How to Create Backup Image of Bootable USB Drives?

Most of us prefer creating bootable USB drives to install Windows or other OS. Use of a USB drive to install an OS saves time and you don't need to waste your CD/DVD. There are many freeware available to create bootable USB drives which are mentioned in following topic:

Collection of Freeware to Create Bootable USB Drive to Install Windows and Linux

Although creation of bootable USB drive is an easy process but it requires some time. Sometimes you need to select files and other settings to create a bootable USB drive. Wouldn't it be great if you could create a backup image of your bootable USB drive and whenever you need it again, just restore the backup image again?

Also imagine another scenario. Recently Microsoft released Windows 8 RTM to public and you can purchase and download your copy using Upgrade Assistant. This tool downloads the setup files and then allows you to create a bootable USB drive to install Windows 8 in your system. Suppose you created the USB drive but you don't want to install Windows 8 immediately. After some time you need the USB drive for some other purpose. Now you can't format the drive because it'll delete Windows 8 setup files. So your USB drive will be useless for you until you install Windows 8 using it. And what if you format the drive after installing Windows 8 and in future you need to install Windows 8 again? How will you install it? Creating a backup image of Windows 8 bootable USB drive will save you again.

That's why today in this topic, we are going to share a free software which allows you to create a backup image of USB drives.

"USB Image Tool" is a freeware for Windows which can create images of your USB flash drivesĀ as well as MP3 players and also allows you to restore them later.

Features List:

  • Creates backup image files of USB flash drives
  • Restores backup images to USB flash drives
  • Supports compressed image file format
  • Shows USB device information
  • Manages favorite USB images
  • Also provides command line utility

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This free tool can be used to create backup images of almost all types of USB devices such as flash drives, card readers, digicams, cell phones and mobile music players.

Its a portable tool so you don't need to install it. Just download and run the program. Using the program is very easy. You can create the backup or restore the backup in a few clicks.

It can be used in Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Both 32-bit and 64-bit editions are supported.

You can download it using following link:

Download USB Image Tool





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Comments

  • I've prefered to let the download tool to create an ISO. Then i can do what i want with it. burn a DVD, make a bootable USB...

  • Awesome utility. Thanks VG. :)

  • @Bill
    You don't know what you're talking about... this in not about creating ANY "iso" image. Don't fool yourself 'cos this kind of "iso" CAN'T be opened like a regular "iso" file!
    Using "USB Image Tool" - and "USB Image Tool only - you can create an "iso" that is actually a sort of USB back-up and, can only be opened - and I bet that the author doesn't know know that - with an application called "OSFMount". Not only that but once opened you can add files within that "iso" image within initial capacity of the original usb drive!
    USB Image Tool is VERY useful simply because it makes your USB drive very versatile since you can have multiple "iso" image with multiple kits: Windows 7 Installation, any Linux distro, recovery image, etc, by saving each of them and then switching among them.

  • Hi, Sir. I'm so sorry to trouble you but if you don't mind I'd like to ask for help. This has nothing to do with my comment on your topic. I just believe that you are the one who can help to solve my problem. Well, let me get the point, You know, I have a USB Flash Disk and it was write protected. I've used so many tools to open it but all of them are useless. Could you tell me the way how to solve the problem manually? Or could you suggest me another tool which can solve my problem? Well Sir, many thanks for your help. Good Bless You.

  • Hi, Sir. I'm so sorry to trouble you but if you don't mind I'd like to ask for help. This has nothing to do with my comment on your topic. I just believe that you are the one who can help to solve my problem. Well, let me get the point, You know, I have a USB Flash Disk and it was write protected. I've used so many ways and tools to open it but all of them are useless. I was so frustrated...... Could you tell me the way how to solve the problem manually? Or could you suggest me another tool which can solve my problem? Well Sir, please send the answer to my email. Thanks for your help. Good Bless You.

  • VG

    ^^ Generally formatting the USB removes the write protection but nothing is working for you, make sure there is no write protection switch present at the body of your USB drive. Most USB drives come with a switch to enable/disable write protection.

  • I've downloaded the software. I think it will be work :)

  • Thanks a lot, I worked perfectly! I'm glad you created to option to ignore a smaller flash drive size (although both my flash drives are 8GB, the "copied to" one was a bit smaller, so I checked that option and was able to restore the image). Sweet! :)

  • The application don't create ISO image...only *.img, *ima and non-bootable! Only a copy of the USB files! The app don't work > use ImbBurn (create file ISO from file/folder)

  • Hello,

    I have a bootable USB stick 64GB, but only 12GB occupied space. If I backup the image it is possible to restore it to an USB stick with 16 GB capacity?

  • Thank u very much. But the image files are as big as the flash drives no matter how much data they contain. Is there any app that will create image files sizing according to the size of the contents in the flash drive?

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