Best way to make a copy a full USB?

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by The Count, Mar 27, 2020.

  1. The Count

    The Count Registered Member

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    A very full 32GB usb stick needs to duplicated to:
    i) a 64GB usb stick (new)
    ii) an external HD

    Should I copy and paste
    or
    Use Macrium?

    Thank you in advance
     
  2. n8chavez

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    Be aware that you most likely will not be able to image a usb flash drive with macrium. Of course, that's only a problem if the flash drive is not seen as an external drive AND the usb drive is bootable.b If neither of those criteria apply to you, you could use "Create a File and Folder Backup" option to backup the drive. The resulting backup will not be bootable when restored, but everything else will be there.

    If the drive is bootable, I suggest you take at look at Terabytes Image for Windows. That works with bootable flash drives very easily.
     
  3. The Count

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    Is there a way to check to see if the usb stick is bootable or not without having to download extra software?
     
  4. n8chavez

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    If you did not specifically make it that way, chances are it's not.
     
  5. The Count

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    The files on my USB flash drive that I want to copy with Macrium are:
    rtf,
    text document,
    usb recovery.E01 files

    Should I still proceed using Macrium to do this or without Macrium by simply copy and paste? I am not trying to make a bootable os.
     
  6. Minimalist

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    I would just copy paste data. Make sure that you can see hidden files if there are any.
     
  7. reasonablePrivacy

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    Copy&paste then safe remove (unmount)
     
  8. Hadron

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    Yes, copy & paste is all you need to do.

    For large amounts of data, I use FastCopy. But you don't need that.
    I actually used FastCopy recently to transfer all my data over from my older computer's backup drives to my newly built computer's backup drives. It works well for large data transfers.
     
  9. zapjb

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    Is FastCopy faster/better than TeraCopy? Been using TeraCopy for 10 years.
     
  10. Hadron

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    I don't really know.
    I have read some comparison articles in the past, but they all seem to differ in opinion.
     
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