Copy (clone) your E2B USB drive
Backup/Restore/Update existing E2B drives
- Backup_E2B_drive_to_MASTER.cmd - creates an E2B_MASTER folder on your Desktop containing the contents of the E2B 'Master' drive
- Restore_E2B_drive_from_MASTER.cmd - makes the contents of the target E2B partition 1 identical to the E2B_MASTER backup folder
Whenever you change your E2B drive, you can update (refresh) the MASTER backup by running Back.up_E2B_drive_to_MASTER.cmd.
You can then update any other E2B USB drive to have the same contents using Restore_E2B_drive_from_MASTER.cmd.
This ensures all your E2B partition 1 will contain the same contents.
Make a new E2B drive from the MASTER copy
Clone directly from your E2B USB drive
Note that only the root files and the \_ISO folder are copied, any extra user folders that were added to the root are NOT copied. You will need to copy any of your own folders in the root of the source E2B drive to the target drive afterwards or run UPDATE_E2B_USB_DRIVE.cmd (add it from the download folder to your E2B drive first). For instance \MyFolder and \HBCD would not be copied to the target drive unless you run \UPDATE_E2B_USB_DRIVE.cmd.
Note: If copying an E2B Removable Flash drive to a USB hard drive, you should remove the NOHELPER variable from within the \_ISO\MyE2B.cfg file on the USB HDD or Windows Install ISOs + Helper Flash drives will not work!
How to replicate your E2B USB drive to make new E2B drives
- Copy all the files on your E2B USB drive back to the original E2B download folder on your Windows hard disk - e.g. C:\temp\E2B.
The \System Volume Information folder and \$Recycle.bin folders (if present) should not be copied.
You will now have a backup of your E2B drive which can be replicated onto other USB drives.
- Now you can run the C:\temp\E2B\_ISO\docs\Make_E2B_USB_Drive\MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE.cmd script to make more E2B USB drives.
- If you have added your own files or folders to the root, you must now run C:\temp\E2B\UPDATE_E2B_USB_DRIVE.cmd.
This will also copy across any of your own user folders which are in the root of the backup.
- Run \MAKE_THIS_DRIVE_CONTIGUOUS.cmd from the target USB drive.
IMPORTANT - if copying to a Fixed-disk USB drive...
If you copy the \_ISO\MyE2B.cfg file from your E2B USB Removable drive, it may have the NOHELPER variable set inside the MyE2B.cfg file. On Fixed-disk USB drives, the NOHELPER variable will stop Windows ISOs from working correctly (the ISO won't be loaded as a virtual CD).
E2B USB Fixed/hard drives should not have the NOHELPER variable set in the \_ISO\MyE2B.cfg file, so if you want it to work on both types of USB drive, delete the NOHELPER variable from the \_ISO\MyE2B.cfg file. USB HDDs will still need a USB Flash 'Helper' drive to boot Windows Install ISOs and some WinPE ISOs, or you can convert Windows Vista+ ISOs to .imgPTN files.E2B USB when used on a Removable USB drive will boot slightly faster if the NOHELPER variable is set.
Although it is possible to use dd.exe or RMPrepUSB File->Drive and Drive->File to make an exact clone of one E2B USB drive to another USB drive, it is not recommended for several reasons:
- It is slow - all sectors will be copied
- The target drive needs to be at least as big as the E2B source drive you are copying
- If the target drive is bigger than the E2B source drive, you will have inaccessible free space left on the target drive
- If you had fragmented files or deleted files on the source E2B drive, they same layout will be duplicated on the target drive
- If the E2B USB drive was NTFS, the System Volume Information folder will also be duplicated.
- The drive serial number will be the same as the original USB drive - it could 'confuse' Windows or Windows applications if both drives are connected at the same time and have the same ID.
Update an E2B USB drive
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