Windows 10: can use usb flash drive to make system image backup?

  1.    24 Dec 2016 #1

    can use usb flash drive to make system image backup?


    Hi. I have Windows 10 Home running on Lenovo desktop. Can a 128 gb usb 3.0 flash drive be used to make a system image backup? Is a usb flash drive the same as a usb jump drive? Thanks.
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  2.    24 Dec 2016 #2

    Yes and yes.
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  3.    24 Dec 2016 #3

    Thumb/Flash/Jump drives are all the same. As long as the flash drive is as large or larger than the data on the HDD to be copied.

    Your only issue will be file format....as 7/8/8.1 are NTFS with a MBR. Windows 10 on the other hand is NTFS with a GPT file format. I don't know for sure if that will work on flash drive.
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       25 Dec 2016 #4

    I use Macrium Reflex to make images of my main C: drive which has 94GB of use. When Macrium makes an image it compress it into a file that is 56GB. The format of my USB flash drive is fat32 and it does not matter as you are just storing a file on it. Macrium has a procedure to make a bootable restore USB flash drive which is used to boot the system and runs Macrium from it. It then can read the image file and restore it.

    Jim
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  5.    25 Dec 2016 #5

    I sometimes use paragon backup and restore 2014 free edition. It will also back up into its own format with optional compression and password protection. It is not very fast. Windows makes faster images that paragon.
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  6.    25 Dec 2016 #6

    Phone Man said: View Post
    I use Macrium Reflex to make images of my main C: drive which has 94GB of use. When Macrium makes an image it compress it into a file that is 56GB. The format of my USB flash drive is fat32 and it does not matter as you are just storing a file on it. Macrium has a procedure to make a bootable restore USB flash drive which is used to boot the system and runs Macrium from it. It then can read the image file and restore it.



    Jim

    Thanks Jim....good to know.
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  7.    25 Dec 2016 #7

    Railtech said: View Post
    Yes and yes.
    Thanks. Happy Holidays.
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  8.    25 Dec 2016 #8

    Plankton said: View Post
    Thumb/Flash/Jump drives are all the same. As long as the flash drive is as large or larger than the data on the HDD to be copied.

    Your only issue will be file format....as 7/8/8.1 are NTFS with a MBR. Windows 10 on the other hand is NTFS with a GPT file format. I don't know for sure if that will work on flash drive.


    Hi. What is MBR? For Windows 10 System Image backup, do I have to format flash drive in NTFS? Anything I have to do with regards to GPT file format before making backup? Thanks. Happy Holidays.
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  9.    25 Dec 2016 #9

    Phone Man said: View Post
    I use Macrium Reflex to make images of my main C: drive which has 94GB of use. When Macrium makes an image it compress it into a file that is 56GB. The format of my USB flash drive is fat32 and it does not matter as you are just storing a file on it. Macrium has a procedure to make a bootable restore USB flash drive which is used to boot the system and runs Macrium from it. It then can read the image file and restore it.
    Jim
    Thanks. Happy Holidays.
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