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Booting from CD or USB failure

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    Booting from CD or USB failure


    I have a Dell Studio XPS, I have just installed an SSD for the boot / system drive and am using Windows 8.

    I wanted to make an copy of the SSD for backup. I have tried a number of program which boot from CD or USB but they all start to load and then stop. The software tried is "Mini Tool Partition Wizard", "Driveimage XLM", and others.

    I know the CD boot system works ok as that is how I installed Windows 8 to the SSD and the above software all starts to load and then locks up.

    Any wisdom gratefully received.

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    Did you install Windows 8 in UEFI mode?
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    Not sure, I just connected the SSD and did a clean install from the Windows CD
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    Hi, thanks for the info. I had managed to make an image file by using a program from Seagate which is a cut down version of Acronis.

    But I am interested in why a number of programs failed to run i.e. they started to boot up and then failed on my machine.
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    Do you have a uEFI/BIOS firmware?

    If YES, do have Secure Boot ENABLED?
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    It has bios firmware - the only settings for booting refer to boot priority for hard drives / CD/DVD / Other. There is nothing about secure boot.
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    Try redownloading the software & remake the disc's.
    Make sure your DVD/USB drives are good.
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    I have download "mini tool partition wizard" and it did the same - attached (hopefully) a screen shot of where it stops
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