How Do I Clone SSD to USB Drive and Ensure Boot?
Sometimes, you need to clone SSD to USB drive. Learn how to clone hard drive to USB flash drive with the cloning software AOMEI Backupper.
Need to clone SSD to USB flash drive
Computer users all know that there are many situations that would lead your data loss, such as system crash, hard drive failure, unexpected deletion, etc. For protecting data safety on the SSD, many users would like to make a duplicate of the SSD. Thus, when bad things happen, you won’t lose your data.
Cloning SSD to USB drive becomes a very popular way, because USB flash drive is cheap, tiny, portable. Part of people even would like to migrate SSD to USB drive and boot from the USB drive to free up more space on their SSD.
Well, can you clone SSD to external hard drive like USB drive, and then boot from it successfully?
Best disk cloning software for cloning SSD to USB drive
Fortunately, there is a way to clone SSD to USB drive. That is making use of the disk cloning software AOMEI Backupper. AOMEI Backupper is professional software for backup, restore, clone, etc.
It has several editions for different consumers. For Windows PC users, AOMEI Backupper Professional supports Windows 11/10/8/7/Vista/XP; for Windows Server users, AOMEI Backupper Server is suitable. Learn more from edition comparison, and choose the right edition according to your requirements.
Wanna have a try? Download AOMEI Backupper now and check the following part to move SSD to USB drive step by step.
Steps to clone SSD to USB drive with AOMEI Backupper
AOMEI Backupper is easy to use due to its intuitive interface. Learn the simple steps to clone hard drive to USB flash drive below. Before you start, please:
- Make sure the USB drive is large enough to hold all data on the SSD.
- Connect your USB flash drive to your computer and confirm it is detected.
- Backup files on the USB drive if it is not empty, or you'll lose your data after cloning.
Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Professional. To clone hard drive to USB flash drive, here you need to select Disk Clone under Clone tab.
Step 2. Then, you should select the SSD as your source disk and click Next.
Step 3. After choosing the source disk, you need to select your USB external drive as the destination disk, and then click Next.
Step 4. Finally, you will move to the Operation Summary page. Click Start Clone to launch the progress.
With AOMEI Backupper, cloning SSD to USB drive only needs four simple clicks, and you can use the cloned USB drive to boot your computer by changing the boot order in BIOS.
💡 Useful features you may need
- To clone all sectors on the source SSD, tick the "Sector by sector clone" feature.
- If the USB drive has a different partition style from the source SSD, clone GPT disk to MBR USB, for example, please click “Edit Partitions” and tick "Convert the destination disk from MBR to GPT" to ensure successful boot.
- AOMEI Backupper allows you to create bootable USB drive to boot your computer in case of boot failure.
FAQs about cloning SSD to USB
You can easily clone SSD to USB drive, whether it's using the same or different partition style, and then boot from the cloned USB drive successfully. If the USB drive is larger, you can edit partition size, either Add unused space to all partitions automatically or manually adjust partition size, so you can make full use of space on the destination disk.
Besides, it's a free backup software that focuses on long-term data protection. You can also backup SSD to USB drive to achieve the same effect, and more precisely, it allows you to backup files currently on the disk and changes made later. The daily, weekly or monthly schedule backup is a good option, but if you don't want to connect it to your computer always, try USB plug in feature.