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Solved System Image Backup to Flash Drive in Window 7

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by goedel, Oct 13, 2018.

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  1. goedel

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    1. Instead of backing up my system to an external harddrive, I want to back it up to a 128GB flash drive. I have formatted the flash drive to NTFS standards. When I run Windows Backup, the program gives only two choices: backup to harddrive or backup to DVD. How can I trick the system to allow me to backup to my flash drive?

    2. If there is no simple workaround for using Windows Backup as in 1. above, is there a free program (not a free trial!) that will let me backup my C:\ drive to my flash drive?

    3. Could I fool the system by copying my last backup files from my external harddrive to my flash drive and then running a new system backup to my flash drive? Is it worth a try, or is it a certain to fail?

    Thanks!
     
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    I do not think that 128GB flash drive is large to do a system backup using the Windows Backup program.

    How large is you hard drive?
     
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    DaveA: The 128GB flash drive would seem to be more than enough in terms of space, because my system images when I use an external hard drive are much smaller than 90GB.

    With that information, could you now tell me how to do the job?
     
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    Additionally, I notice that there is software sold on the internet that will allow a system image backup to my SanDisk 3.0 Ultra 128GB flash drive. Thus, it would seem to be possible. It requires a read/write program to read the C:\ drive and write to the flash drive. If the program were itself on the C:\ drive, that would not be possible, I don't think. Thus, it must be a program that can be run from the boot area after a restart, just as the restore program does - the one on Windows 7.
    If I must buy a program for this purpose, I shall return my SanDisk drive for refund. SanDisk ought to supply such a program because a high capacity flash drive is a good place for system backups rather than an expensive external hard drive.
     
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    You can use Macrium and many other Imaging programs from within Windows but I prefer to boot to the recovery media and make the image from there. Macrium free version has an option to make a DVD or Usb stick very easily, you boot from that to restore an Image and you can also make one that way too.

    A Usb stick is not a good place to store an Image or backup, they are not very reliable. External Usb hard drives are better in that regard and are cheaper per GB.
     
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    I have downloaded Macrium free version, created a boot DVD from it, and set up my backing up schedule; all rather straightforwardly done. I set the schedule for 12 noon today for the full backup and created both the monthly and the weekly (differential) backup routine. The full backup executed as scheduled. I thank you much for referring me to Macrium. I had used Macrium before, but with my old Windows XP, and I forgot about it. Shame on me!
    I am very curious to learn of reliability comparisons between flash drives and hard drives. Can you refer me to any you trust? I could do a google search, but you seem acquainted with the subject; so I thought I would ask you first.
    Thank you again!
     
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    I have read the link you kindly provided and was not surprised by any of the disadvantages related. I am using a SanDisk 3.0 128GB Ultra flash drive. I bought SanDisk in the past and have found the products reliable. My system image backup is less than 90 GB, including the Recovery partition. I am surprised to learn of the amount of space some systems images require, but I admit to using my computer mostly for communications: email, internet national and international news and commentary, my taxes and financial chores. My 500 GB hard drive is mostly unused, I have never had to defrag it; similarly my 500 GB external hard drive is even less utilized. I'll take my chances with the flash drive; much easier than connecting my external hard drive with its Molin cable power source and inconvenient data cables! Thanks to you and all who have offered their help on TSG! I shall mark "Solved".
     
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    Ok but I would make at least one more backup of any files you don't want to lose on a different storage device. As the old saying goes 'it's better to be safe than sorry' ! Up to you of course.
     
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