How to Automatically Backup to USB Drive When Plugged in

Brithny updated on Apr 08, 2019 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

"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."

EaseUS Todo Backup Automatic backup software for backing up files to an external USB flash drive

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.

How to backup/sync files to a USB drive automatically when plugged in

Next, download and install the Windows backup software on your Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP computer. Prepare your USB flash drive (any brand and capacity of USB drive are supported, no matter 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:

Preparations:

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

Step 1. Launch EaseUS backup software and choose "File Backup" option to make USB auto copy files when plugged in.

click file backup

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

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.

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

About EaseUS Todo Backup

Be it a file, system, partition, or disk, EaseUS Todo Backup will help you back up or clone the item and provide you with multiple backup plans.