disk or partition. It must have enough space to save your data.

select the destination disk/partition to save your cloned data

Step 3. Preview the disk layout and click "Proceed" to clone the bootable USB drive.

preview the clone settings and click proceed to start hard drive cloning

Conclusion

To sum up, you can easily clone a bootable USB drive to another USB or hard drive with EaseUS Todo Backup. It has many other advanced features, such as migrating Windows 10 to SSD, creating an emergency disk, making an automatic backup, wiping data, and more. And if you have any problem with cloning a bootable USB drive, you can contact us as soon as possible.

Clone Bootable USB Drive Frequently Asked Questions 

Here are some frequently asked questions about cloning bootable USB drive, you can read on to get additional help.

Can you copy a bootable USB to another USB?

Yes, you can copy the bootable USB drive to another USB with EaseUS Todo Backup. Although you can't just copy and paste a bootable flash drive to another, you can easily achieve the goal by cloning. 

  • Open EaseUS Todo Backup
  • Choose the Clone method according to your own demands. 
  • Choose the bootable USB drive as the source disk.
  • Choose the new USB drive as the destination disk. 
  • You're allowed to edit disk partitions now or any time else after cloning.

How do I clone my SSD to a flash drive?

To clone SSD to USB flash drive:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and click "Clone". In the new window, choose the SSD as the source disk and then click "Next" to continue. 

Step 2. Choose the USB drive. It must have enough space to save your data.

Step 3. Preview the disk layout and click "Proceed" to clone the SSD.

Is it better to clone or image a hard drive?

Cloning is great for fast recovery, but imaging gives you a lot more backup options. Taking an incremental backup snapshot gives you the option to save multiple images without taking up a lot more space. This can be helpful if you download a virus and need to roll back to an earlier disk image.

Is cloning faster than copying?

Cloning simply reads and writes bits. Nothing will slow it down other than disk usage. In my experience, it has always been faster to copy all the files from one drive to another than to clone the drive.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

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