USB Image Tool 1.70

I have found the bug, that caused the troubles with version 1.67 and Windows XP. Version 1.70 now requires .NET 4.0 again, but also supports Windows XP. I also fixed the option for scrolled output in the command line tool.


71 Responses to “USB Image Tool 1.70”

  1. Linus Flüeler Says:

    Thank you!

  2. gerhard schabhütl Says:

    hallo ich bin neu und kann leider nur deutsch.

  3. Alex Says:

    @gerhard: Ok, aber wo ist das Problem? Die Seite und die Software sind auf Englisch, aber so kompliziert ist das Programm jetzt auch nicht zu bedienen.

  4. Erich Says:

    Hallo Alex,
    schönes Tool – nur – ich bekomme nicht alle Devices angezeigt? Was mache ich falsch? z. B.: USB-Drucker wird nicht angezeigt? Über eine kurze Hilfe würde ich mich freuen – danke und Grüße

  5. Alex Says:

    @Erich: Images können nur von USB-Massenspeichern (Sticks, Speicherkarten, Festplatten) erstellt werden. Drucker gehören dieser Geräteklasse im Normalfall nicht an.

  6. antonio Says:

    Hallo Alex,
    I’m a xp user, and telling the truth I never had the need of installing .net 4, so far. Everything always worked fast and smootly.
    My question is: do I miss something if I continue to use your 1.69 version ? Apart the fix about ‘scrolled output in the command line tool’, I mean?
    Thanks in advance and for your great piece of sw.

  7. Alex Says:

    @antonio: I will keep version 1.69 online, but you can install .NET 4.0 on Windows XP as well. Currently Windows XP is still supported, but that might change with future versions. 1.70 itself is not a major update.

  8. checky Says:

    Thank you.. for your software tool

  9. Ace Says:

    i love this tool

  10. Wolf Says:


  11. Nir Says:

    I’ve used USB image tool for some years.
    Thank you very much for your effects on it.

  12. gio Says:


  13. RU Says:

    nice tool
    thank u!!

  14. lol Says:

    how do you download it?

  15. Alex Says:

    @lol: On the right side, in the menu, just click the download link…

  16. Wo Kra Says:

    Thank for supporting

  17. Gerd Says:

    Hallo Alex,
    Dein Programm ist ja Super zum speichern des Image. Leider funktioniert bei mir das Restore nicht.
    Nach ca 5-10 % kommt immer die Meldung “Gerät nicht bereit, Code 21”.
    BS ist W7 32Bit

    Grüße Gerd

  18. Alex Says:

    @Gerd: Passiert dies mit nur bei einem Usb-Stick? Ich vermute eher, dass es sich um einen Hardware-Fehler handelt.

  19. Randy Says:

    Hi Alex I am trying to restore an openelec install.img file but it kept saying
    could not convert internal zip file name to MBCS (Code 5) Access is denied. What Am I doing wrong?

  20. Alex Says:

    @Randy: Code 5 usually appears, when device vor file can’t be locked exclusivly, but the error message itself indicates something else. If it is a compressed image, please try to extract it manually and then restore the raw image. If this doesn’t work, I habe to take a look at the source code. I’m currently in Christmas vacation.

  21. Ace Says:


    Feature Request:
    handle compressed images, .img.gz and .img.xz.

  22. Alex Says:

    @Ace: .img.gz is already supported, .xz possibly in the future.

  23. Ace Says:

    Thanks, I didnt know that img.gz was supported, thats awesome!
    I will wait for img.xz, this is very common as well.

  24. Salm Says:

    Thanks 😀

  25. Roger Says:

    Das Tool ist superb!
    Es erkennt leider keine Kingston Workspace (Win 8 toGo) USB-Sticks, wahrscheinlich weil da ein SSD-Controller drinsteckt, oder?

  26. Roger Says:

    Oh sorry, do you like to have comments in english language?
    Tool is superb
    But: It does not recognize Kingston Workspace USB Sticks (Win 8 To Go), i assume this is because it contains a SSD controller and appears as a USB harddrive? (Acronis True Image can not Backup the stick too!)

  27. Alex Says:

    @Roger: Please activate the HDD option on the options tab.

  28. Nick Says:

    Hallo Alex,
    I used your software, I find it great but I can not do “restore”.
    I made “Backup” from a Pendrive with about 4 gigabytes of data. Every time message back is” The image file is too large for the selected USB devide!”
    Where I’m wrong?

