By Delia / Last update December 16, 2022

Why copy OS from laptop to pen drive

As we all know, the process of reinstalling the OS is much more complicated than restoring the OS. First, the time required to install the operating system is usually longer. Second, after installing the OS, we also need to install hardware drivers and application software, so that the computer can work properly.

In this case, copying OS from laptop to other storage such as pen drive (known as memory disk or USB disk) can be a good way to backup Windows 11/10/8/7. Compare with other external storage medium, pen drive is smaller and therefore easy to carry. Besides, you can usually get a pen drive with lower price.

If you've got a pen drive, you can easily copy OS to it, and carry it around in case the laptop system crashes and requires a full recovery. In the following article, I will show you how to do it.

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How to copy OS from laptop to pen drive

For most people, the process of copying an operating system from laptop to pen drive is complicated, a small mistake could lead to the loss of important data. Fortunately, with professional backup & clone software like AOMEI Backupper Professional, you can copy OS from laptop to pen drive easily.

It provides you with two methods to copy OS from laptop to pen drive, namely clone system to pen drive and backup system to external hard drive and then restore it to pen drive. The previous method is much easier and time-saving, because you can directly copying OS from laptop to pen drive without temporarily storing the OS image to an external hard drive and restoring image beforing using it.

Then, let's learn how to copy OS with both methods below. First of all, install AOMEI Backupper Professional to your Windows PC. Then, Connect pen drive to your computer, make sure it can be detected by your PC. 

Method 1. Copy OS from laptop to pen drive by System Clone

Cloning system with AOMEI Backupper is an easy and effective way to copy operating system from laptop to pendrive. The specific steps are as follows:

Step 1. Install and run AOMEI Backupper Pro, click “Clone” on the left sidebar and then select “System Clone”

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Choose System Clone

Step 2. In the pop-up window, select your pen drive as destination partition, and then click “Next”.

Select Mbr Disk

Step 3. There is the operation preview which shows you the operating system drives will be migrated to your pen drive. Review the operation summary and you can go back if you find something wrong. Then click “Start Clone” to perform the operation.

Preview Clone

* In the bottom of the window, you have three options. Check them per your situation. 

  • Make full use of disk space: This option allows you to extend the system partition size automatically by the adjacent unallocated space. 

  • Sector by Sector CloneThis option will clone all the space on the system partition no matter it is used or not, so it will take longer time.

  • SSD Alignment: If the destination is an SSD, you can click “SSD Alignment” to improve the performance.

Step 4. When the system clone progress reached to 100%, click “Finish” to exit the interface.

Method 2. Copy OS from laptop to pen drive by System Backup

In addition to system clone, you can also use the free AOMEI Backupper Standard to perform system backup and restore.

This software helps you backup system and boot partitions to an image file conveniently. Besides, it provides the function of compression to the images file so as to reduce the storage space required by the image file to the largest extent. It also provides advanced level users with the function of incremental backup so as to improve the backup efficiency and further reduce the storage space required by the image file.

You can also create bootable media with the pen drive with AOMEI Backupper. Once the system crashed, you can use this bootable pen drive to boot your laptop and restore system from the backup image you created before.


Follow these simple methods, you can effectively copy OS from laptop to pen drive. AOMEI Backupper should be the best operating system copy tool. Besides system clone and system backup, it also has many other powerful features, such as Backup/Restore dynamic disk volume, disk clone and so on.