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

Updated on Sep 18, 2018 by Brithny to Backup Utility

Summary:
Here, we created a step-by-step tutorial teaching how to backup computer to USB flash drive in Windows 10/8/7 with Windows backup and recovery software. Try it to protect your system, data, installed programs or settings from all the disasters that might happen unexpectedly.

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 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 computer to USB flash drive in Windows 10/8/7


# Preparations

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 (backup computer data, system)

1. Back up entire computer data to 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 tutorial guide to create a system image and prevent unnecessary OS disaster with the help of EaseUS Todo Backup.