Windows 10: Creating system Image to external drive

Discus and support Creating system Image to external drive in Windows 10 Software and Apps to solve the problem; Hi,I am unable to create a system image to a brand new western digital external drive. My C drive has 170BG & the usb I’m trying to back it up to has... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Software and Apps' started by conorhoulihan1, Jan 7, 2022.

  1. Creating system Image to external drive


    Hi,I am unable to create a system image to a brand new western digital external drive. My C drive has 170BG & the usb I’m trying to back it up to has 230GB spare.When I attempt to create the system image, it comes up with 'This drive is not a valid backup location'.I've tired re-formatting the drive current NTFS using diskpart, but it makes no difference.Any advise would be most welcome.

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    conorhoulihan1, Jan 7, 2022
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  2. Martmcd Win User

    Create System Image of External Drive

    Hi snoopaloopas

    windows image backup is being deprecated and has become unreliable

    Microsoft recommend using a third party solution for image backups

    The free version of Macrium reflect is able to create an image of an external drive.

    and can be downloaded from
    https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree


    when you open it you will see the disks listed on the right hand side, click the external drive then click the "image this disk" link below.

    give it a destination path and name, click finish

    you may also want to create rescue media, so that you can boot to that on the repaired machine and restore the image.

    have a look at the user guide for further instructions.

    Macrium Reflect KnowledgeBase - KnowledgeBase v7 - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase - KnowledgeBase v7 - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase...

    and/or the quick start guide

    Macrium Reflect KnowledgeBase - KnowledgeBase - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase...

    Note: This is a non-Microsoft website. The page appears to be providing accurate, safe information. Watch out for ads on the site that may advertise products frequently classified as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Products). Thoroughly research any product advertised
    on the site before you decide to download and install it.
     
    Martmcd, Jan 7, 2022
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  3. 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, Jan 7, 2022
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  4. Anon7861 Win User

    Creating system Image to external drive

    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, Jan 7, 2022
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