Automatically Copy Files When USB Drive Connected

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Brithny updated on Jan 14, 2021 to Computer Instruction | How-to Articles

How to Make USB Auto Copy Files When Plugged In

A lot of people say that they are looking for a solution for copying or backing up all the files from a hard disk to a specific directory on a USB memory device once the USB is connected. It seems difficult to realize this automatic copying, but we still have a solution. 

Recommended: Turn to Windows Backup and Recovery Software for Help

To solve this issue, we'd like to recommend a professional and easy-to-use backup tool - EaseUS's backup software to you. It supports different types of backup, clone, restoration and so on and its File Backup feature enables you to automatically back up and copy files when the USB drive is connected. 

Why Do You Choose EaseUS Todo Backup:

  • Backup complete partitions or hard drives
  • Backup specific single files or folders
  • Space-saving backup due to archive compression and leaving out free space
  • Easy to handle
  • Fully supports Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

How Does It Work:

You'll need to take two moves:

1. This tool will create an image of your file to the USB first.

Note: You can preview the image, but if you want to edit it, you must copy it to another place or recover it by using the tool. The image is a little bit different, for it takes less space but the content keeping the same.

2. Then you'll need to set a schedule for the automatic backup.

This tool can not only automatically copy files when the USB drive is connected but also automatically copy files from one folder to another easily.

Step-by-step Direction on How to Automatically Copy Files When USB Drive Connected

To make USB drive back up and copy files automatically once it's connected to PC, follow the steps below:


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

Step 1. Launch EaseUS backup software and choose "File" on the window 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 a 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.

In The End

Once the schedule backup task is complete, and when EaseUS Todo Backup finishes backing up files to your USB flash drive for the first time, you can then close this program and unplug USB.

Next time, EaseUS Todo Backup will automatically copy and backup files to your USB once it's plugged in/connected to your PC.

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