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Copy setup from one PC to another (w8.1 OEM)

  1. #11


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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    if your using the Free version you should shrink your C:\ partition .
    Thanks Clintlgm. I didn't know I had to adjust C:\ partition manually in order to create space for the recovery partition. After including all the partition in the image... I adjusted C:\ to fill up the SSD capacity . Haven't put in the SSD yet, still some other issues to resolve first.

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  2. #12


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    You can make your own "recovery partition" .Pretty easy, the same way we have doing it since vista. You might best using the clean installation media for that. It should be doable with contents of the existing recov partition as well. What format has the osimage been saved in?
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  3. #13


    Posts : 24
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    You can make your own "recovery partition" .Pretty easy, the same way we have doing it since vista. You might best using the clean installation media for that. It should be doable with contents of the existing recov partition as well. What format has the osimage been saved in?

    Hi SIW2
    This is all new to me, as I have upgraded from XP (and never done images before)!
    I used MRFree, so the images are saved as "*.mrimg". The OEM setup is a 5 partitions GPT disc, with ~16.7 GB in use out of the 17.7GB partition. In addition I have made an Acer OEM recover medium.


    To be honest I do not know what in fact the "Recovery partition" does for me, and what I can do with it
    I need to look at the to tutorials genet referred to .....

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    Update :
    After resizing C:\ and and include all the partitions, I copied the image onto the SSD. Then I replaced the HDD with the SSD an booted up the computer. During startup I hit F2, just to check that the new SSD had replaced the HDD in the boot list (1. "Windows Boot Manager", 2. SSD, 3 ....) . Seems to work great !
    Last edited by skifer; 11 Aug 2014 at 02:17.
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  4. #14


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    Windows 8.1

    How to setup the 2nd HDD for storage ?


    Hi
    and thanks for all the good support this forum and it's members provide !
    I have some follow up questions, as this is all new to me (been "asleep" sine XP SP2 .....)

    1) What to do with all the OEM partitions on the 2nd HDD (original OEM disk, 1 TB) in the optical bay (for storage) ?
    Should I just make 1 big partition for the HDD ?
    - Remove all 4 of 5 partitions, just keeping D\:storage (Diskpart\ list disk\ ....etc \ delete partition override)
    - Quick format ?
    - Will the disk still be GPT or MBR ? (anything to consider ?)

    Status:
    I have transferred all the partitions (incl the 17GB Recovery part) to the SSD.
    As I have 2 identical PC's, made the Acer OEM "Recover medium", taken MR images of both the original OEM HDD & the new 250 GB SSD (OS), I guess keeping the "17GB Recovery partitions" on the storage HDD would be overkill ?

    From what I’ve been able to pick up, I don't want to "mess with users” , or do other “complex” setup, .........

    2) So which folders should I relocated to the D:\ for "Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Videos" and relocated them from C:\ to D:\ ?

    3) What would be the "best practice" for backup in my situation (considering 2 PC + eventually a personal cloud)

    - OBS : I only have w8.1 Core (not PRO , so backup to a network will not be possible from windows, but maybe MRFree)
    - Will this result in having to make different images from "now on" for PC A & B ?
    - Can I exclude the recovery partions, when I now continue to make new backup / images ?
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  5. #15


    My opinion, don't relocate any folders. Leave them on the SSD. There is no need to treat a SSD any different than a regular hard drive any more. Anything you move off of the SSD will load slower and not benefit from having the SSD.

    I use Acronis for backup. Macrium would work just as well.

    My first SSD backup is full (65GB), subsequent backups are incremental (1 to 2GB). Once I get a full and 6 incremental backups, I move that to another drive and start over. That way I always have a minimum of 7 dates I can restore to and usually more.

    I also backup my data drives as needed which are 90GB and 240GB for full. I don't have any incrementals for them yet as I recently started over.

    If thing are different on the two computer then you would need to backup both. If the difference is only data then you would only have to backup data from the 2nd computer and continue to image the 1st computer.

    I would continue to include all partitions in the backup.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 24
    Windows 8.1


    Thank you Ztruker
    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    ... subsequent backups are incremental (1 to 2GB)...... I also backup my data drives as needed
    Incremental backup was the keyword ...I had missed that day in class
    I assume your statement regarding "backup my data drives" ...refers to your personal data located on other HDD (?).
    I need to look more into this, to see the differences between w8.1 and 3rd-party software ...... (probably in the Performance & Maintenance section of this forum)

    I agree, it would be simpler not to relocate any folders... and probably just use the 2nd HDD for "bulk storage" (videos, picture, backup )...

    I'm still interested in guidance regarding partitions on the HDD (storage) disk
    Quote Originally Posted by skifer View Post
    what to do with all the OEM partitions on the 2nd HDD (original OEM disk, 1 TB) in the optical bay (for storage) ?
    Should I just make 1 big partition for the HDD ?
    - Remove all 4 of 5 partitions, just keeping D\:storage (Diskpart\ list disk\ ....etc \ delete partition override)
    - Quick format ?
    - Will the disk still be GPT or MBR ? (anything to consider ?)
    Last edited by skifer; 10 Aug 2014 at 05:03.
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  7. #17


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    Windows 8.1


    ... ???
    Last edited by skifer; 10 Aug 2014 at 09:15.
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  8. #18


    How to partition the 1TB depends on what you want to do with it. If you have two distinctly separate types of data you want to save then two partitions makes sense, though a single partition and unique folder names is also a good way to go.

    The 1TB drive would be a good place to do image backup to also.
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