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how to get Win 8 Recovery partition onto new hard drive

  1. #11


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    I downloaded the 8.1 iso, installed that - after having to change the partition from MBR to GPT - and was not asked for PID, so 8.1 is now on there but no recovery partition - the .iso will have to do if needed in future
    Last edited by pawz7; 09 Nov 2014 at 08:16.

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  2. #12


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    the files on the C:drive were damaged Ztruker, so that was not going to work - but the .iso did
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  3. #13


    Clean install is a better way to go anyway, glad all is working for you now.
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  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by pawz7 View Post
    I downloaded the 8.1 iso, installed that - after having to change the partition from MBR to GPT - and was not asked for PID, so 8.1 is now on there but no recovery partition - the .iso will have to do if needed in future
    That's where Macrium Reflect can help you. I keep 3 rotating backups, over-writing the earliest one. If things go south, you always have a recent image to restore. You'll need an external drive to keep them on.
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  5. #15


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    yes, for your own computer, but this is someone else's. They can see to that. hopefully.
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  6. #16


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    Windows8


    If your computer still recognize the disk, you could clone the whole windows 8 system partition to new drive. Or if you have any system backup, you could recover the system backup to the new hard disk with Macrium Reflect or EaseUS Todo Backup.

    You could try, for I restored my system to SSD successfully. Good luck.
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  7. #17


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    thank you Tommy. I agree with everything you say, and have used Macrium Reflect myself - and before that Acronis. however the C: partition on the disk of this current machine was not accessible, so that wasn't going to work - but it is all sorted now. I downloaded the 8.1 .iso and put that on a DVD, and ran that, fearful that I would be asked for the PID as the machine started life as Windows 8 - but it did not. As the machine is an OEM, it just read the PID from the BIOS and everything went smoothly.
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