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System Image - Thumb Drive is not a valid backup location

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I'm using windows 7 to create a system image (or drive image) as it is called on a thumb drive.  The drive is freshly formatted NTFS, is 128 gig, and my image is only about 30 gig.  Why won't it create an image on a thumb drive?
Thanks in advance, John
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by:Paul Sauvé
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I believe that the target drive - where the image goes - must be at least the same size as the drive you want to image.
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by:jbrid1234
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It is - my C: partition is set to 70 gb, the system image takes about 30 gb, and the thumb drive is 128 gb.  The entire hard disk (c: and d: partitions) is 250 gb.
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nobus earned 125 total points
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try the free paragon B&R software :  http://www.paragon-software.com/free/
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by:noxcho
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Windows Backup and Restore feature does not support thumb drives as backup storage. You need either to format it as internal drive by removing this "thumb" bit from the drive or use normal HDD.
Personally I would suggest using third party backup tool such as one suggested by nobus. This backup tool is more fleixible and reliable than Windows backup & restore. And with it you can backup go thumb drive as well.
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by:jbrid1234
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Thanks yall.  I appreciate the help.  John
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