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System disk image

  1. #1


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8

    System disk image


    Hi Y'all,
    I'm new to the forum and to Windows 8, and I need some help. I have a new Gateway DX4870 desktop computer running Windows 8. Before I load it up (and possibly screw it up), I want to create an image of the hard drive to DVDís for protection.
    I have used Power Quest Drive Image for years with my Windows XP machine, but apparently that product is now defunct.
    I have tried Nova Backup, Shadow Protect, and Image for Windows. None of these will create a bootable disk to use for restoring an image if Windows is inop. They claim to, and they burn something to disk, and say 'completed successfully', but none are bootable.
    Yes, my computer will boot from a bootable disk. I made one with Recovery Management in Windows just to prove the computer will boot from a bootable disk. It works.
    Norton Ghost and Paragon say they do not support Windows 8.
    Does anyone have successful experience with an imaging backup product which will create a hard disk image to DVD's, and a bootable disk to restore said image on a Gateway DX computer running Windows 8.
    Thanks for any help.
    Cheers Tally

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    There are two aspects to this.

    1) Bootable recovery program. Most imaging products will make a bootable recov cd/flash to load the recovery program into memory. When it has loaded, you can remove the cd/flash

    2) The backup image. This can be placed on an HD,network share, dvd's or usb.

    You navigate to the backup image after booting up the recovery program

    I don't know of any that have them both on the same removable boot media.

    Some will create a special backup partition on an HD - that will contain the bootable recovery program, and your backup images.

    I don't know about Norton , but Paragon HDM Pro and HDM Suite now support win8. The other products will be updated soon.
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  3. #3


    Acronis True Image 2013 supports Windows 8 as well.

    I would not recommend backing up to DVD though. You would be much better off getting an external hard drive and doing a image backup there on a regular basis.
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  4. #4


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Easeus and Macrium also support 8.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 1,339
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 bit


    I have had success creating and restoring system images with Windows 7 File Recovery, which can be found in the Control Panel.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    Quote Originally Posted by LittleJay View Post
    I have had success creating and restoring system images with Windows 7 File Recovery, which can be found in the Control Panel.
    Yep! That's what I use.

    Simple and reliable.

    And works well.

    Had issues with both Acronis and Macrium.
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  7. #7


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    I have been using Acronis True Image for years and am very satisfied with it. I think you can download a trial version of Acronis 2013, install it and then create a Media Recue disk then uninstall it. Acronis 2013 is not exactly working in Windows 8 100%, I had problem with it, there is post in this forum about the problem Acronis caused in Windows 8 and have to uninstall it. But for your purpose, a Recue disk is all you need. I created it using a USB Flash drive and it seems to run faster than a CD. For a new system like yours, it should take less than 10" to create an image file.

    I also agree with Ztruker, don't backup to DVD, use external hard drive formatted with NTFS so that everything is backed up in one single file.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 1,770
    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    I use Paragon Hard Disk Manager, it's very easy to use (much better than Acronis - I have both) and cheaper to boot.

    Cheers

    Ray
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  9. #9


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    Hi Y'all,
    Thanks for all the good skinny. I'm going to try the Windows 7 File Recovery route next since it’s already available. I also already have the System Repair Disk which I think is the one used to restore an image made with Windows 7 File Recovery. Coincidentally, that is the disk which I created to prove that my machine would boot from CD. I was suspecting that I had a problem with that after several software products which claimed to create a bootable disk failed to do so. That was not the problem as my machine does boot just fine from the System Repair Disk.
    So, now if I can successfully create an image which can be restored with the System Repair Disk, I'll be good to go. That would be great since I won't have to find and buy a software program to make backup images. I was not aware of these functions available within Windows 8.
    I also already have an external hard drive which I will use to store my images. I was thinking that DVD's would be more secure because they will not break down as a hard drive might, but I see your point about having the image as one contiguous file. I guess that would be more reliable than spanned files on DVD‘s. You guys are a great help. Thanks!
    Cheers, Tally
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  10. #10


    Posts : 1,339
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 bit


    So, now if I can successfully create an image which can be restored with the System Repair Disk, I'll be good to go. That would be great since I won't have to find and buy a software program to make backup images. I was not aware of these functions available within Windows 8.
    I create a new system image whenever my system is updated, be it with Windows updates, or software installation and updates. So far I have not had any issues with creating, or restoring Windows system images. I think you will find the program pretty straight forward and easy to use.
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