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Anybody have luck imaging 8 with UEFI, GPT, Secure Boot?

  1. #11


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    The Paragon free versions bootable CD's are Linux, no support for Secure Boot.

    But you can clone a PC with UEFI & Secure Boot.

    How to Migrate OS to new Hard disk.

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  2. #12


    Ok, the issue is now resolved.

    I spent the $39 on a copy of Paragon Backup and Restore 12, created the 64bit WinPE bootable media (USB key), it boots via EFI. I previously booted with my Windows 8 install key, ran diskpart, cleaned the disk so nothing was there, then booted the Paragon key, restored my image and I have success.

    Box is booting again.
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  3. #13


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    That is good news.
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  4. #14


    I bought Paragon last week and all was well.
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  5. #15


    I guess I just saved $39
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  6. #16


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    Thanks for the update Pp.

    Glad it worked for you.

    I have been using Paragon for a few years - great stuff.
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  7. #17


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Can I make a recovery PE disk with the trial? I want to build a machine, sysprep it, shut it off, then image it, then restore it.

    I will pay for it, if it works. I'm not against spending money on software that meets a need.
    Hi there
    Why not use a Windows to Go system --You've presumably got access to a Windows 8 Enterprise system to create one. Then install Acronis on it. You can then use the Windows to Go system as a recovery platform for your main machine too.

    If you don't have access to W8 Enterprise you can download a 90 day evaluation version -- this would certainly allow for adequate testing of various recovery scenarios.

    I think there is a slight confusion here between UEFI / GPT boot and the PROTECTED BOOT.

    If you switch off protected boot ATM 2013 works just fine. I don't like the whole idea of protected boot anyway -- I sometimes want to boot other OS'es on a machine - and while using VM's is normally what I would do sometimes you need to try stuff out on an actual PHYSICAL machines.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  8. #18


    Well, I never upgraded my acronis true image from 2010 to any newer version, so I would have had a money cost here anyway.

    I do have access to enterprise via my MSDN account, and I had not thought of using 8 to go for this. It's a function I have not had any time to play with yet.
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  9. #19


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarka Dal View Post
    You have two choices...
    Either use Paragon on a 30 day free licence.
    or
    Macrium reflect "clone" to a slave drive.
    Shrink with minitool if you need to shrink that is
    Then macrium reflect "Clone drive" back...
    This is interesting. Can Paragon do the same? Specifically, I'm interesting in imaging the entire factory disk (GPT disk including all partitions from the factory) onto a smaller drive I have lying around. Certainly, the amount of data on the factory disk is much smaller than the backup disk, but physically, it is indeed larger. And, would the backup include all the partition information so that all partitions are put back with their exact original sizes?

    If the above is not possible, what about this scenario (if I may be so bold): Let's say I backup the disk from the factory, wipe the EFI/W8 recovery/system partitions, and clean install W8 onto that unallocated space. The W8 install creates new hidden EFI (and other) and system partitions on the drive. If wanted to restore the factory system image back, would I first need to wipe system and hidden partitions and restore the image?

    Essentially, what has me confused are the hidden partitions. Specifically, how does a restore handle pre-existing EFI hidden partitions - are they simply overwritten from the recovery and re-sized if needed? And if the hidden partitions don't exist, such as on unallocated space, does the recovery create them from the backed up image so that the machine boots?
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  10. #20


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    This is interesting. Can Paragon do the same? Specifically, I'm interesting in imaging the entire factory disk (GPT disk including all partitions from the factory) onto a smaller drive I have lying around. Certainly, the amount of data on the factory disk is much smaller than the backup disk, but physically, it is indeed larger. And, would the backup include all the partition information so that all partitions are put back with their exact original sizes?
    Yes, it will also offer the option to increase the partition sizes during restore. if you so wish.


    If wanted to restore the factory system image back, would I first need to wipe system and hidden partitions and restore the image?
    Oem restore programs will usually do all including recreating partitions exactly as the original out of the box state.
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