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  1. Posts : 78
    windows10 home v1803 OS build 17134.441
       02 Jun 2018 #1

    USB Problem


    I've got MR7 Free Home version. What I'd like to do is make a USB backup image of my computer. It'll take about 70-75 GB. I've tried about 10 different usb's from 125gb to 256gb. Every time it seems to be going great then bang, it aborts because of errors. I've tested every usb with various USB testing apps. The best results are any where from 113mb to 16gb useable memory, with the 16gb coming on the 256gb drive. That just won't do. Does anybody know a reliable thumb drive with the necessary memory to get the job done? I'd consider paying more. Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by RichardC; 02 Jun 2018 at 20:53. Reason: spelling
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  2. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       02 Jun 2018 #2

    The only thing I can see is what format your USB drives are using, most up to 64GB are FAT32 but Windows has a limit of 32GB in formatting drives as FAT32. And of course FAT32 has a limit of 4GB minus 1Byte for a single file size. One could use the bootable GPARTED LiveCD [or a bootable Linux LiveDVD] to reformat 64GB and larger drives as FAT32 but not having one larger than 64GB I can't test it.
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  3. Posts : 78
    windows10 home v1803 OS build 17134.441
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       02 Jun 2018 #3

    Yea, I found that windows now only formats larger usb's to exfat. But I found an app that could take the larger usb and format it to fat32, called Macrorit Partition Expert. A really nice program. MR7 can't use exfat. I'm looking into taking my 256 and making two partitions. One about one gig at fat 32 and the second at ntfs. Does MR work with ntfs? I'll keep researching but any added info would be appreciated.
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  4.    05 Jun 2018 #4

    If you do get your good idea working -- make sure you use two, twin, USB flash drives! I have had one of two fail without warning during backup / restore operations. Again, use two, twin, USB flash drives, one right after the other every time you do a backup.
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  5. Posts : 78
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       06 Jun 2018 #5

    Thanks for the reply Roland. I wasn't aware you could use multiple thumb drives when doing a backup. I need a total of about 70+ gb to complete the image backup. My problem is I can't find a viable thumb drive with more than 16gb usable memory. At that rate, I'd need about 5 thumb drives. Another question is how you would use multiple drives. The process aborts if there's not enough space and nothing is stored on the drive. I've tried seven different drives to no avail. When you say twin, do you mean from same manufacturer or same format? Any added info would be much appreciated. TIA, Richard
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  6. Berton's Avatar
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       06 Jun 2018 #6

    I don't know where-all their stores are but our local Hometown Shopko has Verbatim 32GB Thumb drives for $12.88, gonna pick up a couple today.
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  7.    06 Jun 2018 #7

    What I meant by two, twin, USB flash drive usage: each of the two USB flash drives would contain the same backup "C drive" (c-partition) image and/or the same backup "D drive" (d partition) image. Two thumb drives, two copies of C and two copies of D, one C and D on each of the two flash drives.
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  8. Posts : 78
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       07 Jun 2018 #8

    I get it. A backup of the backup. Sounds like a good idea. If only I can find a couple of viable thumb drives. I'll keep trying.
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  9. Posts : 972
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       07 Jun 2018 #9

    You are buying cheap fake USB key drives where they simulate the vast capacity in hacked firmware on probably low capacity reject USB drives, that's what you have found so why continue.

    Just don't buy that unreliable junk.

    Buy your USB key drives from reputable suppliers.
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  10.    07 Jun 2018 #10

    You only require one good thumb drive. Your buying junk thumb drives. The suppliers claim they are high capacity and fast. In fact they are the opposite. Amazon is currently attempting to put a stop to these fake drives and false claims. Invest in a a good thumb drive from a reputable supplier, Verbatim, Kingston, Sandisk. You get what you pay for. I just purchased a 128 GB Sandisk thumb drive for imaging, no problems with capacity or formatting to NFTS.
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