CLONE USB Key  Copy Dongle ▷ Step by Step Guide ▷ 2020

A Dongle or security key, It is a vitally important device if you want to protect critical files of your company, work or some special program. So in some cases it is necessary to deliver different copies to workers or people of total confidence. Therefore you have to know how to make a copy of it correctly.

It will allow different users to validate that they have access to the document or program in question, that is, a permission is granted so that they can make any type of modification or, failing that, observe the information that is stored there. Keep in mind that making different copies of the Dongles is a great advantage, Since in case it is lost or damaged, you will have different answers to replace the loss and free you from worries.

In this tutorial we are going to explain you step by step What is a Dongle or USB security key? What are they for and how can you create a fully functional copy. By last, an advertWhen copying a USB key, you must do it correctly, otherwise the device may be damaged.

What is a Dongle or key device and what is it for?

USB HDMI Dongle Types

It is a device that is used as a security key, the same fulfills the function of a small adapter that connects to another device exercising an additional functionality, in this case providing validation to a user.

These work as follows: By placing the security key in a computer, the computer can validate a piece of a program or software to make it work. In some cases the programs only work in restricted mode, or else they will not be able to be executed if the user is not validated through a Dongle.

These can also be used to integrate passwords, preventing users from entering files and / or folders without having these passwords. Adapters or security keys can be of the USB or HDMI type.

Steps to clone the USB key or pendrive and skip the protection of a program

There are different methods to copy or clone a Dongle, one of them is only available for computers with Windows operating systems, from Windows XP to Windows 10. Keep in mind that this method is an emulation of it. Do each of the explained steps exactly as indicated, as an error can mean damage to USB devices.

Requirements to clone a USB key

Before starting the process to copy a Dongle, you have to meet a series of strictly necessary requirements To do the job correctly, take into account the following points:

  • Have a computer with a valid operating system for the program (Windows XP / Vista).
  • Know the make or model of the Dongle to which you are going to make the copy: These may be the following; HASP or Sentinel.
  • Once you know the model of the Dongle device, proceed to download the emulator from the following links:
  • Use dump dump programs, in this case you can use Neobit 11.
  • Download the drivers corresponding to the device, that is, if it is “Sentinel“the drivers for the same or if it is”HASP“, the same case.

Download dongle emulator

Creation process

The creation processes go in an order, first you must dump the dongle with the corresponding program and then perform the copy emulation. Always using the appropriate programs for each manufacturer.

Dongle dump

This process is one of the most complicated and can be somewhat dangerous. What You must take into account before starting the process is the brand of the dongle to which you are going to make a backup.

In this case, the process has been carried out with a Sentinel device and the Sentinel drivers have been installed. If these are not installed, the program will notify you of an error.

*Note: Search Google for the drivers for your device.

dump a dongle using neobit

There are different tabs or options that you can choose from in the program, Sentinel is chosen for now, because it is the one that interests us for the tutorial. But you can choose any of the other options if the brand of your device is different. The Keygen option should not be chosen, this because it does not fulfill any functionality in what you currently need to do.

You see different options to mark, at this time you will not choose any, since they are for more experienced users. You are only going to make a change in the blank space below the word “Dump and Solve”.

Next you will specify a name for the new device. This can be anyone, but at the end you must add the following “.Dng”. After adding the name and installing the corresponding drivers, you will click the button “Dump & Solve”, To continue with the process.

If you use a laptop, make sure that it is connected to the charger and have a full battery, as the process when you start has different phases and can take a long time to complete.

First phase

You have to locate the Dongle, if the device is correctly connected to a USB port you will be able to view it. If otherwise an error appears, change port device and restart the program to find the component again.

Second stage

Now the program will have to detect the algorithms and decrypt them. The procedure is the longest in time, because this depends on the Dongle, so it can even hours.

Third phase

You have to do the dump file creation, which will be “.Dng”. This file will be the one that we will use in the emulator after finishing the process.

Upon completing each phase, the progress bar that is identified in the image with a red box, it will gradually increase.

vocado progress in neobit

Failures during the process

Each phase can have different faults, causing specific errors. These are shown in the program’s error bar. Depending on the type, there may be a way to solve it. Next we will name the most common errors.

errors in neobit

  • The error “Can’t find dongle” (Can’t find dongle), is generated when the program cannot find the Dongle device.
  • There is also the “Unable to initialize sentinel API” (error initializing Sentinel API), this happens when there are errors with the drivers. It is recommended that when they are installed, they are activated as a service that Windows runs on startup.
  • When the process is over, you will have already created the file that will be a backup copy of the dongle, completely ready to emulate when needed.

.Dng file emulation

Now you will have to use some of the emulators that we previously indicated, as in this tutorial the Sentinel program is being used, we will use said emulator. Remember to use the one that corresponds to the model of your device.

sentinel drivers

This program will serve as an emulator for the dng file. A small disadvantage is that it can generate blue screens due to incompatibility with some programs if they run at the same time as the emulator is used. For example, it may fail if the bluetooth is on. If this happens, you should only disable crashing apps before using it.

You can see 3 tabs, each of them have a specific functionality:

  • Emulator: This is where the dongle will be used and emulated.
  • Dongles: This part is in charge of loading the dump file, previously explained.
  • Driver: It is where you are going to install the driver so that the program works correctly.

The first process you are going to choose is the “Driver” tab, so that this way the program works. The correct way for installation is as follows:

  • You are going to click “Install Driver”.
  • The options will be activated. auto run and manual run (automatic star / manual star).
  • You will choose the “Manual execution”.
  • You are going to click on “Save state” for it to be saved.

Once you have successfully completed these steps, you will go to the tab “Emulator”. This is where the east has to be emulated. Once this is done, you will see different options.

  • License: It is the license of the program.
  • Licensed Dongles: This is where the license of the one you want to emulate will be.
  • Computer ID: It is the id of the computer that is being used.

licenses and computer id from sentinel

You are going to click the button Start Service ”, thus starting the process. You will see that the status of the program changed. Now he will tell you “The service is already up and running.” You can see it in Sentinel status.

Load the .dng file

Now, you just have to click on the “Dongles” tab, so that you can load the dump file, in this case the “Dng file”, that you have previously created. For this you have to do the following:

  • You will select the option “Load Dump” and you are going to choose the file to load. Locate the file with the name you created.
  • After the upload is complete, you will return to the “Emulator” tab. In this part you will check that it has been loaded correctly and that it is working.
  • You will have to look at the data from “License” Y “License dongles”, in relation to the original data.
  • Once this is validated, you will be able to use the cloned device without problems.

How to share a dongle over LAN or Internet?

There is another method for you to share a Dongle device, without the need to make a copy. The great advantage of this option is that it works for current operating systems: Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android.

For this there is a program called: FlexiHub.


This has a free version which you can try for 14 days and one paid. The paid version is by subscription. Although, it also has a perpetual license vision, called USB Network Gate.

USB Network Gate

Download FlexiHub for any device

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