Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


System Image Recovery can't find Image on USB Drive

  1. #1


    Posts : 24
    Win7 & Win8 Dual Boot

    System Image Recovery can't find Image on USB Drive


    I've been dual-booting Windows 8 Pro and Windows 7 Ultimate, but a while back my Windows 8 kind of went "South" and wouldn't boot at all (I got an error message that a device was "not attached"). I have a recent system image on an external USB hard drive, but when I boot to "system recovery" using my repair disk it can't seem to find my USB drive at all.

    The tutorials here mention installing a SATA driver to access disks that are not recognized, but this doesn't seem to be the case.

    Any suggestions?
    Thanks

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Posts : 22,585
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Philppo,

    Double check to make sure that your BIOS or UEFI settings are set to be able to read from USB drives at boot.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Posts : 24
    Win7 & Win8 Dual Boot


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Philppo,

    Double check to make sure that your BIOS or UEFI settings are set to be able to read from USB drives at boot.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Thanks, Shawn
    I tried setting my Seagate USB drive as the first boot device and that didn't work. It's a moot point anyway because I've gone ahead and reset Windows 8 and am now re-installing programs.

    I have a different problem now, though: When I boot into Windows7 and open "My Computer" it looks as it always has, with W7 being on "C" and drive "F" being shown as where W8 is installed -- which is correct (screen shot below)

    Attachment 17965

    But when I boot into Windows8 and open "My Computer", it shows itself being the OS on the "C" drive and does not show the drive where Windows 7 is at all:

    Click image for larger version



    Each OS is on a seperate physical disk and I know there both there as I can boot to either. How can I get W8 to recognize the "missing Disk?
    Philip
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Posts : 24
    Win7 & Win8 Dual Boot


    OK, I went to disk management it showed, so I assigned the first possible letter available to the "unnamed" disk and it shows up fine in "My Computer" now as Disk "L".

    Before I mark this "solved", though, I'd like to ask how much changing and swapping around of disk letters I can do (without getting into trouble, that is...)
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


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


    You're ok - as long as you don't try and change the os letter. I don't think diskmgmt will let you do that from memory.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Posts : 24
    Win7 & Win8 Dual Boot


    Thanks
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

System Image Recovery can't find Image on USB Drive
Related Threads
How to Do a System Image Recovery in Windows 8 and 8.1 This tutorial will show you how to restore the contents of your Windows 8 or 8.1 PC back to how it was at the time a system image was created if your hard disk or entire computer ever stops working. You can only do a system image...
Although I have been able to make a full disk image using the built in "system image" option, I can not find any way to restore it. The recovery options only point to system restore and refresh PC. I'm navigating to <control panel> and then <file history> to access the recovery options. I can not...
Hi, I bought a new laptop with a Windows 8 Pro x64 pre-installed on it. Then I upgraded my OS to Windows 8.1 Pro from Windows Store. After that I thought I'd create a backup of my system so I don't have to re-download the Windows 8.1 upgrade and at the same time having the option to reset my...
Hello all! I have been routinely backuping my OS and important files using Windows 7 backup on a NAS. It just so happened that I needed to re-image my OS drive and I got into the Windows 8 recovery boot sequence. Under the Advanced tools I selected the System Image Recovery and tried to look...
What is there difference in these 2, if any difference at all?
Solved System Image Recovery to new SSD Issues in Performance & Maintenance
I am trying to replace my current system 320GB hard drive with a smaller 256GB crucial SSD and I am getting an error (see attached) when I try to restore the image to the new SSD. I am not sure where to go from here. To give a little background, I shrunk the volume of my 320GB partition to...
Solved system image recovery in windows 8 pro in Performance & Maintenance
Hello I am kasinath. I went thro' the tutorials. After creating system image to an external hard disk from "windows 7 recovery" ,Suppose I am not able to boot to windows 8,the advanced option thro' system recovery option is not available,when we boot thro' system recovery disc,then...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook