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windows 8 system image backup

  1. #1


    Chennai,INdia
    Posts : 6
    winows 8 pro

    windows 8 system image backup


    Hello my system is dell xps 8300.i have upgraded from windos 7 ultimate(64bit) to windows 8 pro 64 bit.

    My system has 1) dell oem partition (no drive ketter 39MB),2) recovery partition (ntfs no drive letter) 13.25 GB free 2.94 Gb,
    3) C drive windows system partition 100Gb free 31,24 GB
    rest of the two patitions are 175 Gb each (logical drives).

    Total my hard disk capacity is 500GB.

    what is the difference of taking backup and which is better for recovering the system to original state just before the backup.
    1) system image backup(recovery partition & windows sytem partition) using windows 8 system backup..ie using
    windows 7 file recovery menu under control panel.
    2) creating custom recovery image for refresh.(command: recimage -CreateImage)

    I have done both and my backup location is external hard drive of 2TB capacity.

    I made system recovery disk(dvd) from the windows 7 file recovery menu.



    The custom recovery image wim file is of size 22.GB

    The recovery partition backup(vhdx) is of 9GB
    and the windows system partition backup is of 43GB.

    I have also used macurium reflect pro to take backup of my recovery and windows partition using macurium rescue cd.

    kasinath

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


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


    1) system image backup(recovery partition & windows sytem partition) using windows 8 system backup..ie using
    windows 7 file recovery menu under control panel.
    Is best.

    MS will remove it in the next release.

    Fortunately, you have this:

    I have also used macurium reflect pro to take backup of my recovery and windows partition using macurium rescue cd.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Posts : 2,156
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by kasinath View Post
    Hello my system is dell xps 8300.i have upgraded from windos 7 ultimate(64bit) to windows 8 pro 64 bit.

    My system has 1) dell oem partition (no drive ketter 39MB),2) recovery partition (ntfs no drive letter) 13.25 GB free 2.94 Gb,
    3) C drive windows system partition 100Gb free 31,24 GB
    rest of the two patitions are 175 Gb each (logical drives).

    Total my hard disk capacity is 500GB.

    what is the difference of taking backup and which is better for recovering the system to original state just before the backup.
    1) system image backup(recovery partition & windows sytem partition) using windows 8 system backup..ie using
    windows 7 file recovery menu under control panel.
    2) creating custom recovery image for refresh.(command: recimage -CreateImage)

    I have done both and my backup location is external hard drive of 2TB capacity.

    I made system recovery disk(dvd) from the windows 7 file recovery menu.



    The custom recovery image wim file is of size 22.GB

    The recovery partition backup(vhdx) is of 9GB
    and the windows system partition backup is of 43GB.

    I have also used macurium reflect pro to take backup of my recovery and windows partition using macurium rescue cd.

    kasinath
    See my sig.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    MS will remove it in the next release.
    I hope not, I like it. I've been using it since it was first introduced, with only one failure on restore, and that was my fault, not the software's.

    MS will probably claim that 'no-one was using it', but they never actually made much of the fact that it was even there. I still run into Vista
    and 7 users who have no idea of its existence.

    If they do remove it, I have Easeus Backup Manager as a ...well, backup.

    Wenda.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    I use Acronis True Image Home to make my image backups, recovery disks and email backups. The program runs well under Win7 and Win8 and it took less than 10min to image my 120GB SSD, which is 40GB full.Very reliable, as is Macrium Reflect, which I install on PC's that I build for people as Acronis is expensive...
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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