USB question for Marcum Free

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by boredog, Dec 19, 2015.

  1. boredog

    boredog Registered Member

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    I have never used Marcum before. I installed the free version and created a recovery USB stick. I also created a boot menu on my C: drive.
    I opened Marcum and tried to create an image of my system on my same USB stick.

    I have 8 partitions on this win 10 machine. all created by windows. I got an error insufficient disk space.
    I think I know why. My USB stick is 130 gig and my C: drive is 500 gig. Do I need at least a 500 gig USB stick to do an image? Or is there compression by default so that a 130 gig would work?

    Thankyou
     
  2. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    boredog,

    It's hard to give you advice since you haven't answered my question about your USB flash drive.
     
  3. boredog

    boredog Registered Member

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    Brian I just double checked and it is only a 32 gig stick. sorry
    I see there is a few 500 gig ones on the market now or do you recommend an external HD. My ports are 3.0
     
  4. Brian K

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    boredog,

    Thanks. I don't advise USB flash drives for storing backups. Even the USB3 ones have slow write speeds (generally) compared to hard drives. I'd get a USB3 hard drive.
     
  5. boredog

    boredog Registered Member

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    OK will do and thank you very much
    But I still have the question as to what size? DO I need a backup drive equal to or greater then my 500 gig c drive?
     
  6. allizomeniz

    allizomeniz Registered Member

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    It doesn't have to be 500 GB. The backup image will only be as big as the amount of space actually used on the drive, but normally smaller with compression. I'll second the recommendation of an external HD. Flash drives are very convenient but after awhile the slower write speeds will become tedious. I think if you invest in an external HD I'd try to get one that's at least a TB. Later on you'll be glad you have the extra space. I got one last year for around $70.
     
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