  29. Alex Says:

    @Nick: Is it the same device. 4Gb on one device aren’t exact the same size as 4 Gb on another.

  30. Roger Says:

    Thank you, it works! With HDD Option activated Kongston Workspace USB Sticks can be imaged!

  31. Imesh Says:

    Very Helpful tool Thanks…!!!

  32. Nick Says:

    Hi Alex, answering to you message of january 11th, 2015 at 8.10 pm. Yes it I used the same device. The image backup I had from this device with your software in 14,9 Gb.
    Restoring this image I have always the same message I just wrote you: “The image file is too large for the selected USB devide!”
    Give me a help please. Thanks

  33. Alex Says:

    @Nick: What are the exact file size and image size in bytes? Habe you activated device mode for restore?

  34. Nick Says:

    Hi Alex,
    sorry I made a mistake changing pendrive. Now everything is OK

  35. JMarc Says:


    I report a trouble : I had made a backup from a 32 Go sd card.
    When I restore this backup on a 64 Go sd card, it is ok but te size of the SD card become 32 Go ???

    I resize the sd card whit EasUS Partition Manager to 64 Go and format on FAT 32 whit guiformat software.

    I restore again and the size become always 32 Go.

    An idea ?

    Lot of thanks

  36. Alex Says:

    @Jmarc: Please read the FAQ.

  37. JMarc Says:

    Hi Alex

    #Q: I restored a smaller image file to a larger flash drive. Now it shows the smaller size. What can I do?

    A: You have to extend the restored partition. You can do this with various partition tools. A freeware program is the Home Edition of Partition Wizard #

    Is it the good way to do ?

    lot of Tanks

  38. Alex Says:

    @Jmarc: Yes.

  39. Peter Lüftner Says:

    Thank you very much useful software 🙂

  40. Christian Immler Says:

    Hi Alex,
    ich finde leider auf die Schnelle auf Deiner Seite keine andere Kontaktmöglichkeit.
    Wir planen für den Franzis Verlag ein weiteres Raspberry Pi Maker Kit (Aktuelle Version siehe: Erstmals wird eine DVD mit Software beiliegen. Hier würde ich gerne das USB Image Tool mit drauf packen, um die Raspbian-Images zu übertragen. Bisher war immer nur ein Downloadlink auf im Handbuch abgedruckt.
    Ich gehe davon aus, nach dem Lizenztext ist das möglich, aber ich finde es freundlicher, vorher dem Entwickler Bescheid zu geben.

    Viele Grüße

  41. Alex Says:

    @Christian: Eine Beigabe auf einer Buch-DVD ist von der Lizenz abgedeckt. Danke trotzdem für die Info.

  42. Ugo Says:

    Is there a way, using USB Image Tool, to duplicate an USB bootable key (that is: with a MBR) and some files into another USB key that has a smaller dimension ? NOTE: of course, the REAL data dimension of the first USB key is lower than the size of the second USB key (that has a smaller total dimension).
    As example: copy a USB bootable key (64 Gb) that has a total occuped space of 11 Gb into another USB key whose total capacity is 16 Gbytes ? Thanks a lot for your reply !! 😉

  43. Alex Says:

    @Ugo: Best way would be to reduce the partition before creating the master image and then expand it later to the flash drives real size. Please see the FAQ for futher info:

  44. Dan Says:

    Is there any way to make an image self extracting? WinImage has this feature, but is limited to the size that will work. The image has to load in memory, some of my images are up to needing 16 gb flash drives, they simply don’t load into memory. Your tool is better that WinImage, and I have completely changed over.

  45. Alex Says:

    @Dan: There is no built-in SFX feature, but I have built custom versions of USB Image Tool, that only allow restore and used 7-zip SFX Maker to build a sfx.

  46. Bob Onysko Says:

    I can’t figure out where and how to download USB Image Tool 1.70 (or any other version for that matter). Please help me. Thank you.

  47. Alex Says:

    @Bob: On the right side, Pages, USB-Image Tool, sub-menu Download

  48. Frank Says:

    I have got trouble with a 2 Gb compact flash card – it seems that the file system is corrupt. The backup to a 16 GB USB stick with your tool worked very fine, but I can’t do a restore of the *img-file. I allways get the message >> Could not convert internal zip file name to MBCS (Code:5)! Zugriff verweigert” <<
    What's going wrong?

