By Delia / Last update October 14, 2020


Backing up your Windows 7 to USB is a good rescue plan, that the backup image can be restored back when Windows 7 becomes corrupted or not bootable. Here, a system image is an exact copy of the operating system drive that gets backed up and saved into a file. Once your OS develops problems and cannot easily be fixed, you can make use of the backup image so as to bring your computer back to earlier date when everything is alright.

How to back up Windows 7 to USB (2 free ways)?

Way 1. Backup with Windows 7 Backup and Restore

Window 7 Backup and Restore tool is pretty basic in terms of feature without fast speed of a third party software. Anyway, we’ll show you how to finish the job with the Windows 7 tool, and there are three ways for you to run it.

  • Option 1. Click the Start orb and type backup into search. You will see Backup and Restore appear in program, and press enter.

  • Option 2. Click the Start orb > All Programs > Maintenance > Backup and Restore

  • Option 3. Go to Control Panel > System and Security > Backup and Restore

Then, to create system image for Windows 7 on USB drive, please follow steps below.

Step 1. Click “Create a system image” in the left pane.

Create Image

Step 2. In this window, select the location you’re going to save the system image (USB will show under hard disk). Click “Next”.

Save Image

The next screen will offer to backup any other volume you want to include in the process, while the main system partition and the boot partition are both automatically selected and cannot be touched.

Select Source

Step 3. At the final confirmation window, click “Start backup” to start the process.


Way 2. Backup with free AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper is a powerful and convenient software for backing up system, disk, partition, and files, which also applies to restore and clone. Besides, it has other utilities, such as make bootable disk.

It is free for Windows 10/8/7 and would help you backup Windows 7 to USB drive or CD/DVD disc in simple clicks.

Step 1. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Select “System Backup” under “Backup” tab.

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System Backup

Step 2. Name the backup task, the complete system file will be chose by default , and you should select your USB as the destination path.

Select Destination

Step 3. Click “Start Backup”.

Tip: Another very useful feature named USB plug in (paid feature) at Schedule settings, click Schedule > General > USB plug in, and hit OK, it will backup files automatically to the USB drive once the USB is plugged in.

Step 4. Click “Finish” when the process is done.

Note: Before backup, please connect USB to your computer so as to make sure it can be detected.