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How to Back Up Windows 11 to USB [How-to] Step by Step Guide

Updated by Jean on Aug 02, 2021

Some users may have early access to development builds of Windows 11. If you have just installed Windows 11, we can also help you with data protection tips and Windows backup and recovery recommendations. In this guide, we mainly discuss how to backup Windows 11 to an external USB drive.

The Necessity of Daily Computer Backup in Windows 11

From what we know so far, Windows 11 backup system is similar to Windows 10 and regular data backup methods should work the same. Users should be aware that Windows 11 is currently not stable and there are higher risks of data loss and other system errors. However, most data loss cases are still caused by user errors or hardware issues. Apart from mindful usage of your computer, you should also pay attention to the computer system. Make sure that the power cord and data cables are plugged in properly, keep an eye on CPU temperature to prevent overheat, etc. These simple checks can easily reduce data loss from occurring without much effort.

But even if everything is checked and maintained regularly, sometimes unfortunate problems can also cause data loss and there's nothing you can do about it. Therefore you should always have a backup plan at all time to completely prevent the risk of permanent data loss as you can easily restore the backed up files in no time.

What Items Are Important to Backup

If you have limited backup storage or simply need help with the backup priority for important files, here is a rough list of personal data as a reminder of files that should be backed up.

  • Important work files such as reports, documents, spreadsheets, etc. These files can also be kept in cloud storage such as Dropbox to prevent data loss and allow you to work from any device. See how to backup files to OneDrive.
  • Other personal files should be backed up as they cannot be obtained if the original files are gone.
  • Large files that while downloadable can take too much time, such as movies, games, etc.

Apart from backing up files and folders, you can also backup the Windows 11 operating system itself using various tools available as we will introduce in the section below.

Guide: How to Back Up Windows 11 OS and Data to USB Drive

When creating data backups, it's recommended to keep the backup on a separate storage device entirely. Usually, you should use an external HDD/SSD, flash drives, or other devices available. Backing up to other devices will give you better protection from data loss problems, as when your entire system crashes and becomes inaccessible, you won't be able to restore from backup if it's kept on that device. Similarly, you should also keep the backup device disconnected from any computer system when not in use. The more you use that device, the risk of data corruption increases.

There is much software that can be used to backup your important files and operating system. In this article, we are introducing EaseUS Todo Backup, a reliable Windows backup tool that can be used to backup all your files automatically. This program can also backup and transfer operating system data onto a portable device such as create a portable Windows USB flash drive. With this feature, you will be able to use Windows 11 on other computers as needed.

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  • Connect your USB to your computer
  • Download EaseUS Todo Backup

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and choose "File".

click file backup

Step 2. Click "Browse" to decide a backup image location to save your files. Be aware of the "Schedule" part, and go to start a scheduled backup plan by setting "Upon event".

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choose a location to save data

Upon event

The backup is to be automatically executed in the event of:

  • System startup - Backup runs automatically when the system starts up.
  • System shutdown - Backup runs automatically when the system is shut down.
  • User logon - Backup runs automatically when Windows logs in.
  • User logoff - Backup runs automatically when Windows logs off.
  • USB device plugged in - Backup runs automatically when the USB device is plugged in provided that it is set to be the destination.

Step 3. Choose start at "USB device plugged in..." and click "Save". Note the warning message, the automatic backup or copying will only happen to the exact device on which you created the task.

set a schedual to start to back up to usb automatically.

Step 4. After saving all changes, re-plug or reconnect your USB drive. Then when your computer recognizes the USB drive, the automatic copying and backup process starts.

Note: every new automatic backup plan requires the backup image saved at the last time, or else the backup software won't work as planned even it detects the same USB device.


Windows 11 is still in development so early access versions are still unstable. With this added data loss risk, users are encouraged to make regular data backups of important files. With a powerful tool like EaseUS Todo Backup you can automatically backup your documents, reports, movies, music, games, and other files without hassle. You should keep these backups on a separate storage device to prevent data loss issues from also affecting the backup itself. Additionally, you can back up the operating system data on an external drive to transfer it to another computer as needed. See how to transfer systems from dissimilar hardware.

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Updated by Jean

Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!

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