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Is it possible to create a system image onto a USB flash drive?


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#1 cmptrgy

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 04:53 PM

My friend just had her Win7 computer serviced by a local computer shop as it needed a major overhaul

Afterward she was told she could create a system image onto a 16GB flash drive and is hoping I can do that for her. (Her hard drive is 500GB and I don't know if that's a good idea in the long run.

 

However here are my concerns

A flash drive would normally need to be converted from FAT32 to NTFS

--- I haven't looked up yet on how to do that but I will if it makes sense to do so.

Then even if I were to do that for her, what would it take for the flash drive be bootable?



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Posted 25 August 2016 - 05:03 PM

It would depend on how much data is currently on the 500GB drive if the 16GB drive would be sufficient. Create the System Image with Macrium Free or Aomei Backupper.

 

You can use Partition Wizard to convert but if there is data on the drive I would back it up.

 

https://www.partitionwizard.com/convertpartition/convert-fat32-to-ntfs.html



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Posted 27 August 2016 - 06:51 AM

Thanks JohnC_21. I was just surprised that a professional computer repair person would make that recommendation. I wonder if he meant that 16GB flash drive to be used for saving her data. Then maybe just for the OS but unless he changed the hard drive partitions the HDD was only a single partition from what I recall. I recommended she get professional help on her computer because it became so full she only had 1% free space. I won't get back onto her computer until the first week of September and see what's actually going on. Personally I believe I'll be recommending an external hard drive greater than 1TB. But you answered my question: it is possible to create a system image onto a USB flash drive,



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Posted 27 August 2016 - 08:34 AM

It is possible but not recommended. I would go for the external hard drive instead. Possibly the professional was thinking of Windows 8. Windows 8 can create a recovery drive (USB flash drive) that includes the OEMs factory recovery partition. This would be similar to Window's 7 System Repair Disk. In fact, on Windows 8 there is no option to create a disk, only a USB flash drive.



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Posted 16 September 2016 - 02:00 PM

I wonder if that tech meant create a System Repair usb stick -- I "googled" my run command and got: create a system repair disc.


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