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Problem Restoring System Partition Image

  1. #1


    Posts : 10
    W8.1

    Problem Restoring UEFI System Partition


    Hi,

    There seem to be a lot of threads on this general subject but they all seem to focus on using the built in W8 function. I've not been able to find one that addresses my issue. So, sorry if this has been asked before.

    Using a User Profile tool and experimenting with copying profile settings, I managed to corrupt my W8.1 install. I thought, no, problem, I'd made images of the system partition and I would restore one of those.

    Upon attempting to copy one of those image files back to the system partition, I found my machine unbootable.

    I used Aomei Partition Assistant to create the image and to copy it back. Aomei though requires that the destination partition be deleted before it will copy and I think that's the root of the problem. I suspect that Aomei destroys the hidden UEFI partitions in the process which renders the machine unbootable. I did check with Diskpart and could see that I no longer had four partitions after the above which does indicate that Aomei did trash one of the other partitions.

    I have now used my bootable install media to make a new windows 8 instal on the machine. I can see with Diskpart that the machine again has the four UEFI partitions.

    So, now I'm ready to try again to copy my backup system partition to the new system partition. I had put in lots of work updating to 8.1, installing software, and customizing settings, etc. so I'd rather not reinstall everything again!

    The question is how to do this without messing it up again. By the way, windows own "restore from image" function will not allow me to select my Aomei created drive image.

    My thought right now is to find a different partition copy tool which will allow me to OVERWRITE the new system partition on the machine (as said Aomei Partition Assistant does not allow this). The old version of Norton Ghost would do that, but my only copy is floppy based and this new MOBO doesn't even have a floppy connector.

    Two areas where I need advice:

    1. I'd appreciate advice on the best next steps. I do want to maintain the setup as UEFI and I'm wondering whether there's anthing else I need to know about UEFI installs that would suggest another approach.
    2. If indeed I can solve this by overwriting the partition (instead of deleting and creating a new one), I'd appreciate a recommendation for a bootable tool (USB or CD) that will help with this.


    Thanks!
    Last edited by jonnyz2; 06 Mar 2014 at 15:36. Reason: apparently my original post is not clear enough

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Macrium Reflect Free is what I'd try. When you make the image just click on the top left where it says to the effect "create an image that can save and restore Windows." To make the boot media you need to download the WinPE. But the boot creator does that for you. The download is around 370 MB or so. But on my Laptop it took only about 10 minutes to download.

    If you have USB you can make a boot USB with the restore image on it. I'd recommend getting a 32 GB USB stick. Of course you could store the image on an external USB. That way you can use a smaller USB stick just for booting.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 10
    W8.1


    Just to clarify....

    Right now I want to restore an existing partition clone. I have a clone/image of the System partition and I want to use it to restore my computer. I am not currently looking to create a new image of the new install.
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  4. #4


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    Windows 8.0 x64


    I'm not familiar with the tool you used. According to the product site it does support GPT partitions. I think I would post here:
    Experience Exchange - aomeitech
    as there are guaranteed to be users of that imaging software. Also someone else may chime in here.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 10
    W8.1


    MilesAhead: It doesn't seem that you are tracking to my original post.

    This is NOT an Aomei question. I've already said that tool cannot do what I think is the right next step.

    I have an image of a windows 8 system partition and I believe I need to clone that image over a new windows 8 system partition.

    My first question was what are the best next steps to use that system partition backup image under these circumstances. That's a Windows 8 question. It's also one that I believe is particularly related to W8 UEFI install. I don't fully understand the purpose of the 4 partitions created by an UEFI install and in part am looking for guidance that my theory for how to proceed is correct.

    Second, if cloning over the new system partition is the correct route, I'm asking for advice on what tool will ALLOW (because Aomei will not) an OVERWRITE of the new system partition. I will need a CD bootable or USB bootable tool.

    Thanks.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    I used Aomei Partition Assistant to create the image and to copy it back.
    I'll let someone else take it from here as I think we are at an impasse.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyz2 View Post
    I don't fully understand the purpose of the 4 partitions created by an UEFI install
    Windows 7/8 setup: Installing using the MBR or GPT partition style.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    I used Aomei Partition Assistant to create the image and to copy it back.
    I'll let someone else take it from here as I think we are at an impasse.
    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyz2
    This is NOT an Aomei question. I've already said that tool cannot do what I think is the right next step.
    If the image was not made with AOMEI, which imaging APP did you use?
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  9. #9


    Posts : 10
    W8.1


    Thanks!



    If the image was not made with AOMEI, which imaging APP did you use?
    I wonder if the word "image" has different meanings. I have a full, uncompressed, clone of the original system partition that I want to restore to the machine. So, it does not matter how it was created.

    Unfortunately, the tool that I have used won't allow me to overwrite the NEW system partition.

    I'm still wondering if folks agree that overwriting the new system partition is the correct next step.

    Also, any advice on an appropriate tool for that would be appreciated.
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  10. #10


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Unfortunately, the tool that I have used won't allow me to overwrite the NEW system partition.
    I am not aware of anything that can do that from within windows. You need bootable media.

    Take your pick, there are lots, including Aomei.
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