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3 Ways to Back up SD Card to Computer for Data Protection


Decide to format your SD card to free up disk space? Worry about losing data on your SD card or memory card? SD card backup is a good option for data protection. Well then, how to backup SD card to computer in Windows 10/8/7? Here some ways are introduced.

"Please point me in the right direction for an easy tutorial on backing up entire contents of SD card to computer, then putting back on after I do a partition please..."

- androidforums

Are you also wondering about the answer to the above question? Here, we will show you some information about SD card backup.

Why Back up SD Card to Computer

SD (Secure Digital) card is a type of small flash memory card which is designed by Toshiba, SanDisk, Matsushita and is widely used in many portable devices including smartphones, digital cameras, car navigation systems, handheld computers, video game consoles and so on.

Sometimes it is still necessary to back up SD card. Two factors are here.

  • Protect your data saved on your SD card/memory card from data loss.
    Occasionally, you will save some important files like photos or videos on your hard drive so as to take it anywhere. However, data loss still happens to your SD card due to virus attack, card damage, etc. In order to protect the security of data, memory card backup is a good choice.
  • Free up SD card storage space
    Low disk space often happens to your SD card or memory card even though it has a large capacity. In this situation, some of you will choose to back up SD card and then format the SD card to free up disk space.

Well then, how to back up SD card to computer for data protection or how to back up memory card before formatting in Windows 10/8/7? 3 possible ways are offered here.

How to Back up SD Card to Computer

way 1 Way 1: Copy and Paste Files to Computer

When referring to backing up or transferring files to a computer, many of you will directly choose to copy and paste files or folders to the computer. This is a very simple way if you are not familiar with the computer. Follow the detailed guide below.

1. Take out your SD card or memory card from your device like a camera, phone, etc. And then use a USB card reader to connect the card to your computer. Ensure it can be detected.
2. Press "Win + E" keys to enter Windows Explorer.
3. Find and double-click your SD card to open it. Then, copy the files you need to back up and paste them into your computer.

This way is suitable if you only transfer a small amount of data. However, if you need to move a mass of data, this will cost much time. What should you do?

way 2 Way 2: Clone SD Card Windows 10/8/7

To back up SD card with large-size files, disk cloning will be a good option. This way can create an identical copy of the source drive with the sector-by-sector mode. All contents on your SD card will be copied to a destination disk in which all data will be overwritten during the cloning process. Thus, you should make sure no important files are saved on the destination hard drive.

① MiniTool ShadowMaker

How do you transfer files from SD card to computer? Perhaps, you need a piece of professional PC backup software. Fortunately, there is one tool called MiniTool ShadowMaker, enabling you to back up SD card with ease via disk cloning with its Clone Disk feature. Besides, this software is completely free for you to clone SD card to large card or to PC for backup in Windows 10/8/7. Don't hesitate. Just download and have an installation on your computer for a try.

Step 1: Plug your SD card into your computer via an SD card reader.

Step 2: Double click MiniTool ShadowMaker installed on your computer and then enter the following interface to choose one computer to manage. Here, its Free Edition only allows you to click Connect button in the Local section. Just click it to begin the SD card cloning.

local backup

Tip: MiniTool ShadowMaker Beat Edition supports remote backup. If you have a need, download it to have a try.

Step 2: Next, this free SD card backup software will go to the Home page. If you click SET UP BACKUP button, you will enter the Backup page where you cannot find any information about disk cloning. Here comes the question: how to back up SD card to computer via disk cloning?

Take it easy. Please navigate to Tools tab, then, you will see many features about backup. Here, click Clone Disk feature to continue.


Step 3: Next, MiniTool ShadowMaker will require you to choose a source drive you want to copy from a combo box. Here, please choose your SD card as the source disk. Besides, you should also select a disk as the target disk to save the copy of SD card.

choose disk

Note that the cloning process will destroy all contents on the target disk. Hence, please make sure you have backed up your important files on the disk in Windows 10/8/7.


Step 4: This SD card backup software will enter the cloning process interface. Here, you can see some details about the cloning including source disk, destination disk, elapsed time, remaining time, and progress bar.

Moreover, if there is too much data on your SD card, the time cloning will be long. Thus, you can check Shut down the computer when the operation is completed.

clone process

If you don't check it, after finishing the operation, you will receive a small window, saying you should disconnect either the source disk or the target disk. Or else, these two disks are the same and then Windows will mark one as offline.

To back up SD card, here you can directly click Yes button to shut down your computer and remove SD card. Then, all operations are completed.


