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Windows 7: USB Bootable factory restore

11 Jan 2014   #1
ericnumnutz

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
USB Bootable factory restore

HI,

been doing system imaging (ghosting) using bootable floopies / CD's with the image stored on an external forever. I am looking for a way to create a system image on a USB drive, be able to plug the drive in and restore a crashed system from it with out needing an additional CB boot program. Looking for an all in one on a USB drive. will consider free or paid applications that can do this. Please let me know if anyone knows of a product that can do this, thanks

Eric


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11 Jan 2014   #2
Kaktussoft

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

You can put the CD ISO or floppy image (for recovery) on the external disk. You can use YUMI boot manager to make the ISO bootable. YUMI ? Multiboot USB Creator | USB Pen Drive Linux

What's your favorite backup software you want to use?
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11 Jan 2014   #3
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I would look for an imaging program that creates a rescue USB using NTFS. I have a WinPE rescue USB stick with plenty of room on it for one system image(it is a 32 GB stick) but for the FAT32 4 GB file size limit. It may be possible to split the image into sections. I've asked on the Windows 8 forum since my machine is W8.
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11 Jan 2014   #4
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
I would look for an imaging program that creates a rescue USB using NTFS. I have a WinPE rescue USB stick with plenty of room on it for one system image(it is a 32 GB stick) but for the FAT32 4 GB file size limit. It may be possible to split the image into sections. I've asked on the Windows 8 forum since my machine is W8.
I use Macrium Reflect. You can copy the Recovery CD contents to USB flash drive and put a win7 volume boot sector on that partition.
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11 Jan 2014   #5
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I just did it the other way. My USB stick was FAT32. I made the WinPE on it. Macrium did not delete data files I had on it. So I just did another backup with the USB stick as the target. Macrium automatically made multiple numbered image files. Nothing to it.

I tried copying on an existing image but since it was 18 GB in a single file, it would not copy to the stick.
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11 Jan 2014   #6
ericnumnutz

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Are you using the free version or paid? Are there step by step specific directions on how to do this?
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11 Jan 2014   #7
Kaktussoft

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I'm using the free version. What you can do:
  1. Create recovery CD or get the macrium recover ISO :
    Note
    The production of the WinPE recovery CD (which is highly recommended) may take up to 3 hours because Macrium needs to download the 1.7GB WAIK (Windows Application Installation Kit). For your convenience I have uploaded a ready made .iso of the WinPE recovery disc. That can be downloaded in appr. 8 minutes which clearly beats the WAIK download. Once you downloaded and unzipped the folder, you can burn it directly to a CD with e.g. ImgBurn.

    Here is the link to my Skydrive site.

    Here is an alternate link from FileSwap (courtesy of Gary - Britton30)

    I draw your attention to the fact that this WinPE CD can also be used to make images. That may be convenient in case you do not want to install Macrium on your PC.
  2. Copy the contents to the root of USB stick partition (NTFS)
  3. Boot to win7 recovery environment System Recovery Options select "command prompt"
  4. Determine what the drive letter is of usb drive. DIR D:\ DIR E:\ etc untill you find it. Assume it's called K in this example

  5. Code:
    bootsect /nt60 K:

  6. Code:
    diskpart
    select volume K:
    ACTIVE
    exit
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11 Jan 2014   #8
ericnumnutz

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I will try this tonight, I see how this will get the program to boot on the USB but I am not sure if this will also get the image file on the same drive?
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11 Jan 2014   #9
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ericnumnutz View Post
I will try this tonight, I see how this will get the program to boot on the USB but I am not sure if this will also get the image file on the same drive?
when you boot from that USB flash stick:
  • Macrium reflect start automatically.
  • You can start the backup, or start the restore.
  • You can set all settings and select where to backup to and where to restore from.
All USB2.0 ports disks should work. Most usb3.0 ports should work.
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11 Jan 2014   #10
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I just got Macrium recently. The WinPE USB stick creation wasn't bad. The download was aboit 371 MB. On WiFi it took a little over 10 minutes. Plus it made my stick bootable without erasing my files. A pleasant surprise.
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