usb flash drive not a valid backup location for system image

OK, Microsoft continuing to confuse me and others it would seem.

Tried to make system image to USB flash drive in Windows 8 and Yes it would not work. It States " the drive is not a valid backup location ".

Yes its formatted to NTFS. and I have read various sites where it gives instructions how and ive read sites and Microsoft who seem to have conflicting statements.

Please can someone HELP all I want to do is go to windows 7 file recovery in windows 8 - press make system image - select usb drive and sit back.

 

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Hi,

 

Windows 7 Backup and Restore did not allow USB flash drives to be used for System Image back up. Windows 7 File Recovery, in Windows 8, works the same way that Windows 7 Backup and Restore does. We recommend you to create the system Image in an external hard disk or a separate partition in the internal hard disk.

 

Saving a System Image in a USB drive is not recommended. The size of the System Image could be bigger than the size of the USB drive and since the drive size is usually small, it tends to fill up quickly, especially when creating the System Images is scheduled to occur at a particular time.

 

Please get back to us with the status of the issue.

 

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I appreciate your reply but I have 64gb flash drive and my system image is only approx. 16gb ,as I knew before getting that size flash drive.

Is it possible to place the flash drive as part of home network and then proceed to backup to that location.

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Hi,

 

Thank you for getting back to us.

 

Please answer these questions:

 

1.     Does the issue occur for a particular USB drive?

2.     Do you receive any errors regarding the USB drive?

 

Here’s what you can try:

 

Method 1: Make sure that the drivers for the USB device is up-to-date and that there is no excessive activity on it.

 

Method 2: You can refer to this link to learn how to create a System Image in a flash drive:

 

How to create a system image to refresh your Windows 8 PC
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2748351/en-us

 

If you have any further questions regarding Windows operating systems, reach out to us on this forum.

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To answer :-

1 - and 2 , I made system image to this usb drive using Macrium Reflect with no problems.

Why can't Windows 8 .this new and latest offering from Microsoft handle it from within using there own system image creator. They try and discourage you from using 3rd party software but it seems that you just have to when there system does not work as well.

 

The link you sent was for creating folder on C-drive and sending the image there or am I missing something.

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Hi,

 

Thanks for the updates.

 

Have you successfully saved a System Image to the USB drive?

 

In the link, these steps are mentioned. I have customized them for your issue.

 

a.   Create a folder in the USB drive named Refreshimage.

b.  Press Windows key + X on the desktop and select Command Prompt (Admin).

c.   Type recimg -CreateImage <USB drive>:\ Refreshimage and press Enter.

 

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Thanks for reply , will get back when attempted and succeeded or failed.

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Tried and this is response from command prompt :-

The recovery image cannot be written

Error code 0x8007010b

 

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the correct line is "createimage" and when entered correct line warnings appeared and stated that creating a custom image can only be used on Refresh not Reset .

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I appreciate your reply but I have 64gb flash drive and my system image is only approx. 16gb ,as I knew before getting that size flash drive.

Is it possible to place the flash drive as part of home network and then proceed to backup to that location.


Hi there!


I have Windows 7 freshly installed on my machine and I decided to install all the program that I need,

then create a system image.


I bought the same type of USB stick, but from different supplier...the 2 of 64GB and 1 of 128GB.


The System image at the point I attempt to create is DECLARED from Windows 42GB.


I format the 64GB USB stick prior attempting creating the image with Windows,


and Windows does not recognize this a valid device(corrupt message).


I was very frustrated then I tried to use the 128 GB. Same process...


Windows recognize them as proper and created the image.


However at this point I wanted also tried to use it.


Separate, I created a DVD for the startup that work correctly.


At the point of RESTORiNG the image from USB, Windows cannot recognize the USB connected to the machine as lack of drivers.

Then I used the Dos prompt to install the driver...I made prior two different DVD...1DVD with the exact .inf .dll  than WiN7 is using when running, 1 with setup file from internet executable to install the driver.


Both ways has been a failure...no probs now...but when recover image will be necessary what I will do?


Been trough the old MSCDEX cd driver and SATA driver dedicated installation by myself...here a new problem harder then previous


It is possible that with weekly update Microsoft cannot sort this so simple things in 2013?

 

Technically a HARD DRiVE is not safer than USB pen properly stored


DIRECT QUESTiON: How to install the usb driver installed to recover system image ?

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Try this:

- 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

Good luck.

/Claus

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