backup and I bought a 64GB flash drive for that purpose. But when I look at the backup options, it gives the option of "Hard drive", but doesn't recognize the flash drive when it's plugged in. Then I'm told I need a product key if I were to simply do a clean install using an .iso file, which means having to download another program in order to see what it is. Then after seeing in the "Backup" section of my computer that I can use a system repair disc from Win7 to do a backup, I thought I was all set since I already have that. Now I'm told I probably can't. All I want to do now is use my computer, but I'm holding off on that in order to keep the size of the image backup down, but yet I have to keep downloading things such as Macrium Reflect just to create any backup media. Macrium takes up over 500MB of space, which is far more than all the bloatware I managed to uninstall.
To tell you the truth, I'm contemplating not even having a backup anymore. It's already been too much of a hassle.
Delly10 - there is an incredibly easy solution. Since you want to use USB flash drives, you will need two of them. You will need one 8 GB in size and one big enough to hold the image of your computer system (your 64 GB flash drive).
On the 8 GB flash drive create a Windows 10 installation USB using the Microsoft Media Creation Tool. You want the option to create installation media for another PC:
Once the Media Creation Tool has made the Windows 10 installation USB flash drive for you, then read my quoted note in the middle of the OP to this thread:
Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - Windows 10 Forums
Then you can create a system image of your computer using Macrium Reflect to save the image to your 64GB USB flash drive. If it is formatted as NTFS, Macrium will save the image file as one big file. If the flash drive is formatted as FAT32, it will split the image file into 2 GB chunks.
The 8 GB flash drive created will do clean installs of Windows 10, it has Macrium Reflect on it to restore the system image from and also create the system image. Running the Windows 10 setup.exe file on it will give you all the recovery tools on a standard Windows 10 recovery USB. It's got MiniTool Partition Wizard to play with your partitions.
Last edited by NavyLCDR; 29 Jun 2016 at 17:12.
Also, where is the option to create installation media for another PC in the first link you gave? How much of the 4GB drive would it use? I was previously told that I'd need at least 16GB, but it looks like what you're saying is a different way of doing it. I printed out your post and will see if I can follow all of it.
Another thing: I brought my laptop with me today because I was intending to finally download all the programs I wanted to have. I'm at the public library where they have Wi-fi. If I do that, is there a way to still create a system image backup that doesn't include all those programs? I wanted to keep the size down. Otherwise, I still can't use my computer.
EDIT: Now I'm using my laptop and have been trying to download and install Macrium Reflect. I downloaded it, but now it won't complete installation. It keeps giving me an error message saying another process is installing and that I have to wait for that one to complete. It's been quite awhile and it's still not allowing me to complete it. Task manager shows there are no other installations taking place. I ended up having to cancel the install. So what other options do I have?
Last edited by Delly10; 27 Jun 2016 at 15:29.
You download the tool itself from the link under "Need to create a USB, DVD or ISO". That's what you want to do, create a USB. Then when you run the tool you will get options for upgrade this PC now, or make an installation drive for another PC. You select make it for another PC.
dism /online /export-driver /destination:E:\Drivers
The part in red will be the drive letter of the USB and the folder you created on it. That will copy all the drivers for the laptop that did not come with Windows to the USB flash drive. You know have a flash that you can boot the computer from, do a clean install of Windows 10 from, and re-install any drivers for the hardware that did not come from Microsoft with Windows.
When they say it takes 16 GB to make a recovery drive from the laptop that is because it is saving the Windows installation image, all the extra drivers from the laptop, and all the manufacturer's software that came with the laptop from the factory.
I personally have given up on the "create an Image" process partly due to the continued updates to Windows and the software that is continually added as time goes on. How many images do you really need. I found it easier to back up my files and programs. One Drive and Google make it easy to access when needed.
Just burn a Windows10 dvd if that's easier and if you have a dvd drive.
Windows 12 will be out soon. j/k
backup right when I first got it. The image took 4 DVD's. Then my hard drive failed after only a year and I had to replace it. Then I restored my image onto the hard drive, but many features and drivers were missing somehow. It took over 2 months of asking questions to get it working right again--and even then, I had to run it in test mode to make it work right for the next 4 years until it died.
Now I just bought a Win10 computer and thought things would be so simple. It doesn't even have Windows Word Starter on Excel Starter on it anymore, so now I can't open any of my documents! It looks like there's an option to download them, but I discovered that it's only for a one month trial. I think this will be my last computer. Just not worth the hassle.