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Partition Based Backup/Restore

  1. #1

    Posts : 10
    Win7, Win8

    Partition Based Backup/Restore

    I have a question on ability to restore from an image based backup with a Win 8 compatible backup program (Acronis 2014 Premium), and not fully familiar with EFI. System is preinstalled Windows 8 on Asus F75 laptop, so disk is GPT.

    Here are the partitions:
    1. 300 MB EFI System Partition, FAT32
    2. 900 MB NTFS Recovery Partition (would seem to be the MS Reserved partition)
    3. 279 GB NTFS OS Partition
    4. 398 GB NTFS Data Partition
    5. 20 GB NTFS Recovery Partition

    Forgetting about the 20 GB Recovery partition and the Data partition, if I wanted to return to a previous point in time for the OS, would I restore the OS partition (3), the MS Reserved Partition(2), AND the EFI System Partition, or would restoring the EFI System Partition not normally be done or recommended?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2

    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1

    Hi TheJoker,

    I can't comment on Acronis but I do know that when you create a system image using the inherent Win 7 Recovery tool. It cpoies all system partitions by default and restores all partitions by default. See screenshot and good luck.

    Click image for larger version

    Update: It also gives you the option to include additional drives and/or partitions as well but I don't have any of those.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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