USB Image Tool 1.59

This version fixes the error message in device mode, when restoring an image that is not a multiple of 512 Bytes. These images can now be written in device mode as well. The problem came up with the new Debian Image for the Raspberry Pi. Thanks to user zoltan for reporting that issue.


Update: Seems like I forgot to upload the new file. This should be fixed now.


36 Responses to “USB Image Tool 1.59”

  1. Clever Mind Says:

    I don’t believe the download link has been updated. MD5 is the same as V1.58 and the file ” USB Image Tool.exe ” shows details as

  2. Alex Says:

    @Clever: Yes, I messed up with the file names. Should be fixed now.

  3. Robert Miller Says:

    I am giving this software a test run.

  4. Alex Says:

    One of the best tools for complete backup of flash drives! Use this program if you need to quickly save all files and settings on your drive. Works every time for me, big thanks to the developer! Fantastic program!

  5. Johan Says:

    Great tool!
    I have two questions.

    1. Is the source code or an API available so this functionality could be implemented into an existing application?

    2. As far as I can see it is completely free. Would it be possible to use it also as an installer for image files that will be sold and distributed? I can’t see any license page. If it is free to use also in commercial products this would extremely good.

    3. If no source code or API is available. Could you please point me into the right direction where information how to do this (I assume you use c++?) could be done.


  6. Alex Says:


    1. Source code is not available. You could use the Helper assembly (.net), when you give credits.
    2. The License is included in the download package.
    3. It’s some registry parsing, DeviceIOControl, CreateFile, … .

  7. Weinmann Christian Says:

    have the following problem, did with the USB Image Tool is a Backüp. This backup was then ran through nothing more to see on the USB. It is to see While still in Properties derbelgte Blank and memory. Can YOU help me. Or is there a tool where I can get out to save the backup individual files. Thanks in advance.

  8. Alex Says:

    Vielleicht sollten wir das auf Deutsch besprechen. Ich habe das Problem nicht so ganz verstanden.

  9. Andre Ribeiro Says:

    Very nice work ! Are you planning on doing some ISO support ?

  10. Alex Says:

    @Andre: No, iso support is not planned, as ISO is a format for optical drives. However you can write hybrid ISO images (some Linux distros).

  11. mlon Says:

    hi alex,

    does this tool work with an usb stick that is formatted in ufs
    (unix file system) ?!..
    i installed a bootable version of freenas on this usb stick which runs my freenas comp.

    i’d like to have a backup usb stick just to be sure.


  12. Alex Says:

    @mlon: Yes, in device mode it does.

  13. Andrea Sherry Says:

    I have no sight and I am using a talking barcode reader. I want to backup the data.

  14. Alex Says:

    @Andrea Sherry: Does the barcode reader appear with a hard drive on your computers workspace? You can only backup that data. There still might be system data on that barcode reader, that can’t be accessed.

  15. eddy Says:

    hi Ales … didnt the usb image tools direct from CD/DVD to the flash dive ?

  16. Alex Says:

    @eddi: FAQ

    Q: Can I write ISO files to a flash drive?

    A: ISO files (images from CD/DVD) use a different file system (f.e. ISO9660, UDF) than image files for flash drives (f.e. FAT, FAT32)and usually can’t be used for flash drives. You can write them on a flash drive, but it won’t have the results, you probably expect. USB Image Tool doesn’t do any file system conversion, so most likely you won’t see the content of the ISO, when you write it on a flash drive.
    There exist special ISO files with a hybrid bootloader (usually Linux LiveCDs), that can be used on a flash drive and a CD/DVD, but unless stated otherwise, ISO files won’t work on a flash drive.

  17. REPOER Says:

    keep saying: “could not access the usb device code 32”

  18. Alex Says:

    @REPOER: Then the device is used and can’t be locked exclusivly by USB Image Tool. Usually you hav an explorer window open.

  19. Shishir Says:

    Awesome tool! Have been using it for a while now without any problems. Simply Superb 🙂

  20. Barry Says:

    The writing of images does not work (it generates an error – device is in use) when Microsoft Security Essentials is present and real time protection is activated. I disabled real protection and it worked fine.

  21. Alex Says:

    @Barry: I guess MSSE scans the drive automatically, when you plug in the flash drive. However, USB Image Tool needs exclusive access to the device to perform write operations.

  22. hiswillc Says:

    Both the 157 and 159 will not open up on my amd w7ult64bit raid 6core system????

  23. Alex Says:

    @hiswillc: Do you get any error message? It runs fine on both 32/64 bit Windows Systems, starting with XP, I tested it on.

  24. Steve Furniss Says:

    I’m using V1.59 and have been using this ttol for writin imaes to my SD card for Rapberry Pi. I now have a problem where I am backin up an 8B SD card which it does fine, however when I want to restore the image to the same card, I get

    “The image file is too large for the selected USB device!”

    How can this be and how do I get it to work?

    I’m running Windows 7 x64



  25. Alex Says:

    @Steve: What’s the exact file size of the image and the device and volume size in bytes? Did you make the backup in device mode, but trying to restore it in volume mode?

  26. Steve Furniss Says:

    Hi Alex… its not a problem with the tool… it’s my mistake… and the other

    I bought two identical (or so I thought) 8GB SD cards, sam manufacturer, same size, bought from the same shop on the same day…. it would appear that all cards are not manufactured equal!

    One has a byte size of 8072986624 and the other 8078229504. It it the larger SD card that I am using as my DEV card.

    If I use the “Truncate” option will that allow me to create an image that can be restored to the smaller card?

  27. Alex Says:

    @Steve Furniss: Truncate will make it fit on the sd card, but might corrupt the file system and data. See FAQ for more info.

  28. henk Says:

    cant download the file??

  29. Alex Says:

    @File is there, don#t know why it doesn’t work for you.

  30. Etienne Says:

    What does this tool do exactly from a technical aspect? What would be an equivalent tool for mac? Thanks.

  31. Alex Says:

    @Etienne: It makes an 1:1 copy of the flash memory (in device mode), similar to what dd (command line tool) does for Linux. dd should be also available for Mac, but I don’t know for sure.

  32. fermier Says:

    What is the difference between DEVICE mode and VOLUME mode? Is there an advantage to using one over the other?

  33. fermier Says:

    Device Mode/Image Mode…what is the difference?

    I have been using Device Mode simply because D comes before M in the alphabet, but in the absence of any instructions don’t know which is for what?

  34. Alex Says:

    @fermier: Please take a look at the FAQ. It’s explained there.

  35. sunny Says:

    i have a problem with it this not show option of device mode so plz help . now what can i do

  36. Alex Says:

    @sunny: Please read the FAQ. The device mode requires admin rights.

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