Why should you make a duplication of USB drive?
USB as a portable and removable device is becoming more and more popular among computer users. It is fairly convenient to transfer data from place to place and keep the data readily at hand. It is also very easy to be lost.
As a matter of fact, many people save many important data on USB drive, including resume, documents, PPT, pictures, etc. And these data are so vital that most people cannot afford to lose them. To keep data safe, they would like to find a USB drive duplication software to image USB drive or clone it as a backup. And this article will introduce an amazing USB clone tool to you.
Best free USB drive duplication software
AOMEI Backupper is a reliable USB cloner software available in Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, XP, and Vista. It is also an awesome backup and restore software. You can either clone USB flash drive or make an image of USB drive. With this tool, you can clone/backup USB drive to another USB or to other locations like computer.
As you know, USB flash drive can be used as bootable disk. If the USB drive contains a bootable partition, dragging and dropping it to new flash drive cannot work. With disk clone feature of AOMEI Backupper, you can even make an exact copy of bootable USB.
How to copy USB to another USB with disk clone feature
Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper. Open it and at the main interface, click Clone, then Disk Clone.
Step 2. Select the USB drive as source drive and then choose another USB drive or computer hard drive as destination drive. You can also choose SSD as destination path.
Step 3. Here comes to operation summary.
- If the destination disk is bigger than the source disk and you do not want to leave unallocated space, you have the option to Edit Partitions on the destination disk. However, this function is only available in the paid versions like AOMEI Backupper Professional.
- If you want to make an exact copy of the source USB, tick Sector by sector clone box. Meanwhile, the option Edit Partitions will disappear.
- If the destination disk is SSD, it is recommended to tick SSD Alignment.
After all these are done, click Start Clone then.
How to create an image of USB drive with disk backup feature
With AOMEI Backupper, you can also make a USB image backup to make a duplication of USB flash drive. The disk backup feature will back up all your files on the USB drive into a compressed image file, including all partitions or volumes on this disk.
Let’s see how to make an image backup of the USB drive.
Step 1. Still at the main interface of AOMEI Backupper, click Backup, then select Disk Backup.
Step 2. You can enter a name for the backup in the "Task Name" box, such as "My disk backup" to help you distinguish it from other backups. Click Add Disk to select the USB disk that you want to backup. You can backup multiple hard disks at one time by clicking the “+” icon to continue adding source drives.
Step 3. Click the second bar to select another location as the destination path. You can backup USB drive to another USB drive, computer, etc.
Step 4. Click Options to have more settings. Click General to enable encryption for backup (supported in Professional edition) and enable email notification. Click Advanced > Compression to set compression level. If you want to make an exact backup, click Backup Mode and select "Make an Exact Backup".
Note: AOMEI Backupper supports backing up MBR disks, GPT disks, external hard drives, USB disks, and other storage devices that can be recognized by Windows.
AOEMI Backupper Standard is really a good USB drive duplication software. With it, you actually have two choices to make a duplication of the USB drive, namely USB drive clone and USB drive backup.
While, if you only want to transfer data faster between USB drive and computer or between USB drives, USB drive clone is a better choice, and after clone, you can use the cloned one directly. If you would like to make a backup of USB drive in case of data loss, you can choose USB drive backup. Anyhow, whatever you choose, they are free to use.
Also, AOMEI Backupper is an excellent restore tool. You can restore system, disk, partition and files and folders. The paid edition even supports to restore to a dissimilar hardware computer.