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Windows 8.1 recovery partition

  1. #11


    Posts : 23
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Both of the above will make a recovery image from your existing windows installation.

    If you want your recovery image to be the original install media, you can also do that, if you have the original install media.

    Slightly different, but not difficult.
    That's fantastic. Can that Aomei software use DVD I've got for a vanilla recovery partition? I have a clean Windows 8 disc from school

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  2. #12


    Posts : 75
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit


    Since Windows 8 installation is done by you and you are in command, you are well equipped(?) to try the AOMEI One Key Recovery (still in beta-testing) as suggested by SIW.

    As mikiep has pointed out, if your Windows 8/8.1 is an upgrade edition, you may still require the original Windows 7 installation should it become necessary to go through a reinstall - ex.- HDD failed and needs to be replaced.

    If your Windows 8/8.1 is a full pack, then no worries. Clean your HDD, install Windows 8/8.1 and go ahead with AOMEI One Key Recovery.

    I would now suggest this course of action:

    Users in the United States can now request a set of backup discs containing the factory-installed operating system as well as the Resource DVD which contains device drivers and utilities specific to the system. Requests are limited to one (1) set of backup discs per system purchased.
    The backup discs requested must match the operating system that was factory installed on the original order.

    Dell Media Recovery Options and the Request Backup Discs Form | Dell US

    https://www.dell.com/support/diagnos...diagnostichome

    Even if you are not in United States/Canada you can talk to DELL Technical Support and make a request. Usually they oblige. I got the reinstall disk from DELL India without using any influence.(My daughter works for DELL. But they do not know that. It was only when they wanted to courier it to me, I told them to hand it over to my daughter in the same building.)

    Once you have got it, you can confidently remove even the original OEM Dell recovery partition, clean wipe the HDD and go ahead with a clean install with even your upgrade Windows 8/8.1 and use the AOMEI One Key Recovery without fear or favour.

    Let us know how it went. ( Please don' t be in a hurry. Try and get the DELL Install media. Usually they ship it the same day and you will get it in a day or two.)
    Last edited by jumanji; 23 Jul 2014 at 22:47.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 23
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
    Since Windows 8 installation is done by you and you are in command, you are well equipped to try the AOMEI One Key Recovery (still in beta-testing) as suggested by SIW.

    As mikiep has pointed out, if your Windows 8/8.1 is an upgrade edition, you may still require the original Windows 7 installation should it become necessary to go through a reinstall - ex.- HDD failed and needs to be replaced.

    If your Windows 8/8.1 is a full pack, then no worries. Clean your HDD, install Windows 8/8.1 and go ahead with AOMEI One Key Recovery.

    I would now suggest this course of action:

    Users in the United States can now request a set of backup discs containing the factory-installed operating system as well as the Resource DVD which contains device drivers and utilities specific to the system. Requests are limited to one (1) set of backup discs per system purchased.
    The backup discs requested must match the operating system that was factory installed on the original order.

    Dell Media Recovery Options and the Request Backup Discs Form | Dell US

    https://www.dell.com/support/diagnos...diagnostichome

    Even if you are not in United States/Canada you can talk to DELL Technical Support and make a request. Usually they oblige. I got the reinstall disk from DELL India without using any influence.(My daughter works for DELL. But they do not know that. It was only when they wanted to courier it to me, I told them to hand it over to my daughter in the same building.)

    Once you have got it, you can confidently remove even the original OEM Dell recovery partition, clean wipe the HDD and go ahead with a clean install with even your upgrade Windows 8/8.1 and use the AOMEI One Key Recovery without fear or favour.

    Let us know how it went. ( Please don' t be in a hurry. Try and get the DELL Install media. Usually they ship it the same day and you will get it in a day or two.)
    Thanks for the info. As far as windows 8 goes, it is full blown.. initially I did upgrade from 7 to 8, but then I used that feature in 8 to wipe it without deleting My Personal data so there shouldn't be any traces of 7 except for that recovery partition. As far as the disc goes, Dell would ship W7 since that's what it shipped with right?
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  4. #14


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Yes, they would send win7 recovery disc set. If they are doing it free, you might as well get them.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 75
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit


    DELL will send you the OEM Windows 7 Installation disk ( the correct and same edition that was preinstalled on that machine) and not the recovery disk/s.

    It will be a full Windows 7 media much like the usual one you buy but with OEM auto activation built-in. You can do a clean install with that disk and it will auto activate with OEM activation.. You have to download and install the drivers and other DELL software ( if you so require).

    I am still not sure what you mean "full blown". Can you install it on a new system without any previous Windows version and activate it?
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  6. #16


    Posts : 23
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Free software is good. Much like all of the random software suites I've download through Microsoft Dreamspark from my school lol
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  7. #17


    AOMEI Would not use the 24.41GB existing partition (see my previous post). I even tried deleting the volume and creating a new one and it still would not use it.
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  8. #18


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    It could be for any number of reasons. Might be too small for start.

    I just used it. It created a 30gb partition and the image was about 20gb.

    It is obviously calculating the required size. At that point, it knows the amount of used space on the source. It can not possibly know in advance precisely what types of files I have, or exactly what the resulting compressed image size will be.

    It is therefore looking for space large enough to accommodate an image - even if much of the content can't be compressed.

    Perfectly logical.
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  9. #19


    Yup, makes sense. I could try to make it bigger but I think I'll leave it alone. I don't want to mess up the rest of the partitions.

    Acronis did save and restore it for me though which is good to know.
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  10. #20


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Aomei Backupper probably would be fine.

    The one click thing is very basic - intended to be simple.
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