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HELP! How to create image backup and restoration?

  1. #1

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    Windows 8 SL

    HELP! How to create image backup and restoration?

    Hi everybody!

    I'm reading a lot of posts in this (terrific!) forum about Windows 8 image backup and restoration, and now I certainly can say: I AM LOST!!!! There are many posts about this and I don't know what I do.

    I am new in Windows 8, Secure Boot, UEFI bios, etc. and I need some help.

    I have a Windows 8 Single Language (SL) based system (Notebook Acer), that uses Secure Boot in UEFI Bios and has Windows Product Key recorded at BIOS by factory.

    I have a 500GB HDD partitioned in drives C: (228GB), E: (40GB), F: (40GB), G: (78GB) and H: (64GB) and Windows is installed on C: partition.

    I installed and configured all programs that I use and now I want to do an image to be used in cases of HDD damage, Windows crash or other cases that I need install OS and apps again. I want to earn time with this and don't have to install the apps one by one.

    • What is the best option (method) to do backup and restoration of the system?
    • How I use the Boot DVD generated by the backup feature (Windows 7 File Recovery)?
    • Can I do image only of partition C: or I need to include all other partitions?
    • Do I need change the BIOS UEFI to LEGACY BIOS to boot with Windows Boot DVD generated?
    • Do I need to format the C: partition before restore the image? What kind of format I need to use? NTFS? FAT32? GPT?

    I have a lot of friends that are using Windows 8 now and all of them have the same doubts that I have.

    Is it possible to create a new step-by-step tutorial of Backup and Restore process in Windows 8?

    I think it will be very usefull for all users.

    Thanks for all!

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  2. #2

    Posts : 1,093
    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview

    One would need to write a book to type a manual response to all of your questions; however, thank goodness Brink has already done most of the legwork for you. See the Create System Image and Restore System Image Tutorials (in the Backup and Restore category) here:

    Windows 8 Tutorials
    Last edited by JustATest; 21 Jul 2013 at 18:26.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

    You can use the Acer version of
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    warning   Warning
    Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED

    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from your the OEM manufacturer's website.
    Acer | Recovery Media
    Check in Accessories
    or check the main web site.
    Acer Worldwide - Select your local country or region

    You can use the Windows system image.

    System Image - Create in Windows 8

    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

    System Image Recovery - Restore Image on Computer in Windows 8
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