Incremental Backup to USB Drive with AOMEI Backupper

Posted by @AOMEI

August 23, 2016

The best way to start a incremental backup on a external USB Drive is to do so with AOMEI Backupper.

Why need incremental backup to USB drive?

First of all, we should know that incremental backup includes only changed files. Usually, the first “incremental” backup is a full backup, the second incremental backup backs up only those files that have changed since the first backup, and the third would backs up only those files that have changed since the second, and so on. Therefore, incremental backup takes less backup time, produces smaller backup image files and takes up less storage space.

Secondly, a USB drive is a guarantee to efficiently, effectively, reliably and safely backup your computer.( A USB drive is an external hard drive which has the same design with an internal hard drive, except that USB hard drive comes in an external casing that protects the drive. And the case includes a USB interface allowing you to connect the drive to your USB port using a USB cable. Like hard drive, it stores data using spindles of disk that spin thousand of times every minute.)

Incremental backup to USB drive means to incremental backup your disk, system, partition or files into another storage device. For instance, AOMEI Backupper, an incremental backup software, provides four incremental backup options: System Backup, Disk Backup, System Backup and File Backup. When you practice any of this four backup mode, it will allow you to create backup image to one partition of the local disk, or networks such as NAS, or external drive. Here, to handle this operation, you must plug in an USB drive to your computer in advance.

How to incremental backup to USB drive?

Now we will show you how to incremental backup hard drive to USB drive with AOMEI Backupper, and this is same to System Backup, Partition Backup and File Backup but with different choice at first. AOMEI Backupper is running well with all editions of Windows including Windows XP\Vista\7\8\8.1\10 and allows you to do full backup, differential backup and incremental backup. It’s easy to operate and completely free of charge.

Step 1: Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard Edition. Select “Disk Backup” under “Backup” tab.

Disk Backup

Step 2: Name the backup job, select the disk you want to backup at “Step1” and select the USB drive as destination path at “Step 2”.( Please plug your USB drive in before.) In addition, click “Schedule” to set an incremental backup.


In the pop-up window, please choose “Incremental Backup” under “Advanced” tab, and under “General” tab you can set a schedule to automatic backup changed files daily, weekly and monthly at exact time.


Step 3: After finishing settings, click “OK” to continue, and then “Start Backup” to backup to USB. When the operation has been completed, click "Finish" to exit the interface.

Note:When the process of full backup is completed, you can view backups under the "Home" tab. Supposing you have added some files to disk 0, making an incremental backup for the newly added files. Just click "Incremental Backup" under the "Backup" item here. Then, the program will directly go to the execution page, and then the operations will be carried out automatically.

Incremental Backup

After the operation has been completed, you can preview all the versions of this backup task through Home-> Advanced-> Properties.

Check Backup

Then, all the image files of this backup will be listed under the "Versions" tab.


Note: There maybe many incremental backups after years, if you want to manage them more easily, you can consolidate incremental backups into a single image.