Backup and Restore Bootable USB Drive with Best Freeware

Posted by @Ada

April 8, 2018

This article will introduce how to backup bootable USB flash drive exactly in Windows 7/8/10 and restore it with a freeware - AOMEI Backupper Standard.

Why backup bootable USB drive?

Most of you probably know USB drive can be also used as a bootable USB drive and install or boot Windows from it. Many people prefer using USB drives as an installation media to install Operating System on their computers.

You might hear a lot of stories about computer not working issue. Computer cannot boot, so all important files and applications couldn’t be reached now. If there is a bootable USB/CD, you can boot your computer and access the important data.

Even though creating bootable USB drive is a simple procedure, but it usually costs some time. If you have make an image backup of a bootable USB flash drive, it would be handy to restore the image whenever you need to boot a computer’s operating system or install a new operating system.

Also, A USB drive is a portable small removable device. More and more people would like to store photos, files and other important data on the USB drive. In case of data loss, backup is always a wise decision.

In short, for the purpose of disaster recovery, it is necessary to backup bootable USB drive.

How to backup bootable USB drive?

To copy bootable USB drive, you have to use a special third party software. Common tools like Windows built-in tool cannot do this work.

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a trustable backup and restore software. It is fast and user-friendly. The best part is that the software is completely free to use.

In this software, both disk backup and disk clone feature allows you make a backup of bootable USB drive. This article will emphatically introduce how to backup bootable USB drive with disk backup feature.

Step 1: Download AOMEI Backupper Standard and install this software.

Step 2: At the main interface, click Backup and then Disk Backup.

Disk Backup

Tips: By clicking Add, you can back up several hard disks at the same time.

Step 3: Choose the bootable USB as destination drive and choose another location as destination drive.

Backup Bootable USB

Tips: You can choose another USB drive, hard disk drive, SSD, NAS as the destination location.

Step 4: At the lower part of the interface, there are some advanced setting you can set up.

Backup Option

To make the backup more secure, click Backup Option to enable encryption for backups. If you wish to be notified after the backup done, you can tick enable email notification. For more useful settings, check Schedule and Scheme.

Step 5: After all the settings done, click Start Backup.

How to restore bootable USB drive?

After creating the backup, you may also want to know how to restore it. To restore bootable USB drive is also an easy operation with the help of AOMEI Backupper. To make sure the restore process is successful, you can use Check Image utilities to check if system image backup can be used for recovery or not.

The following is the detailed steps of how to restore the bootable USB drive.

Step 1: At the main interface of AOMEI Backupper, click Restore and from the list box choose the backup that you want to restore. Click Next to continue. By default, the image will be detected automatically, if not, click Path to navigate manually.

Disk Restore

Step 2: Select a backup point and click the Next button. The Backup type and Created time can be helpful to determine the appropriate point in time.

Backup Point

Step 3: Here is the information about the disk image. Click the disk image you want to restore. Then select the Destination disk or partition to restore the backup image.

Restore Bootable USB

Tips: The destination partition will be overwritten. Please backup your important files and folders in advance.

Step 4: Now, here comes the "Operation Summary" page to preview the restore operation to be executed. Click Start Restore after your confirmation.

Operation Summary

Tips: You can learn more in "Edit partitions on the destination disk" and "Align partition to optimize for SSD".

If you need to restore the system to a dissimilar hardware computer, you can tick Universal Restore. Also, this function is only available in the paid version.


AOMEI Backupper is a comprehensive software that combines backing up bootable USB drive and restore it when in need. It supports all editions of Windows system including Windows 10/8/8.1/7, Windows XP and Windows Visa.

USB drive backup and restore is only a small part of its function, you can also backup system, disk, partition or even specified files and folders, and restore them respectively. With VSS technology embedded, you can perform VSS Backup without interrupting.

Besides backup and restore, it is also a fantastic USB duplication software. With it, you can also clone bootable USB drive and use it as a backup.