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How to backup windows 8

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    How to backup windows 8


    when creating a backup image using acronis or other backup program, do i need to image the entire disk or just the windows partition and hidden (100 meg) partition ?

    Gazzer

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    Hello Gazzer,

    You will need to include all system partitions at least for Windows to be able operate properly when restored.

    If you like, the included System Image feature in Windows 8 will include these by default, and cannot be unselected to make sure that they are included.

    System Image - Create in Windows 8

    and

    System Image Recovery - Restore Image on Computer in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    If you use an OEM imaging program, you can just image the C partition. I would, however, recommend to image the 100MB system partition (which is 350MB now) at least once - in case your disk breaks.

    If you moved your data to another partition, you should periodically back that up too. I use imaging for the data partition because it's easy. But there are many other methods - e.g. sync.

    The imaging program that has given me no trouble at all in Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 is free Macrium.
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    If looking for 3rd party App, I would look for a 3rd party Partitioning,Backup & Cloning software, which fully supports Windows 8, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.
    Which is signed by Microsoft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    If looking for 3rd party App, I would look for a 3rd party Partitioning,Backup & Cloning software, which fully supports Windows 8, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.
    Which is signed by Microsoft.
    And which one is that ??
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    Macrium Reflect recently updated their product (build 5603) to handle Windows 8.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    Macrium Reflect recently updated their product (build 5603) to handle Windows 8.
    I know. But is it "signed by Microsoft" ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    If looking for 3rd party App, I would look for a 3rd party Partitioning,Backup & Cloning software, which fully supports Windows 8, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.
    Which is signed by Microsoft.
    And which one is that ??
    The only two 3rd party software that I know of, that fully supports Windows 8 is PARAGON 12 & SSR Desktop Edition, both are is signed by Microsoft .

    Paragon 12 has support for Windows 8 uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.

    PARAGON Software Group - partition manager, drive backup, hard disk partitioning

    or could consider SSR Desktop Edition

    * Now Released * Symantec System Recovery 2013 | Symantec Connect Community
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    Thanks for the info. Paragon sounds good. The Symantec one I'd rather not touch. Had too much trouble with Ghost 14.
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    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.
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