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Windows 7: System Image on a USB flash drive

23 Jan 2016   #1
Qaseer

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
System Image on a USB flash drive

Hi guys,

I just bought a laptop that has no DVD drive, and I'm trying to create a system image of my HDD on a USB flash drive.

I've managed to create the System Image on the USB stick, by sharing the USB stick as a network drive, and then selected the network drive as the backup location -- it's 128 gb, and formatted as NTFS.

My question is, do you think that trying to restore the system image from the USB stick, if I wasn't able to boot into windows 7, would work?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

Many thanks,
Mohammad.


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23 Jan 2016   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Macrium can do that and the flash doesn't have to be really mounted as you did,
Just as a removable device
You would also need a smaller flash drive to boot to for the recovery WinPE media too 1gb is fine
Imaging with free Macrium

An image that is always connected is an image that is just as corruptible as the os it's self
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23 Jan 2016   #3
Qaseer

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thank you very much, ThrashZone for your timely response!

I totally agree with you, I've always thought an image that is always connected is an image that is just as corruptible as the os it's self!

As for the booting stick, I got that covered already. but I guess I'm just wondering if the System Image Recovery would recognize my USB stick as the network drive for my system image -- which is how I saved my system image onto the USB flash drive.
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23 Jan 2016   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

With free Macrium there is no need to make that network detour. You can store the image directly on the stick.
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24 Jan 2016   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
As long as the winpe recovery flash drive was created by Macrium it will work
If created by windows.... probably won't.
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25 Jan 2016   #6
Qaseer

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thank you very much, ThrashZone and whs!
I'll give this Macrium a try!
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25 Jan 2016   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi
You'll most likely never use anything else
I'm thinking of getting the 4 license bundle for about 140.us I believe there is a little coupon for 10% off

Each machine needs it's own WinPE recovery media.
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