You must have created an exact image of your Windows or any bootable cd but how about creating an image of a USB drive? Why you need it? Many a time, we create a lot disk for Windows on a USB drive, and if it goes corrupt, you need to start over. While copy paste works fine for USB drivers which have only files and folders, bootable USB drives need to get cloned bit by bit. In this post, we will show how you can create an exact copy of a USB drive or clone it.
Why creating a clone of a USB drive is essential?
Backup. It is that simple. While there are a lot of backup solutions, these tools create a clone of the SSD or USB drive and save it anywhere you want. You can choose to create another USB drive or save the image to restore it later. Apart from this, USB drives are prone to corruption. I am sure you have seen the message where it says, “Drive unrecognized.” An image file or a physical cloned drive make sure you have the data when things go wrong.
Creating an image has another advantage. You can copy it to as many USB drives you wish in the absence of the source device. It comes in very handy when you want to create another Windows 10 Bootable USB drive.
How to create an exact copy of a USB drive or Clone it
While creating a clone of a bootable USB drive is one thing, creating an exact replica of a drive with a lot of data is useful, as well. Let’s say if you have multiple USB ports, and you want to copy data from to another. A tool can work better than a simple copy-paste operation. Here are a few tools which you can use to create a clone or an exact copy of the data on the drive.
1] USB Image Tool
Once you extract the tool, double click on the USB Image Tool file to launch it. Plugin the USB drive, and it will be listed under Drives. You have some standard options here, which include Restore, Backup, Reset, and Rescan.
Since you are using this for the first time, click on backup. It will prompt you to save it as an image file. Next, change the USB drive, and use the restore option to copy exact files or create a clone of the original drive.
USB Image tool also offers a lot of options such as
- Ignore size checks for gzip images (devices larger than 4 GiB can be saved to and restored from compressed image files)
- Create MD5 checksums during backup (hashing is done for the uncompressed image file)
- Custom names to backup according to (tags: %n – device number, %x – device name, %s – device serial, %ds – date, %ts – time)
- Fix GPTafter restore.
- Define buffer size and more.
Then you can save these settings to the registry, so next time you need not configure all of them again.
2] EaseUS Todo backup
Its a free backup tool from EaseUS, which can create a clone or backup of the USB drive. It offers a modern interface, and thats what I like most about it. Once you download and install the Todo backup, follow the steps to clone or copy USB drives.
- Open EaseUS Todo Backup and click on the clone icon on the left side.
- Select the USB drive of which you want to create a copy.
- Choose the destination USB drive where you want to copy it.
- Wait for the process to complete.
One of the biggest advantages of using this tool is to copy from one USB drive to another without creating an image. While its wise to create an image, but if you want to simple copy everything, it works at its best.
While the USB Image tool strictly works for USB drives, you can use the Todo Backup tool to create a backup of hard drive partitions as well.
Download from EaseUS official page
I hope both of these tools were easy to use, and you were able to backup or copy or create a clone of the USB drive on Windows 10