By Ivy / Last update January 4, 2021

The Symptom

I’m planning to use my HP 4GB USB flash drive to backup Windows 7. But I tried it without a success; I can’t save the backups to my USB drive, why? I just want to backup system to USB flash drive and restore my computer in the future just in case. Does anyone have a solution to this issue, Thanks a lot.

Why Backup Windows 7/8/10 to USB flash drive?

First of all, you have to know the intent of backing up Windows to USB flash drive. Backup Windows 7/8/10 operating system to external hard drive could be the best wisdom choice for you. External hard drive includes SSDs, USB flash drives, CD/DVD, and other storage devices. Backing up Windows to USB drive makes it easier to restore system to original state. However, if you have only a USB flash drive, then Windows backup to USB flash drive could be the only way.

In this case, if you create backup to HP 4GB flash drive with Windows built-in program, you probably get the warning that the disk is not a valid backup location.

The Drive Is Not A Valid Backup Location

How to backup system to USB flash drive easily when create a system image not working for USB drive? Just take it easy, we will give you the best resolution to do Windows 7/8/10 backup to USB flash drive.

How to Do Windows Backup to USB Drive?

As we all known, Windows built-in backup program named Windows 7 Backup and Restore has some restrictions, which will easily overwhelmed by the third party backup software. Today, we will introduce you the best free Windows backup software - AOMEI Backupper. It released different languages editions like English, French, German, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese for Varity users. This program is capable of backing up Windows operating system (OS), programs, user documents, and other content, which makes it the most popular backup tool. On the other hand, AOMEI Backupper is highly recommended by users due to its intuitive interface and comprehensive features.

The steps are listed below to show you how to do Windows backup to USB flash drive:

1. Free download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and launch the installer. Connect your USB drive to the computer and ensure it can be detected.

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2. In the Home window, select Backup tab, then choose System Backup.

System Backup

3. Input a proper name in Task Name box to distinguish other backups and select the USB drive to save the system image.

Select USB Drive

✍AOMEI Backupper Standard will detect the system partition associated with system files automatically. You don’t have to select manually.
✍You can also backup system to SSD drive, NAS device, network share, CD/DVD, clouds, etc.

4. Click Start Backup to do Windows backup to USB flash drive.

There are three options you can choose (it's optional):
Options: You can encrypt, split, compress, and enable Email notification, etc.
Schedule: You can create system backup daily, weekly, monthly, event triggers, or USB plug in.
Scheme: It’s an advanced function in AOMEI Backupper Professional, which allows you to enable disk space management to delete old backup images automatically, including incremental backup scheme, differential backup scheme, full backup scheme, space management scheme and other backup scheme.

Moreover, If you could backup entire computer to USB flash drive easily to protect your data.

After a moment, Windows 7/8/10 backup to USB flash drive has been successfully. In addition, AOMEI Backupper Professional allows you to clone OS to SSD drive, sync files to other locations, restore system to dissimilar hardware restore, merge backup images, command line backup, and many more.