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How to backup windows 8

  1. #11


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by norepli View Post
    Why not just use the built-in Windows 8 Backup Program to create your system image. I've tested it several times by creating several system images and then restoring from same. It is also very fast IMHO and works perfectly. However, I am curious as to why one would choose to use 3rd party software in this case so am I missing something that I should know? Thanks, in advance, for responding.
    In Windows 7, the built-in imaging was not too swift. Had practically no options and was not very reliable. A lot of people got stuck when they wanted to restore. For those poor souls I wrote this tutorial at the time so that they could at least recover.

    I guess then it has become a habit to use alternatives and now people know which alternatives they can trust. Maybe the Windows 8 version is better - I never tried it. I run Windows 8 in VMware and just copy the VMware folder. That beats any imaging.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 1,339
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by norepli View Post
    Why not just use the built-in Windows 8 Backup Program to create your system image. I've tested it several times by creating several system images and then restoring from same. It is also very fast IMHO and works perfectly. However, I am curious as to why one would choose to use 3rd party software in this case so am I missing something that I should know? Thanks, in advance, for responding.
    I have been using Windows system imaging since Windows 7 first came out. For the most part it is pretty dependable, but there were times when I simply couldn't get an image to restore, so I started using Macrium Reflect to create a second set of system images. I am happy to say that I have never once had an image created by Macrium for either Windows 7 or 8 that wouldn't restore. Of course I have Windows 8 installed on an MBR drive, so I don't have any experience with uEFI. That could well be an entirely different matter, especially with secure boot.
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  3. #13


    Thanks whs and Little Jay,

    I didn't realize others were having such difficulty with Windows 7. I'm hoping those problems don't port over to Windows 8 and I certainly hope I don't run into any of them too!

    Thanks again!
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  4. #14


    Oklahoma
    Posts : 10
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center


    My brother and I have both used the backup imaging in Windows 7 with great success, for years prior to Win 7 we used a program called Drive Image by Power Quest who also made Partition Magic. Power Quest was subsequently bought by Symantec and Drive Image is no more.
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by norepli View Post
    Why not just use the built-in Windows 8 Backup Program to create your system image. I've tested it several times by creating several system images and then restoring from same. It is also very fast IMHO and works perfectly. However, I am curious as to why one would choose to use 3rd party software in this case so am I missing something that I should know? Thanks, in advance, for responding.
    More functionality and features mainly. I've used the built-in tool in Windows 7 and didn't have problems. But I "prefer" the way 3rd parties do it with a single backup file that I can copy to anywhere I want. And I can have a single file for end of month December, and a single file for end of month Jan, and a single file for end of month Feb. You cannot achieve this with the built in tool. The third parties also let me do full, incremental or differential backups. The third party tools let me clone directly from 1 hard drive to another.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 65
    Microsoft Windows 8 Pro with Media Center 64-bit


    I have used EaseUS Todo for xp and 7 to clone the HD.

    Is there any reason not to use it in 8
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  7. #17


    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
    Posts : 3,030
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    Should be ok, the site says it supports W8.

    EaseUS Todo Backup Free

    Haven't used this version, according to other members it works fine.
    Have used Macrium Reflect and Aomei with W8.
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