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[Fixed] The drive is not a valid backup location

2017-01-20 10:54:56 Posted by Abby Haines to Todo Backup Resource

Summary:
USB flash drive is not a valid backup location for system image? Here 2 methods are created to help you fix The drive is not a valid backup location in Windows 10/8/8.1/7: create a directory on USB drive and create system image on USB with third-party backup software.

"Getting error message 'Drive is not a valid backup location' while trying to create a system image to USB flash drive in Windows 10. Is there any way to fix the issue?"

It’s a question that asked by one of the Windows 10 users on the Microsoft Community. And many users who running Windows 8, 8.1, 7 have admitted that they suffered the same issue as Windows Backup and Restore feature does not support thumb drives as backup storage. But don’t worry! Here, we will offer two useful solutions to troubleshoot the problem. 

How to fix 'The drive is not a valid backup location' in Windows 10/8/7

Recommend: Create system image onUSB with third-party backup tool 

The third-party backup tool is the easiest solution for 'The drive is not a valid backup location' issue. Here, EaseUS Todo Backup is a nice choice. As a professional software, it is the best alternative tool when Windows 10 backup doesn't work properly. Now you can download and try it to create a system image on your USB flash drive in Windows 10/8/7 or other versions in just 3 simple steps.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup. Then choose "System Backup"

Create system image on USB with EaseUS backup tool - choose system backup option

Step 2. The software will choose the most suitable place to store your system image files. And you can also choose a location by yourself. Finally click "Proceed" to start the system backup.

Create system image on USB with EaseUS backup tool - choose a backup destination

Method 2. Create a directory on USB drive

Except for a third-party backup tool, you can also try to troubleshoot 'The drive is not a valid backup location' problem by creating a directory on USB drive. The only disadvantage is that it takes much more steps to manage the job.

1. Format the USB stick with NTFS.
2. Share the USB stick as a network drive.
    - Create a directory on your USB drive.
    - Right-click the directory and choose "Share with", "Specific people".
    - Choose yourself from the list of users and click Share and Done.
3. Ensure the advanced share allow permissions are set to full control.
4. Start Windows Backup and select System Image.
5. Select network drive as your backup location.
6. Browse to your own computer and select the USB share.
7. Enter your computer's login credentials, if your password is blank use 1 space and click OK.

After all the above steps, Windows Backup and Restore will start to create system image on your USB flash drive and 'The drive is not a valid backup location' error will no longer happen at most times. 

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