backup an image recovery to a file?

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  1. Flame
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    How would i go about backing up an image recovery to a file which later if need to restored and used again.

    I want to do this in case i lose/damage my usb which has the image created recovery on an usb?

    the image is of windows 10 to used with my laptop.
     
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    For backup up PCs (something I do a fair bit off as I support a lot of "tool" computers, ones that do one task with some custom hardware and reinstall takes hours if you have to do it all yourself) I go with https://www.clonezilla.org/ (or more likely one of the many computer repair CDs that include it).
    There are other tools for such things but clonezilla is free and superb at what it does.

    For SD and USB stuff then something like https://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/ or DD ( http://pubs.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/9699919799/utilities/dd.html ) which does have a windows port http://www.chrysocome.net/dd . Naturally take care with this sort of thing for if you tell it to overwrite your computer's hard drive rather than your USB drive it will do that.
     
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    also my new laptop doesnt have a DVD drive.... its very modern.

    thanks dude. as always. but i need to copy the usb image to a file how would i go about doing that?

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    anyway i think this solves my problem

    https://www.osforensics.com/tools/write-usb-images.html
     
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    All those computer repair CDs can be stuck on a USB. Some really old machines struggle to boot from USB (you want a jump loader in those cases to first boot from floppy or something and then onto USB) but if it is new enough to think DVDs an afterthought (by the way you can always get a USB-sata or whatever adapter and plug a DVD drive in just like a hard drive would) then I would absolutely stunned to not see it happily boot from USB there.
    http://rufus.akeo.ie/ is a reasonable tool for making such USBs.
    Make such a thing for clonezilla, boot off that, direct it to copy the resulting hdd image to another drive, a USB drive, ftp server somewhere, shared folder on another computer... whatever you want from its many options.

    As for copying USB image to a file then that DD program will do it. You just tell it to copy given drives or partitions to a file on your computer and it will. It will also be able to restore it. It is useful for when SD cards need to be in the same order and everything or don't use a filesystem the computer recognises for a basic select all and copy and paste. Though I should note for some GPS systems and such that will try to sell you a £50 SD card that they tie it to the SD serial number.
    If you want to back up an existing USB backup then so be it, however I tend to reserve playing with DD for either setting up raspberry pis or when SD cards or USB drives are specially formatted and whatnot for the task. If your objective is to back up your PC's hard drive then clonezilla, or indeed any of the drive cloning (sometimes known as ghosting if you are speaking to an older computer person as Norton used to do the de facto program for it called Ghost) tools, would be where I head.
     
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