By Lily / Last update April 12, 2022

Case: Can I backup my files on a flash drive?


I have a 32GB USB flash drive, and I stored many files on the USB flash drive. Recently, I worried about whether the files are safe on the USB drive and I want to ask can I backup my files on a flash drive?

It is necessary to backup files on USB flash drive

Files stored on USB flash drive isn’t 100% safe as your imaging. It is prone to data loss because the USB drive always plug in and out on different computers. The incorrect plug operation, or the unstable voltage of USB interface, incorrect data write caused by system problems, etc, all can be the reasons that may cause USB flash drive failure. Once the bad things happen, files on USB flash drive may lose, and you may be greatly affected.

However, if you have backed up files on USB drive in advanced, you’ll minimize the damage in a certain way.

How to backup files on USB flash drive?

It is an important thing to backup files on USB flash drive. Well, how to backup files on USB drive?

The traditional way is to copy and paste files to another storage device, which is easy to operate. However, it may take a lot of time and occupy large storage space. For a better way, you can use effective tool like AOMEI Backupper to backup files on USB flash drive.

It will create a backup image which will take less time and occupy less space on the destination drive, and you can set up a schedule to make the task autorun daily, weekly, monthly. And the supported storage devices including HDD, SSD, external drive, another USB, NAS, share folder or even cloud service.

How to backup files on USB flash drive with AOMEI Backupper:

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Step 1. Connect your USB drive to the computer, make sure it can be detected. Launch AOMEI Backupper. To backup files on USB drive, here you need to click Backup-> File Backup.

File Backup

Step 2. Click Add File to choose the files on the USB drive you want to backup, or click Add Folder to choose the folder which contains the files you want to backup.

Step 3. Choose the storage drive that you are planing to store the backup image on. Another flash drive, external hard drive, local drive are all supported. You can even backup files to cloud drive if you like.

Start Backup Scheduled

Step 4. After setup, click Start Backup and wait till the task reaches 100%. Optionally, you can edit backup Options, set Schedule Backup or choose full or incremental backup in Backup Scheme

If you upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional, you can enable Automatic Cleanup Policy to auto delete old backups, set up USB plug-in backup to auto execute task once a USB is detected, set up differential backup, etc.

Many users may want to transfer all files on the USB drive. Thus you may ask “how do I backup my entire USB?” or “how to backup a flash drive to another flash drive?” so that all files on the USB drive will be backed up at one time.

Fortunately, AOMEI Backupper is also a great tool that allows you to backup USB flash drive, or other flash drive such as SD card, pen drive, thumb drive to another flash drive or hard drive with Disk Backup function under Backup tab.


It is important to backup files on USB flash drive. Backup data is a good habit that can save a lot of trouble. For example, if you have backed up system, then, when you have some trouble with your OS, you can restore system backup image to your computer instead of reinstalling OS. If you have backed up USB drive, then, once the USB drive failure, you won’t lose the data stored on it. Try AOMEI Backupper to backup your data now.

Tips: Windows Server users should apply to AOMEI Backupper Server edition.