By Delia / Last update August 17, 2021

Case: Can I Clone a Raspberry Pi SD Card?

I want to make a back up of my raspberry pi because I have done a lot of work and repeating the process would take a lot of time. How does one go about making an image of a Raspberry Pi SD card to larger card for Windows 10? A step by step guide would be very helpful!
Can anyone help? I have my Raspberry Pi model 3 image on a 16 GB micro SD card. I tried to clone the card to another card but I find that the new card is a few MB smaller!

The answer is YES, you can easily clone a Raspberry Pi SD card if you use the best free Raspberry Pi SD card copier. It should support cloning the entire SD card to another one successfully.

What is Raspberry Pi?

Raspberry Pi is a series of credit-card sized and single-board computers that plugs into a computer monitor or TV. It enables users to do basically everything you can expect on a desktop computer. Meanwhile, it has been widely used in many areas for its low cost and high portability.

The Raspberry Pi SD card inserted to the board works as hard drive. If it gets corrupted by power outage, overclocking, or some other reasons, you have no choice but to start from scratch, which is quite frustrating.

In this case, you may want to clone the Raspberry Pi SD card to another card for better performance, or keep the copy as a backup. But how can you do that? Is there a simple and effective Raspberry Pi SD card copier?

Raspberry Pi

Advantages of Cloning Raspberry Pi SD Card

◉ Data protection:

If you’ve been using Raspberry Pi for a while, you probably know it’s a finicky little device. Especially when you use Raspberry Pi as a media center or retro gaming station, the SD card would be crashed and corrupted easily. Thus you may lost everything on it. To avoid this tragedy, you could clone the Raspberry Pi SD card to protect the data.

◉ SD card upgrade:

If the Raspberry Pi SD card has insufficient space or poor performance, you can upgrade it to larger one or newer one. In this case, cloning your Raspberry Pi SD card to larger card is a good way to avoid data loss.

Best Free Raspberry Pi SD Card Copier - AOMEI Backupper 

To clone or backup Raspberry Pi SD Card, the simplest and safest way is to use an effective SD card copier like AOMEI Backupper Standard. It integrates complete features including the Disk Clone to clone Raspiberry CPi SD card easily. To make it, you can connect it as an external hard drive.

In addition, below are some useful features of it:

◆ It is capable of cloning Raspberry Pi SD card to larger card and smaller card successfully with the help of Intelligent Clone feature and Sector by Sector Clone feature. 

◆  If you are cloning Raspberry Pi SD card to SSD, it is able to accelerate the reading and writing speed of SSD disk via 4k alignment technology.

◆ Except for cloning Raspiberry Pi SD card to another one, you can use it to clone Raspiberry Pi SD card to USB drive,  clone Raspiberry Pi SD card to SSD, etc.

◆ You can use it to clone Raspberry Pi SD card in Windows 10 and all the previous system, including Windows 8.1/8/7/XP/Vista.

◆ The Standard edition supports you to clone disk for free.

You can free clone all the data disk to another and system disk between two MBR disks. If you want to enjoy some advanced features like system clone, editing partition size of destination disk, cloning dynamic disk, cloning GPT to MBR or vice versa, you can also upgrade to Professional or higher editions.

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How to Clone Raspberry Pi SD Card to Larger Card in Windows 10 Effortlessly

With all these information, you can get started to clone Raspberry Pi SD card.

Preparations:
● Shut down your Raspberry Pi and remove the SD card.
● Install AOMEI Backupper on a Windows computer.
● Use SD Card Reader to connect the Raspberry Pi SD card to the computer.
● If you want to clone the SD card to another, connect the destination card as well. If your computer already has a SD card slot, you just need to prepare one Reader.

Clone SD card to another with AOMEI Backupper:

1. Launch the software, go to Clone tab and click Disk Clone. It will copy everything on the SD card.

Disk Clone

2. Select the Raspberry Pi SD card as the source disk and click Next. Then choose the destination disk. In this case it should be another SD card you just connected. Click Next to continue.

Choose Smaller Sd Card

3. Customize the cloning as you need, then click Start Clone and wait for the process to complete.

◆ SSD Alignment: for a destination SSD, this option will accelerate the reading and writing speed therefore improve the performance.
◆ Sector By Sector Clone: to create an intact copy of all the sectors, you can tick this option when you want to clone hard drive to larger drive. Otherwise it will only clone used sectors.
◆ Edit Partition: in advanced editions, you can use this feature to adjust the destination disk’s partition size and drive letter. Thus, you will never encounter the cloned hard drive unallocated space left issue.

Start Clone Sd Card

When the cloning is over, you can remove the SD cards, and insert the cloned card to the Raspberry Pi.

Tips:

  • The destination disk or SD card will be overwritten so please backup important data on it at first.

  • If you fail to connect two SD cards at the same time, you can backup Raspberry Pi SD card to computer (refer to backup SD card to computer) first, and then restore the image file to the new card instead.

Verdict

To clone Raspberry Pi SD card to another, an effective raspberry pi sd card copier like AOMEI Backupper could be a big help. It works on all Windows OS and enables you clone Raspberry Pi SD card to larger or smaller card, USB drive, SSD, etc. 

Also, it applies to clone system disk or specific partition, such as, replace laptop HDD with SSD, migrate only OS to another SSD, clone NVMe to another one, move system reserved partition to another one, clone HP recovery partition, and more.

And in daily use, it also works as an all-around data protection solution. Thus, you can use it to backup system, backup disk, backup files or folders, etc as you like. Then, when something bad happens, you can use the backup image to get them back in a very short time.