  49. Alex Says:

    @Frank: The error message is not correct in this case. Code 5 indicates, that the file can’t be opened, because it’s locked. Try copying the image file and retry with the duplicate.

  50. Frank Says:

    It was a user mistake ….
    Thanks for your feedback.

  51. Marc Says:

    Excellent tool !! Simple and powerful !

  52. Sten Herbst Says:

    Is there any planned support for bzip2 compression format?

  53. Alex Says:

    @Sten: Currently not. Need to check, how much effort it is to implement and if it’s covered by the license.

  54. Mauricio Says:

    This tool is perfect to clone USBs with any images in it, it copies all partitions exactly as they are!

  55. Jeromex Says:

    It is fun because I am on XP and I got .NET Framework 4 on February the 4th with Kaspersky Antivirus 2014 free trial and so I downloaded USB Image Tool 1.7 on February the 17th lol, never had the need of -4 ou -3 -3.5 versions
    So you saved my life because your application allowed me to burn GPartedLive iso as bootable USB Drive (Debian) and to run it with no shutdown, otherwise with Zip file and makeboot.bat it either not booted or not ran. Was it expected to be used like that or is it extraordinary ?
    I make further tests with other bootable environments
    Thanks !

    (Jeromex) – Philippe (France)

  56. Jeromex Says:

    In fact it brings to that ???? but it works :))

  57. Gary Furash Says:

    I just downloaded the latest version, but on unzip the USB.exe requires admin rights. I tried fiddling w/ windows permission but now luck.

  58. Alex Says:

    @Gary: Yes, USB Image Tool requires admin rights, because accessing the device low-level requires this permissions.

  59. chang Says:

    Thank You

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  61. Demesmaeker Says:

    Thank you!

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  63. usama Says:

    Thanks, I didnt know that img.gz was supported, thats awesome!
    I will wait for img.xz, this is very common as well.

  64. user xx Says:

    thank you

  65. Hans L. Says:

    Thanks Alex,
    this fine utility keeps my miniSD for the Raspbeery Pi save.

  66. Johann E Says:

    Hallo Alex,
    eine frage am Rand, ich bin mit dem USB Tool sehr zufrieden. Nach dem Windows 10 Upgrade können keine CFast Karten mehr im Device Handler mehr ausgewählt werden. Muss etwas bestimmtes einstellen, ausser “show non-removable devices”? Alle anderen Formate wie (micro)SD, CF, USB und Festplatten funktionieren.
    Oder wird es noch eine neue Version von deinem Programm geben?

  67. Alex Says:

    @Johann E: Werden die CFast-Karten trotz Aktivierung der HDD-Option nicht mehr angezeigt? Wie werden die Karten eingelesen (CardReader?). Ist dieser über USB angeschlossen?

  68. Johann E Says:

    Ja selbst wenn die Option (show non-removable devices, USB hard disk drives) eingeschaltet ist kann, nichts ausgewählt werden. Der Reader ist ein CFast reader über USB 3.0 von Delock. An USB 3.0 kann es jedenfalls nicht liegen, weil der Cardreader für die ältere CF Variante funktioniert.

  69. Alex Says:

    @Johann E: Welche CFast Version funktioniert denn nicht mehr (2.0?)? Ist dies nur unter Windows 10 so, oder machen die neuen Karten auch unter anderen Windows-Versionen Probleme? Ich würde dies eigentlich testen wollen, aber die CFast Karten sind nicht ganz billig. Ich würde dass aus den Paypal-Donations bezahlen, müsste aber wissen, ob dazu auch schon der CardReader für 37 EUR und eine CFast 2.0 Karte für ca. 60-70 EUR ausreicht.

  70. Johann E Says:

    Die Karte die ich benutze ist in der Version Cfast 2.0 von Apacer 8GB, Mit Windows 7 funktionierte es. Es sollte der Cardreader und eine CFast Karte in Version 2.0 ausreichen. Wäre es möglich per Telefon oder Email Kontakt zu haben, würde das ganze einfacher machen? Werde eine Paypal Donation machen.

  71. Jorge Visentini Says:

    Eu, eu nome da comunidade brasileira, agradeço pela sua ferramenta.

    Muito obrigado!

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