Tip: If your SD card is larger than the target disk, how can you complete a successful cloning? Get the answer from this post - MiniTool Programs Help to Clone to Smaller Disk.

② MiniTool Partition Wizard

Actually, MiniTool Solution Ltd. has developed another disk cloning software that is MiniTool Partition Wizard. As a dedicated cloning tool, it provides you with convenience to transfer data from a disk to another hard drive easily. If you want to clone SD card in Windows 10/8/7, this tool is available. Just get its Free Edition from the following button to have a try.

Step 1: Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard to its main interface. Then, you will find two powerful features can be used to do this job:
Copy Disk: This is suitable to clone all contents from one disk to another.
Copy Partition: It enables you to copy the specified partition to an unallocated space.

If your SD card has only one partition, these two features are suitable. Here, we take the first feature as an example. Just click Copy Disk from Convert Disk in the left action panel.

copy disk

Step 2: Then, you need to choose a disk to copy the source content to.

  • You should ensure the destination disk has large enough capacity to hold the data on your SD card.
  • Besides, after clicking Next button, the warning interface will pop out telling you data on the target disk will be deleted. Thus, please back up important data on it in advance.

choose target disk

Step 3: On the following page, please select a copy option. Fit partitions to entire disk (checked by default) or Copy partitions without resize? It's up to you.

1. For a better performance, Align partitions to 1MB should be chosen.
2. Use GUID Partition Table for the target disk is not supported in the Free Edition, but is included in Professional Edition or an advanced edition.

copy option

Step 4: Then a warning will pop out to tell you how to boot PC from the target disk. Just ignore it.
Step 5: Make all changes effective by clicking Apply button.

way 3 Way 3: Back up SD Card to Computer with Compression Mode

In addition to the above two ways, you can also choose to make an image backup of your SD card. This way can save much disk space since the files will be compressed into an image during SD card/memory card backup. Perhaps you will ask us: how to backup SD card to computer or how to back up memory card before formatting via imaging backup? It is still easy to be done. Thankfully, in addition to disk cloning, MiniTool ShadowMaker also allows you to back up the entire SD card to an image in Windows 10/8/7.

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Step 1: Run MiniTool ShadowMaker, and then also click Connect in the Local section.

Step 2: Then, navigate to the Backup page by clicking SET UP BACKUP button in Home tab.

set up backup

Step 3: Then, you are required to select the source and destination disk for the backup. Here, please choose the SD card as the backup source, see the following screenshot:

source drive

Besides, select a partition to save the backup image. We strongly recommend backing up your SD card to a partition of an internal hard drive or external hard drive.

target disk

Tip: You can choose to make more advanced settings for the SD card backup by clicking Options button. For example, choose one compression level, add a comment for the backup, etc.

Step 4: Click Back up Now button and then you can view the backup process in Manage page.

backup page

In conclusion, MiniTool ShadowMaker can help you not only clone SD card to a disk but also make an image backup with simple steps in Windows 10/8/7. Still looking for a professional SD card or memory card backup tool? Why not download MiniTool ShadowMaker Free Edition right now?

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Further Reading: Back up SD Card to Google Drive

Now, we have shown you three common ways to back up SD card to computer. But sometimes you will choose to back up SD card without computer, and the common way is to back up SD card to Google drive. When searching "how to back up SD card to computer", from the LSI, you will find someone is interested in this backup way. How to back up SD card photos/videos? See the following details.

1. Download and install the Google Drive app on your Android device.
2. Run this app and log in your Google account.
3. Click "+" button with a red background and choose Upload option.

backup sd card to gogle drive

4. Select a path from Open From button and then choose files or folders which can be images, videos, photos, audios, and downloads. Next, click Done button and all data you have selected will be backed up to Google drive.

photo backup

This way is suitable for backing up photos, videos, images and more on SD card or memory card used in Android devices only. If you need to back up SD card used in other portable devices, you should do by following the above three ways.

Bottom Line

Now, we come to the end of this article. Here, we have told you why back up SD card, how to back up SD card to computer (three common ways) and how to back up SD card to Google drive for only Android devices. Now it's your time to take action to make a backup for your SD card. We believe these ways can satisfy your needs.

Should you have any suggestions to the way for SD card or memory backup? Please let us know by sending us emails via [email protected], or leaving your ideas in the following comment area. Besides, should you have any questions about using MiniTool ShadowMaker or MiniTool Partition Wizard, please also tell us. Hope we can help you.