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Restore with USB HDD Question

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    Restore with USB HDD Question


    I have a USB HDD for my laptop (About 1TB). If worse comes to worse, is it possible to restore from System Image that I create on that USB HDD, or does it have to be a USB flash drive?

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    Skeet1983,

    As for a system Restore point I believe that is only able to be stored locally on the drive it is resorting.

    Although you have a few other options that you could use your External Hard drive for example creating a system image on your external drive:

    System Image - Create in Windows 8


    So you can keep restore points on your C: drive and then have a system image on your external drive. This will give a better layer of redundancy.

    Hope that helps,

    Cheers,
    Harry
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    And yes you can restore from a system image on HDD - it doesn't have to be a flash drive. It is probably a good idea to test it before you need to use it to make sure it works. If you have a few hours make a system image and then restore to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeet1983 View Post
    I have a USB HDD for my laptop (About 1TB). If worse comes to worse, is it possible to restore from System Image that I create on that USB HDD, or does it have to be a USB flash drive?
    YES & NO.

    You can have System Image on the USB HDD, but you will need a USB flash boot drive to boot up to restore the System Image.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Skeet1983 View Post
    I have a USB HDD for my laptop (About 1TB). If worse comes to worse, is it possible to restore from System Image that I create on that USB HDD, or does it have to be a USB flash drive?
    YES & NO.

    You can have System Image on the USB HDD, but you will need a USB flash boot drive to boot up to restore the System Image.
    Ok, thank you. Is the USB Boot Drive the same as the Recovery Drive that can be created? How would I go about doing this? A post above said to create System Image on the USB HDD and also need a USB Boot drive.
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    Windows System Image or
    David Bailey post in
    Transfer Windows 8.1 to SSD Help Requested...
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    How do I create a USB Boot Drive?

    Lets say my computer has nothing on it (No OS, drivers, etc). How would I get it to working condition? I know I need to have a System Image, but have no idea how to create the USB Boot drive...
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Windows System Image or
    David Bailey post in
    Transfer Windows 8.1 to SSD Help Requested...
    Earlier, you said I also need a USB Boot Drive... how do I go about making one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Windows System Image or
    David Bailey post in
    Transfer Windows 8.1 to SSD Help Requested...
    Quote Originally Posted by Skeet1983 View Post
    How do I create a USB Boot Drive?

    Lets say my computer has nothing on it (No OS, drivers, etc). How would I get it to working condition? I know I need to have a System Image, but have no idea how to create the USB Boot drive...
    For Windows System Image:
    System Image - Create in Windows 8

    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    without the Recovery partition copy.

    System Image Recovery - Restore Image on Computer in Windows 8

    or

    David Bailey post 21 in
    Transfer Windows 8.1 to SSD Help Requested...

    1) Download the app from the link in the post.

    2) Make the Recovery disk using the winPE5 version.

    Click image for larger version

    or

    I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
    or
    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
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    Transfer Windows 8.1 to SSD Help Requested...
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