When you try to create a system image to a USB flash drive via the built-in backup feature in Windows, you may encounter an error – “The drive is not a valid backup location”. But don’t worry. This article will teach you 5 solutions to it.
As we all know, backup is considerably important in data protection. For example, when your Outlook file is corrupted, if you have backups, you can easily get back precious Outlook data without difficult PST fix. Hence, Windows provides users with multiple inbuilt backup features, such as “Backup and Restore”, “Previous Versions”, “System Restore Point”, “System Image” and so on. Also, they permit users to select backup to external drive. But, you may be confronted with “The drive is not a valid backup location” error when attempting to choose USB flash drive as the backup destination. Many users have complained a lot about this issue. Now, in the followings, we’ll reveal 5 methods to resolve it.
1. Check Adequate Drive Space
Most of time, chances are that the remaining storage space of the USB flash drive is insufficient. Hence, the drive is detected as “invalid”. Under this circumstance, it is necessary for you check the free drive space. If there is not enough free space, you can delete some large and useless files from the drive and then try again.
2. Ensure Drivers Are Updated
Furthermore, it’s very likely that the drivers for the USB flash drive as the backup destination are out of date or corrupted. In this situation, you have to update the relevant drivers. You can contact the manufacturer or download the latest drivers from the official websites and install them.
3. Insure No Excessive Activity Meanwhile
Besides, it is possible that there are too many activities running on the USB flash drive at the same time. For example, when you are transferring files between the USB flash drive and computer, if you continue to try creating system image to the drive, you will be subject to this error. In this case, you have no choice but to wait until all the activities are finished.
4. Create Directory in USB Drive
In addition, you can try to fix this error via creating a custom directory in the USB drive. And then share this directory to yourself and set permissions to full control. Later, during choosing backup destination, you could choose “network drive” and browse to your computer and select USB share.
5. Use an External Image Tool
Unquestionably, the worst case is that all the solutions above are helpless. At that time, perhaps your last resort is an external image tool, such as DataNumen Disk Image. It is free of charge and considerably easy to operate. After running it, you can choose your USB flash drive as the destination.
Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including corrupt SQL Server and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com