Windows 10: Trying to backup computer before using it, but having problems

Discus and support Trying to backup computer before using it, but having problems in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; I got me a Dell laptop and want to backup the OS and everything else to a flash drive in case of a future total failure. People have told me to use an... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by Delly10, Jun 24, 2016.

  1. Delly10 Win User

    Trying to backup computer before using it, but having problems


    I got me a Dell laptop and want to backup the OS and everything else to a flash drive in case of a future total failure. People have told me to use an external hard drive for the purpose because it has more room and can do repeated backups, but that's not a concern for me. I just want to do a one-time backup at the beginning. I attempted doing it last night, but my flash drive (64GB) doesn't even show up as an option to save the backup image to. It also turns out that I need to make a system recovery drive which needs 16GB. Would it be possible to just create the recovery drive on the 64GB flash drive, then after that back up the computer to its own hard drive, then copy the backup over to the remaining space in the flash drive? The current used space in the computer is about 40GB, so it would fit in the flash drive along with the system recovery, but would everything function the way it should?

    I've heard that creating a recovery drive to a USB flash drive erases everything on the flash drive. So I was thinking I could create the recovery drive first, and then add the system image backup afterwards. What do you think of that?

    Also, I already downloaded the Win10 .iso file from Microsoft and burned it to a DVD when I had a previous computer. I still have that DVD. Is that all I'd need if I ever had a hard drive failure?

    :)
     
    Delly10, Jun 24, 2016
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  2. Trying to play game using Aura, it will open but when you try to choose a game it crashes.

    I did not remove the original Aura before installing the update, and the kids games are still there, the only difference is the app store is not the same. but I can live with that until there is another fix......I hope soon.

    Did you do all your windows 10 updates?

    It is strange that your computer does not shut down and turns on in the middle of the night. You may want to go into the setting and see if there is something turned on or off in their.

    The Aura update is only a program up date not a OS update.

    You may want to contact Microsoft and see if it is a windows issue.

    I hope this helps.
     
    ChrisStojanovski, Jun 24, 2016
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  3. Trying to play game using Aura, it will open but when you try to choose a game it crashes.

    Hey, thanks for the reply.

    I installed this version of Aura with the previous fix and it doesn't have the kid games that I bought the computer for. And there are still other windows 10 bugs. The most significant is that the computer won't shut down. It just wakes itself back up
    later... in the middle of the night... waking me up with it's 27 inch screen... great....

    And I saw this computer advertised by Lenovo for about $550. I paid $1500+ for it less than 6 months ago hoping that it would be a flagship product that they would support and paid a premium for it. Looks like they are dumping them now.
     
    KidGamesAura, Jun 24, 2016
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  4. Trying to backup computer before using it, but having problems

    TairikuOkami, Jun 24, 2016
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  5. Delly10 Win User
    I went to that site and clicked on the first offering, which was AOMEI Backupper Standard . All I got was an error message saying, "This site cannot be reached".

    But even if I use the Windows backup program, would the method I was talking about before be something that would work (creating the system recovery drive on the 64GB flash drive, followed by the system backup image on the same flash drive)?
     
    Delly10, Jun 24, 2016
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  6. NavyLCDR New Member
    The problem you are going to face likely is that the boot partition is most likely going to have to be FAT32 and you can't save an image file over 2GB on FAT32.

    I would make a small bootable FAT32 USB flash drive of Kyhi's recovery drive found here in the software subforum. Run Macrium Reflect from that to save an image to a second 64 GB USB flash drive formatted as NTFS - if 64 GB is big enough.
     
    NavyLCDR, Jun 24, 2016
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  7. Delly10 Win User
    Would it be possible to just use the system repair disk I made for Windows 7? Or would that be incompatible with Windows 10? What I'm thinking of doing is just using the Windows 7 system repair disk with a clean install of Windows 10 since I already have the windows 10 ISO saved to a DVD disc, but I don't know if the Windows 7 system repair disc would be compatible with Windows 10.

    I noticed in the back up section there was a heading called looking for an older backup and it would still work on Windows 10 but I'm not sure how that's possible if I used Window 7 to create it.

    Does this mean that if I created a system image backup using a Windows 7 computer I would be able to use that system image backup to restore Windows 10 operating system? If this is the case I would like to know so i would know whether or not to count on the current backup I have to be sufficient. I've been trying for the past week to create a backup of my current system without any success and it would be nice if I knew whether or not what I have is good enough.
     
    Delly10, Jun 25, 2016
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  8. NavyLCDR New Member

    Trying to backup computer before using it, but having problems

    I don't really know anything about mixing the Windows 7 and 10 built-in imaging backups/restore. I do know that there have been many more posts about people having problems with the Windows built-in backup image and restore than there have been about Macrium Reflect.
     
    NavyLCDR, Apr 5, 2018
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