USB Image Tool

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Make an exact backup image of your USB Stick.


Features


  • create image files of USB flash drives
  • restore images of USB flash drives
  • compressed image file format
  • show USB device information
  • manage favorite USB images
  • command line utility

Supported devices


USB Image Tool works with any device, that implements the USB Mass Storage protocol. This includes flash drives, card readers and a lot of other devices, like digicams, cell phones and mobile music players.

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I am not sure what the need is. Seems to be a standard feature of imaging programs, I have used aomei and diskgenius for backing up usb sticks..they likely do sd cards as well.
 

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I am not sure what the need is. Seems to be a standard feature of imaging programs, I have used aomei and diskgenius for backing up usb sticks..they likely do sd cards as well.
Actually, this is a new feature for Macrium Reflect.

I used to use win32diskimager for SD card before.

With usb drives, I just did a normal copy with file explorer unless a bootable usb drive.
 

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Thanks @FreeBooter , life saver! I have been after a small program to do unscheduled backups of my portable devices.
A little tip I've found after years of using USB Image Tool.

The image it creates is a full copy of every sector from the USB, whether it's in use or not, and there is no compression used in the image. This means that the image file will be the same size as the USB's capacity.

Before I use it to make an image of a USB that has a significant amount of free space I wipe the USB's unused space and set it to all zeros to make it readily compressible. I use CCleaner for this, but there are many other tools that can wipe free space, just make sure you only do a single pass on unused space only. Then I point USB Image Tool to store the image in a folder that has been set to use NTFS compression. For a USB with very little on it, such as this 4GB USB for a bootable Minitools Partition Wizard, the space saved can be dramatic. A 3.72GB file that just uses 142MB to store it on the destination drive.

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A little tip I've found after years of using USB Image Tool.
Thanks for the tip! I was aware it makes full image. Still helps, as one or two of my sticks are quite full at the moment. However I still appreciate your idea - if cannot use compression during backup, then instead use NTFS folder compression - full marks for ingenuity :cool:
 

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Bree,

I've not been backing up flash drives and had lost the contents on one last year.
The image somehow is better than saving to a SSD drive? (file vs image?)
Please display the menu that you use for Ccleaner on the USB flash drive for wipe.
What did you select or not select to make sure that the important files are not impacted?
Had you performed the steps when using ventoy?
 

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I've not been backing up flash drives and had lost the contents on one last year.
The image somehow is better than saving to a SSD drive? (file vs image?)
The Partition Wizard USB in my example is a bootable syslinux USB. A simple file copy cannot re-make bootable USBs that use a non-MS OS, USB Image Tool can.
Please display the menu that you use for Ccleaner on the USB flash drive for wipe.
What did you select or not select to make sure that the important files are not impacted?
It's a slow process to wipe a lot of free space, but this is what I use.....

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Had you performed the steps when using ventoy?
Not tried, but I see no reason why it shouldn't work.
 

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System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB HDD
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    i5 M 520
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

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Make an exact backup image of your USB Stick.

In the past I had used the USB Image Tool for sometime until I found ImageUSB by Passmark Software.


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