By Lily / Last Updated December 3, 2019

What is a bootable CompactFlash card?

CompactFlash (CF) is one of the most successful of the early memory card formats. First specified by SanDisk, it was later adopted by other memory card manufacturers like Lexar, Transcend, and EgoDisk. Now CompactFlash cards (CF cards) are primarily used as removable memory for higher-end digital photo and video cameras. A CF card employs flash memory technology to store data. As flash memory is non-volatile, the data stored on a CF card remains when a device is powered off.

CompactFlash Card

A bootable CompactFlash card is a CF card with a compact operating system. It can be connected to your PC through a card reader. It enables you to boot your computer in case of boot errors or system crashes, thus making further recovery measures feasible.

Why should you clone bootable CompactFlash card?

You have learned the use of a bootable CompactFlash card. You should clone bootable CompactFlash card because:

◈ Although flash memory is non-volatile, it is much harder to recover data on a CF card than on a mechanical hard disk if there is data corruption or data loss. It is wise of you to copy bootable CompactFlash card to another place as a backup.
◈ After a period of use, there is less and less space available on a CF card. You may upgrade current bootable CompactFlash card to a larger one by cloning it.

Now you see the importance of copying bootable CompactFlash card. How to clone it easily in Windows?

The tool you’ll need - A bootable CF card duplicator

To clone bootable CompactFlash card, you need a powerful bootable CF card duplicator - AOMEI Backupper Professional. It is all-around Windows PC backup software which owns the features of system/disk/partition/files backup & restore as well as system/disk/partition clone.

1. It lets you directly clone bootable CF card to another card using the Disk Clone feature.

2. It also enables you to make an image of your CF card and then restore the image file anytime you want with Disk Backup and Disk Restore features.

In addition, this tool has a user-friendly interface. Anyone, even a newbie, can complete the clone job without efforts. Keep reading to see how to clone a bootable CF card in detail.

How to clone bootable CompactFlash card easily in Windows?

Step 1. Insert the bootable CF card into a card reader directly connected to your computer. Install and run AOMEI Backupper. Click “Clone” on the left pane and select “Disk Clone”.

Disk Clone

Step 2. Select the bootable CF card as the source disk and click “Next”.

Select CF Card

Step 3. Select the destination disk where you plan to store the cloned data and click “Next”.

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. Confirm the operation and click “Start Clone”.

Preview Start Clone


  • The destination disk will be completely overwritten. Backup the destination disk before you start clone if there are important data on it.

  • If you tick “Sector by sector clone” in Step 4, AOMEI Backupper will clone every sector on your bootable CF card no matter it is used or not, which will take more time and occupy more storage space.

  • If the destination disk is an SSD, you can tick “SSD Alignment” in Step 4 to improve the performance of the SSD.

  • To boot from the bootable CF card, you need to change boot order in BIOS. You can also make a bootable CF card using “Create Bootable Media” feature in AOMEI Backupper.


As you can see, AOMEI Backupper can help you clone bootable CompactFlash card just in a few clicks. What’s more, with AOMEI Backupper Professional, you can clone hard drive via Command Prompt. To protect and recover unlimited PCs within one company, please turn to AOMEI Backupper Technician.