There are plenty of disk imaging utilities out there for internal hard disks such as Norton Ghost and DriveImage XML. But there are relatively few that cater specifically for the needs and requirements of USB devices.
With USB drives constantly increasing in capacity and now capable of holding up to 1 Terabyte of data, it’s very wise to create images of them in case of hard disk failure. USB Image Tool is a smart free application that’s capable of generating images of your USB devices so you can restore the disk image anytime you need to.
The program automatically detects USB devices connected to your computer and scans them before asking you whether you’d like to create an image backup or restore a previously backed-up image. USB Image Tool can create images of any USB device whether it be memory sticks or MP3 players (which is useful for saving long playlists).
If you’ve got a lot of data stored on USB drives, USB Image Tool offers an easy to use and space-efficient way of protecting your information. Note that the tool requires the .NET Framework 2.0 installed in either XP or Vista. Also, the usbit32.dll included in the archive must be placed in the same directory as the EXE file for the program to work.