Backup Computer to USB Flash Drive in Windows 10/8/7

Brithny updated on Apr 03, 2019 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

Question: How do I back up my computer to flash drive

As a computer user, you may encounter some terrible situations at a time. Your system could crash or fail, the hard drive could be corrupted and not work properly, unknown virus or ransomware could damage or encrypt your data or a software bug could delete your important files.

In this case, it is important to create a backup of your computer to protect your system and data from all the disasters that might happen unexpectedly. At this time, you may want to know: "How do I back up my computer to a USB flash drive?".

Where to back up the computer? USB flash drive is recommended

When it comes to backing up the computer, you might find yourself debating where to backup.

Technically, you can back up the computer and save the image files on PC hard drive, an SSD, a regular external hard drive or a USB flash drive. But which one is the best choice?

Here we recommend you to back up the entire computer with Windows system to an external hard drive or USB flash drive. Why is that?

  1. 1. It allows you to restore your system, data, installed programs or settings to the backup state even your PC cannot boot after an unforeseen disaster.
  2. 2. USB manufacturers have made USB extremely light with huge capacity and stable performance. USB flash drive seems to be a better choice than an external hard drive.

Next, let's see how to back up your computer system and data to USB flash drive in Windows 10/8/7.

How to back up the computer to USB flash drive in Windows 10/8/7

1. Download Windows backup and recovery software for help

Depending on the importance of the system and data, you can choose to back up your computer to USB flash drive daily, weekly, monthly or just upon an event.

EaseUS Todo Backup, a popular Windows backup and recovery software with scheduled backup option is a nice tool to manage this job. It offers full compatibility with Windows 10/8/7 and other previous Windows versions. 

2. USB flash drive with enough storage space

It's necessary to prepare a USB flash drive with enough storage space for saving your computer data and system backup. Usually, 256GB or 512GB is fairly enough for creating a computer backup.

Tutorial: Backup computer to USB flash drive

Step 1. Connect the USB flash drive to PC, launch EaseUS online computer backup software and click "Disk/Partition Backup".

Step 2. Choose the source disk you want to backup and select the USB flash drive as the destination disk where you want to save the backup image.

Choose the source and destination disk to backup computer to USB flash drive

Step 3. Click "Proceed" to save all the changes and backup computer to USB flash drive.

Note: Here if you don't want to back up the entire computer hard drive, you can choose the right option in step 1 to back up important files with 'File Backup' mode.

2. Back up Windows to USB

If you want to back up Windows system only to a USB flash drive, please follow: back up Windows 10 to USB as a guide to create a system image and prevent unnecessary OS disaster with the help of EaseUS Todo Backup.

 
 

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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.