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Windows 7: System image to usb flash drive


26 Aug 2013   #1
tnm

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
System image to usb flash drive

Hi,

Searched on the forum, but cannot find an answer I'm happy with.

Q: Can I save a system image to an external usb flash drive?

Q: If I can save an image to a flash drive can I use windows built in programme?

Q: Can I also save my files alongside the image if I can save such image to an external usb flash drive?

Todd


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26 Aug 2013   #2
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Tnm, first in most cases you have to have a large usb flash drive. It also has to be formatted ntfs

how big is your usb drive?

Rich
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26 Aug 2013   #3
tnm

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richnrockville View Post
Tnm, first in most cases you have to have a large usb flash drive. It also has to be formatted ntfs

how big is your usb drive?

Rich
I haven't bought one. I was thinking of getting a 64gb flash.
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26 Aug 2013   #4
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

I did a Macrium image to a 32gb USB flash drive several months ago & it worked. Of course it was a fairly fresh win7 install, so the regular HD was not filled up yet. So depending how much space is being used on your current HD would determine the size of the image that would be made & how much space it will need.

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27 Aug 2013   #5
tnm

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks.

Is it not advised to use windows own programme to back up?

My only concern with a flash is the size of it. Might end up losing it.

A 64gb flash is around 50. Wondering if getting an external HDD is any better?
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27 Aug 2013   #6
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

I have been leaning towards the Ext HD Docks. Easy to swap out differet HD's.


Show us your Dock
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27 Aug 2013   #7
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

More advantages of using internal drives include:

1. Internal HDDs take up less room to store.

2. Internal HDDs are usually better quality than the ones in external HDD enclosures.

3. You need only the dock and, in the case of 3.5" docks, only one PSU instead of having an enclosure and PSU for each external HDD.

I love the internal docks in my desktop machine; no cables to keep track of and no worrying about finding a place to put an external dock or knocking one over while a HDD is in it.
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27 Aug 2013   #8
tnm

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi,

I should have been clearer from the outset:

I have a laptop, and look to purchase a back up device for a system image and files.

Portable external HDD or usb flash? I need you experts to make this an easy purchase for me
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27 Aug 2013   #9
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tnm View Post
Hi,

I should have been clearer from the outset:

I have a laptop, and look to purchase a back up device for a system image and files.

Portable external HDD or usb flash? I need you experts to make this an easy purchase for me
Oopsie! Sorry about that!

Get a USB powered external HDD (those have a 2.5" HDD in them). You will die of old age doing images to a USB flash stick. I was going to do a test to see if a USB stick would work to receive an image and restore it to the computer but aborted the image when Macrium Reflect said it was going to take over an hour and a half to make an image that normally takes around 20-30 minutes using a USB external HDD (actually an internal type HDD in a USB dock but it's all the same to the computer). Also, you can get more capacity with an external HDD.

To answer an earlier question, we see a lot of reports here from people having trouble getting Win 7's imaging function to work reliably. Most here, including me, recommend the free version of Macrium Reflect instead.

re: our being experts. Keep in mind "ex" is a has been and "spurt" is a drip under pressure.
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27 Aug 2013   #10
tnm

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tnm View Post
Hi,

I should have been clearer from the outset:

I have a laptop, and look to purchase a back up device for a system image and files.

Portable external HDD or usb flash? I need you experts to make this an easy purchase for me
Oopsie! Sorry about that!

Get a USB powered external HDD (those have a 2.5" HDD in them). You will die of old age doing images to a USB flash stick. I was going to do a test to see if a USB stick would work to receive an image and restore it to the computer but aborted the image when Macrium Reflect said it was going to take over an hour and a half to make an image that normally takes around 20-30 minutes using a USB external HDD (actually an internal type HDD in a USB dock but it's all the same to the computer). Also, you can get more capacity with an external HDD.

To answer an earlier question, we see a lot of reports here from people having trouble getting Win 7's imaging function to work reliably. Most here, including me, recommend the free version of Macrium Reflect instead.

re: our being experts. Keep in mind "ex" is a has been and "spurt" is a drip under pressure.
Thanks!

Can you recommend any under 100?
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