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

Updated on Feb 28, 2018 by Jean to Todo Backup Resource

This page shows the easiest and fastest way to copy/clone a bootable usb flash drive in Windows 10, 8 and 7 for the purpose of bootable usb backup and disaster recovery.

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 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. It will pop up the below window, and choose the source disk (the bootable USB flash drive) you want to clone. click Next to continue.

select the bootable usb flash drive as source disk

Step 2. Choose the destination disk. Tick Sector by sector clone in Advanced options, with it, you can clone all sectors from the source disk to the destination disk. You are allowed to preview the disk layout in advance, then click Proceed to clone the disk.

select the destination disk to clone bootable usb flash drive