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Recovery Partition Created By Windows 8 Install

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    Recovery Partition Created By Windows 8 Install


    Windows 8 creates its own hidden recovery partition during the install. In my case, it's 450MB.

    From what I've read, I know not to touch this partition, and I intend to follow that advice. Even so, I'd like to know what's in that partition and how it's used. Can someone provide a concise explanation and/or links where I can learn more?

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    The System Reserved partition holds the boot files & Repair tools.

    System Recovery Options - Boot to in Windows 8
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    You are welcome.
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    Does the computer boot to this partition first, and then hand off to the C:\ drive? I'm guessing that's the case because if Windows 8 fails to start after several attempts, it automatically boots to the advanced boot options screen. If so, and if you were to erase the 450MB (in my case) System Reserved partition, the computer would no longer boot normally and not be able to attempt recovery. (You would have to attempt recovery from a repair disc or drive.)
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    Yes, you right with your homework.
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    Thank you. I really appreciate your help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    The System Reserved partition holds the boot files & Repair tools.

    System Recovery Options - Boot to in Windows 8
    Well that's sort of right and sort of not. I spent all day yesterday trying to copy or migrate Windows 8 from one SSD to a brand new SSD. Apart from having all kinds of hassles, at one stage I just did a clean install onto the new SSD and guess what, no system reserved partition, and yet it booted just fine. I know it wasn't hidden because I checked with partition manager.

    Anyway, has anybody ever copied Windows 8 onto a new SSD and got it to work, because I'm blowed if I can and I've done this hundreds of times with all the other versions.
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    at one stage I just did a clean install onto the new SSD and guess what, no system reserved partition, and yet it booted just fine
    Where is the system partition and the hidden recovery folder?

    Paragon does it fine: PARAGON Software Group - partition manager, drive backup, hard disk partitioning

    There is a free/giveaway/cover version of Paragon Drive Copy Compact 12 floating around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    at one stage I just did a clean install onto the new SSD and guess what, no system reserved partition, and yet it booted just fine
    Where is the system partition and the hidden recovery folder?

    Paragon does it fine: PARAGON Software Group - partition manager, drive backup, hard disk partitioning

    There is a free/giveaway/cover version of Paragon Drive Copy Compact 12 floating around.
    Ive got no idea why there were no other partitions, just one. On the other SSD there were two with system reserved being C.

    I use Drive Image XML and an old version of Acronis and nothing works. I also rang Microsoft and they said I have to pay for another licence if I want to keep both copies going on the one computer.

    I'm not real happy at the moment, all I want to do is put all my stuff onto another HDD, and I'm having huge problems.
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    I might have a go at Paragon I used it years ago, but because DXML is free I've used that for years and its also supposed to be compatible with Windows 8.

    Everything seems to run smoothly as far as copying and backing up go, but it just won't boot, I think it must have something to do with their licensing system.

    i would like to know if anyone else has done this successfully and if so what progs did they use.

    Also once I get it going on the other HDD, I'm going to wipe the original and put it on my wife's computer and buy another Windows 8 licence for her, but if this doesn't get sorted today I'm going over to Apple and not looking back
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