Windows 10 system image is a snapshot of Windows 10 system, including operating system, programs, user files, which can restore Windows 10 to an earlier normal state in case of something awful things happen such as windows can’t boot, etc.
Commonly, hard disk has a recovery partition when Windows 10 installed, around 450MB, which stores the OS, drivers, applications, and default settings for operating system repair. Or your PC might have a recovery image designed for computer reset or refresh, which is typically 3 to 6 GB in size and stored on an independent recovery partition. The recovery partition can troubleshoot and fix the system problems, then restore your computer.
However, you can delete the recovery partition to free up space and use Windows 10 system image to restore OS. Besides, creating a backup of system on internal hard disk is a risk operation; the backup might be lost due to hard disk failure, unintentional deletion, virus attack and other reasons. Thus, you can create Windows 10 system image on USB drive to restore system to normal in case Windows 10 won’t boot.
Backup Windows 10 to USB with Windows 10’s Built-in Tool
It’s necessary to create a Windows 10 system image on flash drive to prevent system from corrupting or hard drive failure and so on. Therefore, you can use Windows 10 built-in tool-Backup and Restore (Windows 7) to create an image backup for Windows 10.
1. Type “backup and restore” in Windows 10 search box, then choose “Backup and Restore (Windows 7)”.
2. Click the “Create a system image” option, and then hit “Next”.
3. Select the USB flash drive to save the Windows 10 backup. Then click “Next”.
Tips: Make sure you have plugged the USB flash drive into the computer; the program will detect the device automatically.
4. Confirm the backup settings and click “Start backup” to image Windows 10 to USB drive.
A Better Way to Backup Windows 10
Another reliable way to create system image backup for Windows 10 is use the third party backup software to realize. AOMEI Backupper works great with USB flash drive in Windows Vista, XP, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, which is a powerful image tool for hard disk, NAS device, external hard disk, SD card, SSD drive and more; as well as useful restore and clone operations.
Here, we will introduce the detailed steps with AOMEI Backupper for you; you will have a full concept about backing up Windows 10 to USB drive.
Tips: Make sure the USB drive can accept the system image for Windows 10; you’d better prepare a 8GB USB drive.
2. At the next window, edit the “Task Name” to distinguish from other backups.
3. In the “Step2”, select the USB flash drive as destination location to save the Windows 10 system image.
Tips: In the “Step1”, the program will select the partition associated with Windows 10 system files automatically.
4. Click “Start Backup” to create a system image for Windows 10.
Wait for a moment, you’ll find Windows 10 system image on flash drive has been successfully created. Then take the USB drive to a safe place and don’t save other data anymore. Then you could restore Windows 10 system image to normal when the OS is corrupted. Apart from create Windows 10 system image on flash drive, you can also create bootable media, file sync, disk clone, dissimilar hardware restore, and more features.