How to Backup to USB Drive When Plugged in?

Posted by @Eileen

November 9, 2018

If you want to find an easy way to backup to USB drive when plugged in, you can refer to this article and get the best solution with detailed steps.

The benefits of backing up data to USB

“I bought a Patriot 64 GB flash drive for use to save system images and for ease of carrying the backups with me. When I start the Windows 7 backup create a system image option and try and select the flash drive as the target for the image I get the message the drive is not a valid backup location and I cannot proceed. The drive is brand new and quick formatted to NTFS so I don’t see what the problem could be. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.”

With the rapid development of technology and science, more and more users want to learn how to backup to USB drive when plugged in. Maybe you have also encountered the above situation. The reason for the backup failure is that Windows 7 Backup and Restore cannot use USB as a destination device. People prefer to create an auto backup to USB drive, because compared to other external hard drives, USB has more merits.

  • Low cost. Most people can easily afford a USB.

  • Compact size. Most USB's weigh less than 30g. Therefore it is convenient to carry.

  • Wider practicability. USB port is designed for most devices such as laptop, desktop PC and so on.

  • Easier to use. Unlike other external drives, USB does not require a cable. All you need to do is insert the USB.

Thus, to protect data against a data loss incident, more and more people would rather back up operating system to a USB.

The best backup software for USB – efficient and easy

Want to create an automatic backup to USB for Windows 7? A third party software maybe a good solution. AOMEI Backupper Professional, the professional backup and restore software, runs smoothly on Windows 10, Windows 8.1/8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and XP.

You can backup operating system, local disks or certain files to USB drive easily with this best software. Besides, other practical features like syncing files, restoring system image, cloning partitions are also available for this software. You can use them to prevent your data from being lost.

You can run an auto backup to USB easily with its user-friendly interface. Here is a quick guide for your reference.

How to backup to USB drive when plugged in step by step?

Before performing an automatic USB backup, you need to connect the USB drive to your computer and check the validity of the USB. By the way, you can assign drive letter to the USB. Therefore, the backup task can be recognized easily later.

Here is an example of system backup.

Step 1. Download, install and run this software. Choose Backup from the left side. Then click System Backup.

System Backup

Step 2. You can modify the Task Name to distinguish it from others easily. The required system partitions are selected by default in Step 1. Select your USB (E:\) in Step 2.

Select USB

Step 3. Click Schedule from the bottom of the page. Select USB plug in under the General tab. Choose Run one time everyday. Then click OK.

USB Plug In

Step 4. If all things are right, you can click Start Backup.

Start Backup


  • If you click Backup Options in step 4, you will face six options: General, Compression, Splitting, Intelligent Sector, VSS and Other. These options can be set by your needs.

  • After clicking Schedule, you can see six modes under General tab: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers, USB plug in and Real-time Sync.

  • You can click Scheme to delete older backups automatically.


It is recommended that you backup your data frequently to avoid data loss. It only takes a few simple steps to backup to USB drive when plugged in via AOMEI Backupper Professional. Any brand and capacity of USB drive are supported by this software.

Some practical functions like backing up computer to CD, syncing two folders on same computer, restoring Windows 7 are also designed for this USB flash drive backup software. You can use them to protect your data.