How to Create System Image on USB Windows 7\8\10?

July 22, 2016

Free AOMEI Backupper allows you to create a system image of Windows 10/8/7 and save to USB flash drive easily.

What's a system image file?

A system image is a file or set of files, which contains everything on a PC’s hard drive, or just from one single partition. For example, when you use a system imaging program as AOMEI Backupper, it will automatically pack up your system partition (C drive as usual) and system reserved partition (both make a complete sysytem image backup package), copying everything here bit by bit. You then have a complete system image and you can restore onto the drive to bring computer back to eariler date.

Why choose an USB to save system image?

Here, when we talk about USB, we mean the Flash / Thumb drive. It’s small, convenient and cheaper than purchasing an external USB disk drive. With a system image on it, you’re also able to use it to restore the image content. But the limitation of using an USB flash drive is that you may only be able to store one or two full image backups before the flash drive is full. So, you’d better create system image on USB manually rather than automatically backup.

How to create system image to USB with AOMEI Backupper?

AOMEI Backupper is a powerful backup software with ease-to-use interface, supporting all Windows versions including Windows 7/8/10/8.1/XP/Vista. As following, we’ll show you how to create system image on USB flash drive step by step.

Step1: Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Select “System Backup” under “Backup” tab.

System Backup

Step 2: Name the backup task, the system file will be chose by default at “Step 1”, and you should select your USB as the destination path at “Step2”.

Set Backup

Step 3: Click “Finish” when the process is done.


Tip: Different system image programs use different types of system images. For maximum compatibility, you should use the same tool you used to create the system image to restore it.

AOMEI Backupper not only supports to create system image, but also allows to restore image content. In addition, it has clone utility and other utilities as make bootable disk.