Easiest| Backup Flash Drive Automatically When Plugged In

Posted by @Teresa

November 8, 2018

This tutorial portrays a simple way to backup flash drive automatically when plugged in PC. Files and Folders can be auto backed up from/to USB drive easily. Let’s take a closer look.

Need to Backup USB Drive When Plugged In

"I’d like to backup my Kingston 16GB USB flash drive automatically when I plug it in my PC. The stick is quite important because it contains many school projects and files that I cannot afford to lose. I don't believe I can remember to back up every time plug in. Google a solution with Windows Task Scheduler and robocopy thing, but that is really hard to follow. Is there any simple way for somebody like me to backup flash drive automatically when plugged in? Any suggestion would be appreciated." 

Tiny USB sticks, such as Samsung, Toshiba, SanDisk, Lexar and Sony, are fairly useful in transferring files from one computer to another. The merits that make it easy to carry also imply potential dangers, and that’s why so many people want to back it up for secure. In general, these two main factors come first.

  • Flash drive failing. Due to plug in and out frequently as well as its composition, flash drive device is vulnerable and likely go failure, regardless of capacities and brands.

  • Tiny sticks get lost easily. You may find USB device disappears from your pocket or not be able to find it any more. Once lost, all data on the drive gone.

On the contrary, some users need to auto backup folder TO USB drive when the device connected. Surely, there are other reasons that require USB automatically copying. Anyhow, what counts next is to find a professional tool to accomplish.

Copy USB Data Secretly via Easy-to-use Tool

AOMEI Backupper Professional, powerful yet easy-to-use backup software, offers a simple way on USB backup when plugged in. Create a backup task to configure the files needing to be backed up, select “USB plug in” trigger option from Schedule, and done. Every time you connect the USB drive, the task would run automatically and secretly.

Apart from backup task, the software also allows you to auto sync USB drive when connected with File Sync. The most important difference between backup and sync is that files can be used directly after sync. To copy files that been used frequently, auto sync is recommended. However, to create extra copy for security, auto backup is the best choice.

Windows 10/8/8.1/7/XP/Vista supported. You may want to get the free trial and have a try.

Free Trial

Backup Flash Drive Automatically When Plugged In Step by Step

Note: to let Windows recognize and assign drive letter properly, please first assign a drive letter to your USB drive permanently. For detailed steps with screenshots, please refer to permanently assign drive letter.

1. Connect the flash drive to your computer. Assign a drive letter to it. Take auto copy files from USB to computer for example.

2. Install and run AOMEI Backupper Professional. Click Backup and then File Backup.

File Backup

3. Edit the task name for distinguishing. Click Add Folder or Add File and then Browse to add files you’d like to backup from the flash drive.

Add File or Folder

Tips:

  • You can add more than one file or folder.

  • You have choice to exclude files that you don’t want to back up from selected folders through file extensions in Filter settings.

Filter settings

4. Select the destination path to store the backup images. Network path and cloud drive are supported.

Add destination path

5. Click Schedule beneath and then select USB plug in from the drop-down list on the pop out window.

USB plug in

Tips:

  • Check Run one time everyday option to let the tool backup once a day if plug in and out frequently a day.

  • You can define how to perform the backup (full, incremental or differential) in Advanced of this window. Incremental backup is selected by default.

6. Click Start Backup to add the schedule only or run the task immediately.

Start Backup

Tips:

  • You have choices to encrypt, compress or split backup images in Backup Options.

  • Scheme ensures deleting old backups automatically.

  • You can manage all tasks under Home tab.

The next time you plug in the USB flash drive, AOMEI Backupper Professional will execute the task and backup files automatically. Enjoy this set-and-forget type.

Conclusion

Now you see how to backup flash drive automatically when plugged in with simple clicks. No need to worry about data loss at all. You can learn more backup modes in Schedule if necessary.

Other than being backup software, AOMEI Backupper also shows its magic in cloning bootable USB drive to hard drive or the like for upgrading and backup. Keep it installed to protect your computer with system backup or disk backup as well.