What is a valid backup location for creating a system image?

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  1. Posts : 67
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    What is a valid backup location for creating a system image?


    I thought I could use a USB drive?

    Or is there something else I'm doing wrong?
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  2. Posts : 18,044
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    Hello @Passenger Chi,

    Passenger Chi said:
    I thought I could use a USB drive?

    Or is there something else I'm doing wrong?
    There are various options available.

    - A Partition on your HDD/SSD.
    - A USB.
    - An external disk.

    However, it is highly recommended to use an external disk. It is also highly recommended to use an additional disk/location as well. Having TWO System Images, although the same, doubles your chances in case one fails.

    It is also highly recommended to create a bootable recovery USB which will also allow you to Restore the System Images.

    I hope this helps.
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  3. Posts : 67
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    That is exactly what I thought and I was trying to use a USB.



    Also see this:



    The external disk is obviously the best option, but this is to get started.

    It is also highly recommended to create a bootable recovery USB which will also allow you to Restore the System Images.
    Have one of those already. All I need is a system image for it to work with.
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  4. Posts : 18,044
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    Hello @Passenger Chi,

    Personally, I would stay clear of the Windows Built-In Imaging & Backup option for the reasons I have given below, because they just do NOT work most of the time. You might be better off considering a Third-Party [ FREE ] Imaging program.

    Here is some information I put together regarding Windows Built-In Imaging & Backup.

    Windows Built-In Imaging & Backup:

    DOWNSIDE:

    It is common knowledge that most of the time you CAN'T trust ANY of the MS built-in Backup or Image facilities because they just do NOT work. The System Imaging facility is a deprecated feature which is NO longer being developed or updated [ it used the same executables in every version of W10 ]. Even MS say that the built-in System Imaging facility should NOT be used . . .

    System Image Backup (SIB) Solution
    We recommend that users use full-disk backup solutions from other vendors.

    SOURCE: > Features Removed or Deprecated in Windows 10



    UPSIDE:

    If you do use the built-in MS System Imaging facility, then a Recovery Drive USB from almost any version of Win 10 is capable of restoring any other version of a Win 10 MS System Image. A Recovery Drive USB and the System Repair Disk DVD are functionally identical. The only requirement is that it is the same Win 10 bit type [ x86 or x64 ] as the System Image to be restored.



    I hope this helps.
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  5. Posts : 67
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    I still want to to the USB system image for now, though I will investigate 3rd party solutions.

    What was I doing wrong?
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  6. Posts : 18,044
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    Hello @Passenger Chi,

    All I would say is, that System Images are SUCH an important part of recovery when something goes wrong, that it is really worth learning and getting familiar with third-party software such as Macrium Reflect or AOMEI Partition Assist Standard, BOTH FREE.
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  7. Posts : 5,451
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    A separate partition?! A restore on my system takes 2 mins, that is 1 min just to boot pre-OS.
    Unless the bootloader gets damaged, that is all you will ever need. I never needed anything else.
    For the record, pre-OS is usually a paid feature, I am using EaseUS Todo Backup with a free Pre-OS.
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    What was I doing wrong?
    MS does not think usb stick is a reliable place to keep images.
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  9. Posts : 15,480
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    Passenger Chi said:
    I still want to to the USB system image for now, though I will investigate 3rd party solutions.

    What was I doing wrong?
    I think the E drive has to be fat32.

    Something is a bit odd as its size is very unusual.
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  10. Posts : 67
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    Paul Black said:
    Hello @Passenger Chi,

    All I would say is, that System Images are SUCH an important part of recovery when something goes wrong, that it is really worth learning and getting familiar with third-party software such as Macrium Reflect or AOMEI Partition Assist Standard, BOTH FREE.
    I already said I'd look into it., but I want to know how to do what I'm trying to do right now.

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    cereberus said:
    I think the E drive has to be fat32.

    Something is a bit odd as its size is very unusual.
    I reformatted in as FAT32 and it tells me it must be NTFS (which is what I thought in the first place).

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    What I want is an answer to THIS question:

    Is there or is there not a way to do what I am trying to do? And if so what am I doing wrong.
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