By Lily / Last update December 13, 2021

Create an image of USB drive instead ofcopy the files only

USB drive is a kind of storage device. It is tiny and portable so that most of users use USB drive to store their data, like personal files, documents, photos, and so on. In case of data losing, you may want to duplicate the data on your USB drive, and for this, simply copy the files from USB drive to your computer would satisfy you. However, if your USB drive is bootable, or it has more than one partitions on the USB drive, copy files only would not help a lot, and the best way is creating an image of your USB drive.

Create an image of your USB drive has a great meaningful to you. Image USB flash drive will make an exactly copy of your USB drive, which including the master boot record. Thus, you can use the image file to restore data on your USB drive.

How to create an image of USB drive?

To create an image of USB drive is to make an exactly copy of your USB drive. Before that, you need prepare something for it.

1. Prepare a new USB drive to store the image (the proceed will delete it, so you’d better backup USB drive first if there is important data on it). It should be large enough to store data on the USB drive you want to copy. If you are going to make an exactly copy of your USB, the target USB drive should be as large as the source drive at least.

2. Find a USB backup software, like AOMEI Backupper, so that you can create an image of USB drive easily and simply. Here will show you the specific steps for how to create an image of USB drive with AOMEI Backupper.

Step1.Plug in the USB drives to you computer, install and launch AOMEI Backupper on your computer. To create image of USB drive, here you need click Clone->Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

Step2.Then, select the USB drive which you want to create image of as the source disk.

Source Disk

Step3.Here, select the new USB drive as the destination disk. You can also create an image of USB drive to another place like local hard drive, or other external hard drives if you like.

Destination Disk

Note: it will pop out a window to tell you that the existing partitions on the destination disk will be overwritten or delete. So if there are some important data on the destination disk, backup then first.

Step4.Last, confirm the information, if there is no problem, click Start Clone, and it will execute immediately.

Start Clone


If you would like to make an exactly same copy, tick the box in front of “Sector by sector clone”.


With the help of AOMEI Backupper, create image of USB drive in Windows 7/8/10 becomes a simple case. Besides, you can use it to backup USB drive, create a bootable USB drive, etc. It should be the best USB image tool.