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Problem with Imaging

  1. #1


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1 Pro (64bit)

    Problem with Imaging


    Trying to Image new Laptop onto external 500GB drive. Followed Windows Eight Tutorial Option 2. All went well, but the file created (WindowsImageBackup) is empty?
    Please help.
    Cheers,
    Ken

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  2. #2


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Instead of using Windows Backup. It is much better to use Macrium and it's free:
    Macrium Reflect Free
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  3. #3


    Posts : 1
    Win7, 8, 10


    Reboot and run chkdsk /f on the drive to see if the file now has a size. Or better, use something like Image for Windows by TeraByte Unlimited which is much more straight forward and reliable.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken RM View Post
    Trying to Image new Laptop onto external 500GB drive. Followed Windows Eight Tutorial Option 2. All went well, but the file created (WindowsImageBackup) is empty?
    Please help.
    Cheers,
    Ken
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  4. #4


    Image for Windows costs $$; Macrium Reflect (which will do the same) is free.
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  5. #5


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Here is a tutorial for the free Macrium

    Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Another option is AOMEI backupper which is easy to use

    Best Free Backup Software for Windows 10, Windows 8.1/8, Windows 7, Vista, XP
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  6. #6


    Posts : 143
    Windows 8.1


    Can I create a system image and keep it on a USB stick?
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  7. #7


    The backup apps (MR, AOMEI) compress the backup and store it in a proprietary file format. You can't boot and run from that file -- if that is what you are asking. You can store that file on a USB stick, though.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    please refer to post #2 and yes you can backup to USB as long as it is large enough
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  9. #9


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    The size of your USB stick must be appr. 65% of the size of the data you are imaging.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 143
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks guys.
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