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

Jean updated on Sep 23, 2019 to Todo Backup Resource | How-to Articles

How can I make an exact copy of a bootable USB flash 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 stick.

Why Do You Clone a Bootable USB Drive

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 bootabUSBusb drive backup and disaster recovery, we need to preserve another copy of the bootable drive. So, how are you going to make it happen?

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 the high reputation, EaseUS Todo Backup is selected as the fastest, easiest yet free USB image tool that supports to clone USB drive to another, including the bootable USB drive.

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 hard 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 hard drive.

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

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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.

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.