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    I am dual-booting Win7 and Win8. From within Win8 I am trying to do a system backup of just my Win8 system. However, it won't let me chose just the Win8 partition. Is there any way to do this? Thanks, Rod

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    Hello Rod,

    Not with the built-in System Image feature in Windows. By default, all system drives are included in the system image and cannot be unselected since they are required for both Windows to run properly.

    This was done to make sure you didn't miss including anything in the system image, and not having it work when needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Rod,

    Not with the built-in System Image feature in Windows. By default, all system drives are included in the system image and cannot be unselected since they are required for both Windows to run properly.

    This was done to make sure you didn't miss including anything in the system image, and not having it work when needed.
    So, I cannot do it with the built in system image feature.
    That implies that there is another way to do it?
    Perhaps a free way to do it?

    Thanks,
    Rod
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    Yep, but be sure that you also include your boot partition as well.
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    Click image for larger version
    This is what my disk management shows.
    The C and D drives are my Win 8 and Win 7 partitions.
    E and F are a separate drive.

    What is the best way to be sure?

    Thanks,
    Rod
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    I assume you want to image just the win8 (C) and not the 60gb New volume?

    You can do that - and it should be fine after restore - but it will still be dependent on the 60gb new volume being ok. To be extra safe, I suggest making win 8 (C ), the system partition.

    It will be independent then and allow much more flexibilty.
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    Here is what happened, the full story.
    I purchased the Win8 upgrade CD from a local Microcenter. Since they had the disks for $40 I figured it was a great deal and better than doing the online upgrade, as I would have the DVD.

    My wife's computer is identical to mine. I built them both from parts at Newegg. They were running Win7 64 bit.
    On my computer, I put the extra partition of 60 gigs on disk 0 so that I could run the Win8 beta.
    That is what shows up as the current C:
    The only part I want/need to backup is the current C partition.

    When I ran the 64 bit Win8 DVD, for the heck of it I ran it from the Win8 beta, expecting it to fail. But it didn't, it ran through with no problem. But it did not give me any options to save personal files or settings, nor the option to do a "Clean" install.
    I still have a Windows.old folder, though...but it has nothing in it as I had nothing under the Win8 beta that I intended to keep.

    When I ran the upgrade on my wife's computer (a second 64 bit DVD, trying to be completely legit here), I ran it under her Win 7 and it again ran just fine. The only option it gave me was to save personal files and settings, which it also stored under the Windows.old.

    Now, I want to do a system backup so that I don't have to install Win7 in order to run the Win 8 upgrade, but I am not sure if that is necessary either. Regardless, I want to run the backup just to make life easier and not have to redo Outlook and other settings.

    Hope this all makes sense.

    Rod
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    Rod,

    You're in luck. You can do a clean install or upgrade install with a upgrade copy of Windows 8. No need to install Windows 7 first.

    I'll let Simon continue about "Macrium Reflect" for the system image. He has more experience with that program that me.
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    I think he's trying to avoid reinstalling and setting everything up again - hence the image backup.
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