Why clone USB drive to SSD?
USB drives are widely used to store important files temporarily or for good. Recently, they are applied more in computer boot operations. If you store only personal files such as photos, music, documents, videos etc on the USB drive, Copy & Paste these items takes care of all these troubles in transferring. However, if you have applications on the USB stick, or if you use the USB drive as a bootable media, i.e. there are boot programs on the flash drive, it is time to clone USB drive. For example, cloning bootable USB drive in Windows 10 to SSD or HDD will move all contents identically including file system and partition table to target disk and you can use these applications directly.
From another perspective, it is a way to back everything up if clone USB drive to another disk. When the USB drive get lost, get damaged or corrupted by malicious software, you still have duplication in other places. In that case, how to clone USB drive to SSD becomes next problem you need to figure out.
Easy USB clone software – AOMEI Backupper
When it comes to clone partition or hard drive, it is better to turn to third-party software, so as to clone flash drive in Windows 7. The Disk Clone feature in AOMEI Backupper Professional allows you to clone USB stick to hard drive like SSD and HDD as well as another USB drive. In most cases, USB drive is smaller than SSD. Thus, either way of cloning USB drive solves problems. Nevertheless, in a few cases, USB drive is larger than target disk due to the development of flash drive technology. If so, sector by sector clone method won’t work.
Fortunately, AOMEI Backupper has a good solution for this problem. Its intelligent clone feature allows you to clone USB drive from large capacity to small as long as the target is able to contain stored contents. That is to say, you don’t have to clone USB drive bit by bit when they have different sizes. Download the free trial (Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista supported) or directly upgrade to the professional version to have a try.
Clone USB drive to disk via AOMEI Backupper
1. Plug in the USB drive and connect SSD to your computer and make sure they can be detected by Windows. For laptop users, an USB-to-SATA cable is necessary. Then install and launch AOMEI Backupper. Go Clone > Disk Clone.
2. Select the USB drive as the source disk here.
3. Select the SSD as the destination disk now.
4. Check SSD Alignment to optimize for SSD box. You have options to configure other settings based on your needs. Finally, click Start Clone and wait for the process to be completed.
Please note that ticking Sector by sector clone box will make resize partitions unavailable.
All existing partitions on destination disk will be overwritten. It is suggested to backup important files beforehand.
After cloning from USB drive, you can use it as a bootable device with the help of Create Bootable Rescue Media feature.
Above steps can be used to clone USB drive to another USB drive as well.
Generally speaking, clone USB drive either to SSD, hard drive or another USB, the vital part is choosing the right cloning software. With AOMEI Backupper, the entire clone process could be done in four steps. As a matter of fact, this cloning software is a great HP usb image tool as well since it is also a backup solution.