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Old 26-09-2013, 16:56
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I have a new Dell PC with Windows 8, and it has the Dell Recovery Media software on it to backup the 'factory setup', which includes the OS. I have created the backup on an 8GB USB stick. All fairly easy so far.

However, I don't want to just have the backup on the USB stick for a few reasons.
1) I want to use the stick for other purposes.
2) I am concerned the USB stick would get overwriiten or lost anyway.

So, what are my options? Can I 'image' the USB stick somehow, and keep it safe on a hard disk somewhere? The USB media is bootable, so I need to take sure I can create another bootable device from the backup.

Any suggestions?
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Old 26-09-2013, 19:32
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I'm no expert (as you may well know ) but can you not burn a DVD or two for the factory restore ?

1) I want to use the stick for other purposes.
I definitely wouldn't do that !!, its likely to mess it up.

You could also save an ISO image to an external hard drive.
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Old 26-09-2013, 21:18
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I'm no expert (as you may well know ) but can you not burn a DVD or two for the factory restore ?
It depens on the machine, sometimes you can burn DVDs, but if your machine has no drive then it'll want to create it on a USB stick..
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Old 26-09-2013, 22:43
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It depens on the machine, sometimes you can burn DVDs, but if your machine has no drive then it'll want to create it on a USB stick..
It's actually a tablet PC, and writing the recovery media to USB is the only option.

So far, I've found two different utilities to create an image of the USB stick. I just wondered of anyone else has encountered the same dilemma.
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Old 27-09-2013, 14:39
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I'd echo the above poster when they said don't use the USB stick. Flash memory is quite cheap now so why not just get the smallest USB stick you can (allow a bit of extra size than recommended just in case) and keep it somewhere safe?

Manufacturers who use this recovery option never recommend that you use the stick for anything else in case it becomes corrupt or lost.

If you can find a utility that will clone the stick then great - but test it first by running a recovery on the machine.
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Old 27-09-2013, 14:46
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8GB USB sticks are so cheap nowadays, buy two. One to use normally, and one to make a clone of the backup stick - that way if one memory stick fails, you've still got the other.
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Old 28-09-2013, 02:05
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You could use an SD card with a USB connection if your m/board supports booting from an SD card. Furthermore it will be capable of being write protected, which will ease your overwritable worries. Or you could buy a USB flash drive with write protection (see Kanguru below).

Answers to question on how to make SD card bootable: http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/8-gb-sd-card-bootable/

Kanguru Solutions 16GB SS3 USB 3.0 with write-protect (eBay UK): http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2013-Kangu...30941546952%26

8GB FlashBlu II USB 2.0 with write-protect from Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Kanguru-Soluti...ref=pd_sim_e_3
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