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  1.    26 Feb 2016 #1
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    I'd like a clear understanding why.................


    Why the system will not accept a NTFS formatted 32GB USB drive for system image back up ?
    Why must I use an external hard drive ?

    I AM using a 1TB ext. hdd for backups.
    I just want to know why not USB flash drive.
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  2.    26 Feb 2016 #2

    Did you format it with gpt or mbr?
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  3.    26 Feb 2016 #3
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    No, I just inserted the USB > right click at it > click Format > select NTFS
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  4.    26 Feb 2016 #4

    Hi there

    Possibly 3 reasons always assuming that the 32GB is large enough for the image to fit on.

    1) image backup --is this trying to make a BOOTABLE backup on an MBR system -- then GPT drive won't be bootable.
    2) using the stupid internal imaging system of Windows it activates VSS - this means it needs a whole slew of extra storage while the OS drive is locked and data copied.
    3) External HDD has extra storage space for VSS.

    IMO forget the windows imaging system --get yourself something like FREE Macrium and you won't have any of these issues.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  5.    26 Feb 2016 #5
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    Did some looking around and found this, which was interesting:

    - create a directory on your USB drive
    - right-click the directory and choose "Share with", "Specific people"
    - choose yourself from the list of users and click Share and Done
    - in the "Create System Image" menu choose "On a network location"
    - now enter the URL for your share (\\your-computer\sharename)
    - enter your username and password and click OK
    Ref. HERE.

    b1rd
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  6.    26 Feb 2016 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidhk View Post
    Why the system will not accept a NTFS formatted 32GB USB drive for system image back up ?
    I just want to know why not USB flash drive.
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    Well for one thing - looking at your C: drive, 581 GB - 533 GB (free) = 48 GB used. I would think it might be a little bit difficult to fit a 48 GB system image onto a 32 GB drive. Especially when the 32 GB rated flash drive only has 29.8 GB real space on it.
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  7.    26 Feb 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by b1rd View Post
    Did some looking around and found this, which was interesting:



    Ref. HERE.

    b1rd
    Yes. I have read that before I posted here.
    I find that unreasonable and I have problem accepting that explanation.
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  8.    26 Feb 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by b1rd View Post
    Did some looking around and found this, which was interesting:



    Ref. HERE.

    b1rd
    Possible to create; impossible to restore from, Windows just won't detect the Network drive, during Image Restore, even if mapped.
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  9.    26 Feb 2016 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    Well for one thing - looking at your C: drive, 581 GB - 533 GB (free) = 48 GB used. I would think it might be a little bit difficult to fit a 48 GB system image onto a 32 GB drive. Especially when the 32 GB rated flash drive only has 29.8 GB real space on it.
    I was not told I did not have enough disk space. Just a bad location or something like that.
    However, I once used a 16GB USB and it did tell me there were not enough disk space.
    48 GB are used in my C drive. There are other items besides system image that contribute to the 48 GB usage. Yes ? Such as , my pps, doc, pictures etc.
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  10.    26 Feb 2016 #10
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    I wrote images to USB sticks using free Macrium. I try to avoid the native Windows functions because they are always very restrictive.
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