Windows 10: Create System Image of External Drive

Discus and support Create System Image of External Drive in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; My mother's Dell 5566 laptop died mid-use last week - pretty sure it's the mobo. She hasn't backed up recently so she wants to do that before she takes... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by snoopaloopas, Feb 15, 2020.

  1. Create System Image of External Drive


    My mother's Dell 5566 laptop died mid-use last week - pretty sure it's the mobo. She hasn't backed up recently so she wants to do that before she takes it in to get fixed I'm working on it with her remotely. Got her a SATA cable to check it using another laptop and it's reading fine.


    My question - how the hell do I back up this drive? I want the equivalent of a system image so I have the ability to copy it to a brand new drive in case something happens when the mobo gets replaced, but I can't figure out how to do that on a peripheral drive being run as external storage. I'm aware of how to do this to the drive running windows. Google searches only show me how to do this, not what I'm looking for.


    Thanks

    :)
     
    snoopaloopas, Feb 15, 2020
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  2. Doc.666 Win User

    Unable to Create system image on external USB Drive

    It appears since one of the recent updates I can no longer create system images to external USB drives. This is a critical issues for me as my surface book only has one internal drive and external USB backups is the best option for system images. I have
    been using the Windows 7 backup application for years now and want that option back.
     
    Doc.666, Feb 15, 2020
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  3. Anon7861 Win User
    Capacity of external system image hard drive

    In creating a system image, what capacity hard drive the backup must be saved on?
    Should the capacity of the external hard drive equal or exceed that of the source drive?

    In the event of a system crash, how is the operating system restored with the system image created?
     
    Anon7861, Feb 15, 2020
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  4. Nikhar_K Win User

    Create System Image of External Drive

    restore system image from command prompt, drive d: not seen by system restore

    Hi,



    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.



    To be able to help you with the appropriate troubleshooting steps, please reply with the following details:



    • Are you trying to restore the system image or create a system image?
    • Are you able to see the external drive in File Explorer?
    • Could you please briefly explain the procedure that you are following to initiate a system image restore?


    In the meantime, I suggest you to refer the articles on
    How to: Create a system image in Windows 10
    and

    How to restore a Windows 10 system image to an existing or larger storage device
    created by Andre Da Costa.



    Please reply with the detailed information, to help you in a better way.



    Regards,

    Nikhar Khare

    Microsoft Community - Moderator
     
    Nikhar_K, Feb 15, 2020
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