Backup Windows 10 to USB Drive Easily with Freeware

Posted by @Ada

July 21, 2017

If you are disappointed with Windows 10 built-in program when backuping Windows 10 to USB flash drive, the third-party freeware AOMEI Backupper can give you help.

Backup Windows 10 to USB Drive Easily with Freeware

Why backup Windows 10 to USB drive?

We all know system backup is very critical. If your system crash due to virus, hard failure or human error, you can restore it to its previous state. However, choosing a reliable location to save the image files is even more important. The reasons to backup Windows 10 to USB is as follows.

If you save your backups to internal hard drive, you may lose the backups if hard failure happens. Some people may choose to backup to NAS(network-attached storage). However, if many users have access to the shared location and it is always connected, virus and malware may also infect the shared folder.

Therefore, it is recommended to backup to an external hard drive. It is safe for your data because an external hard drive can be stored in a location that’s separate from your computer once the backup is done.

Among external hard drives like SSDs, CD/DVD, and other storage devices, USB flash drive is relatively cheap, portable and easy to use.

USB drives are small and compact, so users can carry them easily in their pockets. It has become commonplace on other devices, such as smart phones, PDAs and video game consoles.

A USB flash drive is always very tough, it is not likely to be damaged unless you hit it with a hammer or something else.

Windows 10 built-in backup tool fails to backup to USB drive

USB flash drive is good file transport tool as well as a great backup storage for backup images. When it comes to backup Windows 10 to USB, many PC users would like to use Windows Backup and Restore.

However, when you choose USB flash drive as the backup destination hard drive in Windows at the step of “Where do you want to save the backup?” You will see a warning reads: “The drive is not a valid backup location”.

That means you cannot backup Windows 10 to USB flash drive under Windows OS. This problem would happen when you use either Windows 7 File Recovery in Windows 8, 8.1 or Windows 7 Backup and Restore in Windows 7, 10.

Create a System Image

It is a default limitation that Windows users cannot backup system drive image to USB flash drive. In earlier times, USB flash drive is created in small size. Therefore, it is hard and insecure to place system backup image up to several GB, on a flash drive, especially when scheduled system backup set.

Easy way to backup Windows 10 to USB With Freeware

Since Windows Backup and Restore does not support to backup System to USB flash drive, you may need a third party software to help you. AOMEI Backupper Standard is a reliable and all-around backup and recovery software designed for Windows 7, 8, 10, 8.1, Vista and Windows XP. It is easy and free to use. Let’s see how to backup Windows 10 to USB.

Step 1: Download AOMEI Backupper Standard and launch the software.

Step 2: Select Backup and click System Backup.

System Backup

Step 3: Select the USB drive as the destination storage. System drive and its related partition have been selected by default.

Destination Storage

Step 4: Confirm the operation summary. Here you have options to do scheduled system backup in daily, weekly, or monthly by clicking Schedule. Click Start Backup.

Operation Summary


Backup Options: This offers you options to password protect backup image, compression and split backup images.

Schedule: This also is the place where you can change backup mode between full backup, incremental backup and differential backup.

Scheme: This helps you auto delete old backups when backup image amount overpass the value you set.

Restore system image from USB

Only system backup is not enough. After successful backup, you may also need to know how to restore system image from USB drive some day if disaster happens.

Before restoring system, you need to create system repair disc or you can use AOMEI Backupper to create a bootable media using USB flash drive. Click Restore at the interface of AOMEI Backupper and then check System Restore box, following the instruction step by step, you will make it.

System Restore


With the help of AOMEI Backupper, you can backup windows 10 to USB very easily with just a few clicks. And you do not have to worry “The drive is not a valid backup location” problem at all. Also, you can make system restore with USB quite easily. Besides Backup and restore, AOMEI Backupper is also professional cloning software that supports to clone system and disk and to clone HDD to SSD.