By Teresa / Last Updated May 28, 2020

Why clone SD card to larger card?

Secure Digital (SD) card is a non-volatile memory card that mostly used in portable devices, such as mobile phones, digital cameras, music players, personal computers etc. There are four Secure Digital card families currently in three different form factors, and they are SDSC, SDHC, SDXC and SDIO. There are differences among these families in speed, security, capacity and compatibility.

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SD cards are everywhere around us and they do bring much convenience to our daily life. We use SD cards to store favorite music, videos we make, photos we take, contacts we create as well as important files on those devices. Nevertheless, that is exactly what leads us to upgrade an SD card.

Too much data brings low space warning sometimes and we cannot place more interesting stuff there. The most direct solution is to clone small SD card to another larger SD card for upgrade. That is to say, move everything on old SD card to new one completely.

In addition, some users want to upgrade an SD card to a better one, maybe a smaller one simple because that type of SD cards works better in speed or security. Besides, device compatibility is also an important inducing factor. As a result, a cloning tool, one micro SD card cloner for example, is needed.

Free SD card clone software for Windows

To clone SD card, an SD card cloning utility is necessary. AOMEI Backupper Standard is free cloning software that allows you to change SD card without losing data in Windows-based computers. To clone SD card exactly, i.e. same partition layout on the destination, we must clone SD card in sector by sector mode or bit by bit method.

The good news is this software supports both sector by sector clone and intelligent clone (default). It can help you clone SD card to larger SD card as well as clone big SD card to smaller SD card. It also supports copy SD card to another without booting Windows operating system to save time and avoid possible software conflict issues.

Most SD cards ships preformatted with one or more MBR partitions, where the first or only one partition contains a file system of FAT. With AOMEI Backupper, all partitions on SD card will be moved and the FAT file system can be recognized as well. Free download (100% clean) this tool to learn how to clone SD card in Windows 7, Windows 10, etc.

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Step-by-step Guide: clone SD card to another SD via free AOMEI Backupper

In the first place, insert the both SD cards in your computer and you may need an SD card reader to connect the other one to computer at a time. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper on the computer then.

Step 1. Click Clone > Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

Step 2. Select current SD card as the source disk.

Source Disk

Step 3. Select the new SD card as the destination disk.

Destination Disk

Step 4. Check Sector by sector clone box underneath if you want an exact copy. Then click Start Clone to begin.

Start Clone

Step 5. Click Finish when it completes.


  • If you want to clone only used part of the SD card, just uncheck the Sector by sector clone box and edit partitions on the destination SD card, assume there are multiple partitions.

  • SSD Alignment: check this option to improve SSD’s performance if you clone SD card to an SSD.

  • You are allowed to clone SD card to other hard drive disks, but note that the destination disk will be overwritten using this feature.

Final words

Don’t you find it is easy to upgrade SD card with free memory card cloning software AOMEI Backupper? AOMEI Backupper supports all popular PC Windows operating systems, so it is possible to clone SD card in Windows 10, 8, 8.1, and Windows XP. After upgrading, the devices that previous SD card on are able to serve you again as usual. Also, it is good to make an image of SD card out of security consideration.