I have a new system image installed on my notebook disk that I would like to save for later restoring. I can only use Windows functions after initialising that Windows installation which I don't want to do. The backup should be the same as when the notebook was sold. So I can only boot from a USB stick to create a disk image to the network.
I cannot open the notebook and read the disk directly. The service centre would have to do that.
There may be a recovery partition on the disk but I'm not going to keep it in normal use later. I don't need to carry it around all day, it's enough if I have that original image at home on the NAS. There's no recovery DVD.
So what options do I have? I basically need to create an image from a local disk to the network, booting from USB. And of course the image must be restorable, so I think it would be the easiest solution if it was compatible with the Windows restore function, which I can already use when booting from USB.