By AOMEI / Last Updated June 28, 2019

Need to do a live disk clone

Live disk is a special disk that contains a bootable and fully operational operating system, typically a CD/DVD or a USB drive, depending on the size of the OS. It works well to run an OS for any purposes without installing it or making any changes to the computer's configuration.

The bad thing is that your live disk is going to be broken or filled up after long period of usage. Thus, you have to replace it with a new one or upgrade to a larger disk. Since it is time consuming and complicated to create a new live disk, many people choose to clone live disk to another disk.

Unfortunately, Microsoft has never created a tool for making an exact copy of a hard drive in Windows. Although you can copy files from one drive to another, that isn't enough, especially when the source drive includes an operating system. To clone your live disk, you may need third-party software.

Freeware to perform a Windows live disk clone

Regular cloning software may fail as they cannot keep the cloned disk as bootable as the source disk. Luckily, AOMEI Backupper Standard makes a real difference. It enables you to clone live disk to a CD/DVD, USB drive as well as other storage devices in a very short time. Most of all, the cloned disk will remain bootable as the old one is.

By default, this program performs an Intelligent Clone, which makes cloning larger drive to smaller drive possible. But if you want to copy every sector from the source to the destination, you can enable Sector by sector clone.

The cloning process will be running in the background and won't interrupt your computer. More pleasing, it is completely free to download and use (works with Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP). Here's an example of how to clone live USB drive.

Simple steps to clone live disk in Windows 10/8/7

Before you start, connect the live USB drive and the target drive to your computer. Note that the target drive will be overwritten after cloning. If you have any important files on it, you’d better backup files to external hard drive in advance.

Step 1. Install and open this freeware.


Step 2. Click Clone in the left pane. Then click Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

Step 3. Select the live USB drive (here is Disk 1) as the source disk. Then click Next.

Source Disk

Step 4. Select the target disk (here is Disk 2) that you want to clone the live USB drive to. Then click Next.

Destination Disk

Step 5. Confirm your operations and then click Start Clone.

Start Clone

>>Edit partitions on the destination disk: it is able to resize partitions on the target drive. Copy without resizing partitions, Add unused space to all partitions and Manually adjust partition size are supported. You can enjoy the last option by doing an edition upgrade.

>>Sector by sector clone: all sectors on the source drive will be cloned. Ensure that the target drive can hold all contents on the source drive.

>> Align partition to optimize for SSD: click it to improve the working performance of your SSD if you use an SSD as the target drive.

Tips: As for the old live disk, you can keep it as a backup or reformat it for other purposes.


As can be seen from the above, you can complete a live disk clone with just a few clicks. After cloning, the cloned disk will remain bootable as the original one does. Apart from disk clone, AOMEI Backupper Standard also offers a great array of services, such as backing up disk, creating emergency recovery disk and so on.