How to backup from an USB drive - new Windows 10

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    How to backup from an USB drive - new Windows 10


    I got my new Windows 10 laptop today and am currently planning a clean install.
    I also need a new backup strategy - I used to use a bootable CD with Acronis TrueImage. This is probably not possible because I no longer have an optical drive. I also wanted to see if there was a free alternative to Arconis.
    (Arconis was fast and had a very good compression)

    So I wanted to ask you for comments:
    Do you know a good free system that can boot from USB - with which you can create a system image of the hard drive or just individual partitions? Best of all on the same USB drive or on a local NAS.
    I usually separate the system and the data at partition level and save the data separately anyway.
    If possible the image should be mountable.
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    Windows 11 Pro

    Macrium Reflect Free.
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    Win 10 home 20H2 19042.1110
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170

    Macrium Reflect [free edition] is often recommended in this forum for making system images. Other utilities are available but this one is so commonplace that you can get plenty of help for it.

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect - TenForumsTutorials
    Macrium Software Macrium Reflect Free
    Macrium USB - TenForums
    Macrium Reflect KnowledgeBase - user guide [version-independent link]

    It can also make bootable system images. This facility is called viBoot and it requires Win10 Pro.
    Macrium viBoot - Macrium KB
    Macrium viBoot - Create Virtual Machine using Macrium Image - TenForumsTutorials

    While you're thinking about backups, consider Backup and Restore Device Drivers - TenForumsTutorials as well.

    All the best,
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    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit

    I fully support Reflect but not Acronis solutions
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    Thread Starter

    Is it possible form the Macrium Reflect Bootable USB to CREATE the backup form an whole drive/partition as image.
    Or does this only support restoration of the images?
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  7. Posts : 18,432
    Windows 11 Pro

    Yes, you can create an image using the rescue drive.
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