How to Automatically Backup to USB Drive When Plugged in

This how-to guide teaches you how to automatically backup personal files to a USB flash drive when plugged in with the help of EaseUS Todo Backup. It is the only backup and recovery software that works as an automatic USB backup software for users to create backups automatically to the USB drive as soon as it was recognized by your computer.

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Updated on Feb 26, 2024

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🙍‍♂️User Case
"Would you please recommend me an auto USB backup software that supports to automatically back up computer files to a USB drive when it is plugged in? Each time I want to back up the imported camera photos on my computer to a Toshiba USB flash drive, I have to insert the drive and then copy files down. It's so troublesome."

USB flash drive brings great convenience for its users because it allows them to take important files and folders anywhere they want. But if you lose the USB drive by accident, you'll miss it forever. So, it is necessary and crucial to back up USB drives frequently to safeguard your data.

Are you also seeking a way to automatically back USB drive when plugged in? This guide from EaseUS will provide a professional and trustworthy tool to help you back up files on a USB drive automatically each time you plug it in.

EaseUS Todo Backup - Automatic USB Flash Drive Backup Software

It's a great idea to develop a piece of backup and recovery software that supports to backup files to not only internal hard drive but also external storage drive such as USB memory stick. Or even greater if the data files can be automatically backed up to a flash drive as soon as Windows detects and recognizes it.

In fact, EaseUS Todo Backup is such a backup program to create backups on your USB drive (including disk & partition, files, games, applications, system data...) in an automatic way. What's more, it's the most user-friendly software ever that makes files to USB drive backup super easy and fast.

When you need to create an automatic USB flash drive backup, set it up with the path: Options > backup Scheme > Upon Event > Each time USB plug in. You can also set a scheduled backup at the frequency of daily, weekly, monthly, etc.

backup scheme usb

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How to Backup USB Drive Automatically When Plugged In

Next, download and install the Windows backup software, EaseUS Todo Backup, on your Windows 11/10/8/7 computer. Prepare your USB flash drive (any brand and capacity of USB drive are supported, no matter if it's 2/4/8/16/32/128GB SanDisk, Toshiba, Transcend, Lexar, Sony, Kingston or Samsung), and correctly connect it to the computer that has EaseUS Todo Backup installed.

To create backups to your USB drive automatically, follow the below steps:

Step 1. Start with selecting the backup contents.

create disk backup step1

Step 2. There are four backup categories, File, Disk, OS, and Mail, click Disk.

create disk backup step2

Step 3. It is available to back up a whole disk or a certain partition. Choose the one you need and click OK.

disk partition backup

Step 4.  Select the destination where you want to save the backup.

select a backup target location

Step 5. For disk/partition backup, you can choose to save the backup to local drive or to NAS.

Disk backup step5

Step 6. After the backup process is completed, your task will be displayed at the left. Right-click any one of the task, you can further manage your backup such as recover it, create incremental backup, etc.

Disk backup step6

The Final Words

Finally, automatically backing up USB drives when plugged in is critical for protecting critical data. With the rising reliance on USB sticks for storing and transmitting files, the danger of data loss or corruption has substantially grown. To address this issue, a dependable backup tool is required. 

EaseUS Todo Backup is the clear winner among the different solutions available. It emerges as the best option for assuring continuous and effective backup of USB drives. By applying this dependable tool, users may easily preserve their critical data and reduce the possible impact of unforeseen catastrophes.

FAQs on Automatically Backup USB

Is it OK to leave a USB drive plugged in all the time?

It is generally safe to leave a USB drive plugged in all the time, but it is not recommended for various reasons. 

Firstly, continuously powering the USB drive might cause greater wear and tear on the device, thus limiting its lifespan. Second, if the drive is disconnected or removed abruptly while in operation, there is a tiny danger of inadvertent data corruption or damage. Furthermore, if the USB drive contains sensitive or significant data, leaving it plugged in presents a security risk in the event that the computer is attacked or stolen.

How to set up automatic backup to an external drive Windows 11?

  • Connect the target external hard disk to your computer.
  • On Windows 11, go to System> Storage> Advanced Storage Settings> Backup Options.
  • To select your external hard drive, click Add a device under Back up using File History.
  • toggle on/off Back up my files automatically as needed.

EaseUS Todo Backup

EaseUS Todo Backup is a dependable and professional data backup solution capable of backing up files, folders, drives, APP data and creating a system image. It also makes it easy to clone HDD/SSD, transfer the system to different hardware, and create bootable WinPE bootable disks.

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