Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


creating a system image of Windows 8 on a dynamic disk

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8

    creating a system image of Windows 8 on a dynamic disk


    Hi, I have a laptop that runs Windows 8 (64 bit), and the hard drive is apparently a dynamic (as opposed to basic) disk. My problem comes when I try to make a backup image of my active drive. I know a lot of backup software has troubles making an image of a dynamic disk. Now after researching, I know that Windows 8 comes with its own imaging tool, "Windows 7 File Recovery". I tried to create a basic partition, and used the file recovery tool to create an image file, but the file would not be saved, maybe because the partition itself is on the same dynamic hard-drive (the error said something about the partition not being large enough etc... even though I made it 40GB).

    My question is, is the native system imaging tool of Windows 8 unable to copy a dynamic drive, or is it because I need to save the image file to some place other than the hard drive (maybe a whole bunch of DVDs, since it is an option). The last computer that I own is as old as a dinosaur, so I really did not keep up with all these advancement- I just feel that dynamic format is a beast to work with. Any help in the matter is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Posts : 467
    Windows 8 Pro


    Making a backup to an external USB disk (relatively cheap) or even to DVDs is always a good idea anyway , otherwise , if the internal disk goes down , you've lost your backup...

    I make 3 backups , 1 on a seperate internal disk , then copy that to my networked storage drive (kept elsewhere in the house) and also to an external ESATA drive.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    I know a lot of backup software has troubles making an image of a dynamic disk
    Why did you convert your Basic HDD to dynamic?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    I know a lot of backup software has troubles making an image of a dynamic disk
    Why did you convert your Basic HDD to dynamic?
    I didn't. I didn't even know what dynamic disk was. That was how the computer was out of the box. I would convert it back to basic but I would most likely lose all of my data.

    So can the utility in windows 8 actually make a backup of a dynamic disk? Thanks!
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

creating a system image of Windows 8 on a dynamic disk
Related Threads
Hello, I have the following issue. I have backed up drive letter C; which has windows 8.1 on it using recovery-> system image backup and selected partition Gthe same HDD). I then realized that I am running out of space on that partition. Right click on WindowsSystemImageBackup folder (partition...
I couldn't repair/replace my laptop's corrupt files doing an sfc or dism scan and had to do a reset as I couldn't do a refresh. I thought my laptop was clean when I created my last system image, last month, but when it came to using the system image I realised there was corrupt files on there too...
hi its my first time to create my first system image in my windows 8 i wanna know if i can exclude a certain file if not how many blank cd's do i need i got 146GB used currently in my C drive and while creating a system image could it take the proccess an hour or more?
Issues while creating Windows 8 System Image in Performance & Maintenance
Hi, I started to use the "Create System Image" of the "Windows 7 File Recovery" on my Windows 8 laptop. But after the screen which flashes the total size that would be required, when I ask it to start the process expecting it to prompt me for the 1st DVD, it flashes the message, - "The back-up...
I have tried creating a system image in Performance & Maintenance
Hello, new to forum and new Win 8 user. I have tried creating a system image using this program but without success. I have an Asus X202E laptop and am trying to create the image on a 1TB USB hard drive. Everything goes well for a few seconds after the backup starts (the progress bar goes about...
System disk image in Performance & Maintenance
Hi Y'all, I'm new to the forum and to Windows 8, and I need some help. I have a new Gateway DX4870 desktop computer running Windows 8. Before I load it up (and possibly screw it up), I want to create an image of the hard drive to DVDís for protection. I have used Power Quest Drive Image for years...
Solved creating system image backup in Virtualization
Host OS : Win 7 Home Premium Guest OS : Win 8 installed inside VMware player. Question : I have been doing system image backup weekly on my host OS. Do I need to do the same on my guest OS too ? t-4-2 Editing ....
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook