1. Joined : Nov 2014
    Ohio
    Posts : 260
    Windows 10
       13 Dec 2016 #1

    Create image with USB


    I have an HP laptop with 6 gig of RAM and 1 gig hard drive. I use an external hard drive to create an image which uses about 58 gig of space. I would like to use a USB instead of the hard drive. Can I get a USB big enough to make an image and if so, about how much would it cost. Thank you. -Frank
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  2. Joined : Dec 2016
    Ireland
    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1 Pro
       13 Dec 2016 #2

    @Frank1 Of course, you'll be looking to buy a 64gb stick I assume? They'll set you back about 15 pounds ($20) I'd recommend a SanDisk SDCZ50 B35 64 GB Cruzer as they're reliable and cheap you can also purchase them from Amazon Also, how do you only have 1gig of internal memory? I've never seen a laptop with 6gigs of ram and 1gig of memory.
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  3. Joined : Dec 2015
    Posts : 2,434
    Windows10
       13 Dec 2016 #3

    External usb flash drives are not as reliable as external usb drives. You are putting all your eggs in one basket.
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  4. Joined : Oct 2015
    Posts : 1,390
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       13 Dec 2016 #4

    Hi,

    I've never seen a laptop with 6gigs of ram and 1gig of memory.
    It's probably a typo. Most of these HP Pavillon laptops are outfitted with 500Gb drive or bigger.


    External usb flash drives are not as reliable as external usb drives. You are putting all your eggs in one basket.
    Having only the external drive would also be just one basket. Note that 1Gb amounts to a very small egg these days.

    Cheers,
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  5. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,880
    Windows 10 Pro
       13 Dec 2016 #5

    fdegrove said: View Post
    Having only the external drive would also be just one basket. Note that 1Gb amounts to a very small egg these days.

    Cheers,
    But at least it would be a much more reliable basket for storage of eggs than a USB flash drive would be.
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  6. Joined : Oct 2015
    Posts : 1,390
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       13 Dec 2016 #6

    Hi,

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    But at least it would be a much more reliable basket for storage of eggs than a USB flash drive would be.
    Possibly, yes.
    Never had any problem with flash drives failing on me. Some I have are over 10 years old and they're still fine.
    Not favouring flash drive over external hard drives really bit that 1Gb drive is errr...funny.


    Cheers,
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  7. Joined : Nov 2014
    Ohio
    Posts : 260
    Windows 10
       13 Dec 2016 #7

    NocFA said: View Post
    @Frank1 Of course, you'll be looking to buy a 64gb stick I assume? They'll set you back about 15 pounds ($20) I'd recommend a SanDisk SDCZ50 B35 64 GB Cruzer as they're reliable and cheap you can also purchase them from Amazon Also, how do you only have 1gig of internal memory? I've never seen a laptop with 6gigs of ram and 1gig of memory.
    I might have made a typo on this. I'll double check it re-post tomorrow.
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  8. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,880
    Windows 10 Pro
       13 Dec 2016 #8

    I'm thinking 1 TB. Although I did find an IDE hard drive in the basement that was 850 MB - from about 1990.
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  9. Joined : Dec 2015
    Posts : 2,434
    Windows10
       14 Dec 2016 #9

    Re. Backups. Point is you should have two independent backups. For really critical stuff even cloud backup (critical files only).

    Flash drives and SD cards are less reliable. Using one flash drive only is Russian Roulette.
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  10. Joined : Nov 2016
    Posts : 4
    Windows 10
       15 Dec 2016 #10

    cereberus said: View Post
    Re. Backups. Point is you should have two independent backups. For really critical stuff even cloud backup (critical files only).

    Flash drives and SD cards are less reliable. Using one flash drive only is Russian Roulette.
    I second cereberus's warnings.

    About price: I think 64GB flash drives are around 15$-30$ on Amazon. The 64GB version of the Sandisk Extreme is AFAIK quite a bit faster than some other ones, but if you're only going to use this once in a long time - this might not be that important.
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