How to create an USB stick image (like ISO for DVD)?

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  1. pstein

    pstein Honorable Member

    Mar 20, 2010
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    Assume I created a bootable USB stick with some additional software on it.

    Now I want to backup the whole stuff into an archive file on my hard disc.

    If I would have an CD/DVD I could create a well known ISO file for it which contains everything.

    How do I do this for an USB stick?

    If I just copy all files+folders through Winexplorer into a certain folder on my hard disc then all hidden+system files are NOT copied. As well as the boot MBR management files.

    So is there a method of really copying everything (inclunding the boot sectors)?

    The image should be ready for re-burn onto (another) USB Stick.

    How does this work?

  2. Saltgrass

    Saltgrass Excellent Member
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    Oct 16, 2009
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    As far as I know there is no file format for an image you can burn to a clean flash drive and make it bootable.

    Since to make a flash drive, you have to make it bootable and then copy the OS files to it, possibly you could use a script in Diskpart to configure the drive and then just copy the files.

    If you are trying to create a portable version of the OS you could run from the flash drive, I have no experience. But since there are not formats for such a file, it would have to guess it is not possible to just be able to save or burn such a configuration.

    I do see some sites that discuss cloning a flash drive. Maybe something like that might get you started. And if you can clone one, possibly you could back it up and re-image. But again, I have not tried.
  3. Dozryan

    Dozryan New Member

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