By Lena / Last update September 23, 2021

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Why clone hard drive from bootable USB?

Nowadays, more and more people tend to clone disk when need to upgrade to a new hard drive or when the computer goes wrong and cannot boot normally. Cloning hard drive will save users from re-installing operating system, all the installed applications, games and other personal files can be restored as well, which is quite convenient. And now you may in one of the two situations, and want to clone HDD to SSD or HDD using bootable USB:

1. Your system files have been damaged and cannot boot normally, so you have to use bootable USB to clone hard drive to get your computer back to normal.

2. The cloning failed because of some running programs, so you need to clone disk from bootable USB to carry out the cloning.

Then how to make it? You may have already tried copy and paste way, and find that does not work. Windows will not help you do the job. Simply copying files may skip crucial files and lead to portable program corrupt or OS unbootable. But don’t worry, the free third-party cloning software named AOMEI Backupper Standard can help you clone hard drive using bootable USB easily.

Free bootable USB hard drive cloner - AOMEI Backupper Standard

AOMEI Backupper is an all-in-one Windows backup software, which can help clone, backup, restore and sync everything according to users’ needs. As for your need of cloning hard drive from bootable USB, it can help you make it perfectly with its Disk Clone feature.

  • Easy to use. Whether you are a technician or a green hand, with its succinct interface, you can clone hard drive from bootable USB simply following the notification step by step.

  • Intelligent Clone. It lets you only copy the used part of the source to the new hard drive, which lets you make it without effort if your new hard drive is relatively smaller than the old one. For example, you can easily clone old hard drive to a smaller SSD.

  • Sector-by-sector clone. It allows you to copy all sectors to the destination whether in use or not. If your new hard drive has enough space, then you can choose this option to keep the same partition layout.

  • Free to use. What’s more, this feature is totally free of charge for personal users.

How about give it a try? First download AOMEI Backupper on your Windows 11/10/8/7/XP and then follow the steps below to perfrom disk clone using bootable USB. 

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How to Easily Clone Hard Drive Using Bootable USB 

To clone HDD using bootable USB, you need to create a bootable USB with AOMEI Backupper first. This process requires a working computer. If it fails to boot, you need to download this software on another working computer and then try again Then, start computer from this USB and clone hard drive. That's all. 

Create a bootable USB on a working computer 

Step 1. Launch this software, and go to Tools > Create Bootable Media.

Create Bootable Media

Step 2. Select bootable disc type: Windows PE and click Next

Windows Bootable Disc

Step 3. Select bootable media: USB Boot Device and then click Next to start the creation process. The created bootable USB is univeral, so you can use it on any Windows computer. 

Select Bootable Media


Clone hard drive from bootable USB

Step 1. Plug in your bootable USB and set the bootable USB as your boot device when enter the BIOS, then AOMEI Backupper will start automatically. Click Clone and choose Disk Clone

Disk Clone

Step 2. Select the original hard drive as source disk and click Next to continue.

Select Source Disk

Step 3. Choose the hard drive you prepared as destination and click Next to go to the next step.

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. In the Operation Summary interface, you can confirm the Source Disk and Destination Disk and click Start Clone option to start the cloning and wait for a while.

Start Clone


1. You can click Edit Partitions to adjust the partition size as per your need. It is available in advanced editions.

2. Choose Sector by sector clone if you want to keep the old partition layout on your new hard drive.

3. Please remember to check SSD Alignment if you are transferring to one SSD. It can increase the read and write speed of your SSD.

4. If you want to clone HDD or SSD system disk between MBR and GPT or from GPT to GPT (eg: clone NVMe to NVMe), please upgrade to its Professional edition.


As you can see, with AOMEI Backupper, cloning hard drive from bootable USB is as easy as ABC. It also lets you copy a hard drive to a flash drive, copy USB to USB, migrate OS to SSD or clone system reserved partition. Besides that it offers all kinds of backup solutions for you to keep your data safe. Just give it a try by yourself!