Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums

Backup and restore

  1. #1

    Backup and restore


    I bought a commercial backup programme when I bought my Windows 8 PC.

    Now, when I need it, I am having difficulties in restoring.

    Is the "Windows 7 File Recovery" which is included in Win 8 a good replacement for commercial programmes such as EaseUS and Norton?

    I would like to trust Microsoft with my file and image backups.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    I am using a free version of Macrium. It's free, fast, reliable
    Macrium Reflect Free - CNET Download.com
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by lumbco View Post
    I bought a commercial backup programme when I bought my Windows 8 PC.

    Now, when I need it, I am having difficulties in restoring.

    Is the "Windows 7 File Recovery" which is included in Win 8 a good replacement for commercial programmes such as EaseUS and Norton?

    I would like to trust Microsoft with my file and image backups.
    Hi there
    What program are you using -- all the recent versions of the standard commercial programs work OK.

    Create a Bootable recovery system, simply boot that and restore the image you made.

    BTW I have some issues with Free Macrium and USB3 devices.

    cheers
    jimbo
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by lumbco View Post
    I bought a commercial backup programme when I bought my Windows 8 PC.

    Now, when I need it, I am having difficulties in restoring.

    Is the "Windows 7 File Recovery" which is included in Win 8 a good replacement for commercial programmes such as EaseUS and Norton?

    I would like to trust Microsoft with my file and image backups.
    Yes, it works OK for me but I just use it for System Imaging. I also agree with topguncp that Macrium Reflect Free is a nice free alternative.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Posts : 1,339
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 bit


    I have used both Windows system imaging and Macrium Reflect to create and restore system images. But prefer Macrium Reflect as I have never encountered a problem with restoring an image, whereas there have been times when an image created by the Windows program did.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Macrium works good.
    See this post about using it:

    How to enable Secure boot on Windows 8 at installaton ?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    I am using a free version of Macrium. It's free, fast, reliable
    Macrium Reflect Free - CNET Download.com
    Thanks
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lumbco View Post
    I bought a commercial backup programme when I bought my Windows 8 PC.

    Now, when I need it, I am having difficulties in restoring.

    Is the "Windows 7 File Recovery" which is included in Win 8 a good replacement for commercial programmes such as EaseUS and Norton?

    I would like to trust Microsoft with my file and image backups.
    Hi there
    What program are you using -- all the recent versions of the standard commercial programs work OK.

    Create a Bootable recovery system, simply boot that and restore the image you made.

    BTW I have some issues with Free Macrium and USB3 devices.

    cheers
    jimbo
    I use EaseUs version 9.2.1. I don't remember the exact wording of the error message but it warned me that the disc layout had changed and asked if I still wanted to proceed.
    Considering that it was stressful enough to have reached the position that I felt that a complete system recovery was necessary, to be faced with a message like that increased my stress levels considerably. Prior to this I had confidence in the product and it was gut wrenching to find that there was now some doubt that the recovery process would work properly. Just at the time when I really needed it. I know that I had changed nothing and the manufacturer's reputation fell to zero as far as I was concerned.
    On a happier note I had some good advice and no longer need a disc recovery, however I will get rid of the offending backup system.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9


    Quote Originally Posted by LittleJay View Post
    I have used both Windows system imaging and Macrium Reflect to create and restore system images. But prefer Macrium Reflect as I have never encountered a problem with restoring an image, whereas there have been times when an image created by the Windows program did.
    Thanks
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #10


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Macrium works good.
    See this post about using it:

    How to enable Secure boot on Windows 8 at installaton ?
    Thanks
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Backup and restore
Related Threads
Hi everyone, I recently upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 OS on my HP Pavilion p6330f desktop PC. Prior to installing the new Windows 8.1 tower, I copied and saved to DVD+R disks my documents, pictures, videos, etc. from Windows 7 OS. Then I tried to install them into my new Windows 8.1 OS...
Backup and Restore after downgrading to 8.1 in Performance & Maintenance
I really loved the feature in Windows 7 (and later in 8) that allowed to make incremental daily image backups of our drives (C: or D:, etc.) using the "Backup and restore" option. Now after having gone to 8.1 I learned that this option is no longer available. Microsoft page suggests using File...
Partition Based Backup/Restore in Performance & Maintenance
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...
Just a quick question..... Why no Windows 8 Backup and Restore Forum? :think: Thanks!
I was having some problems getting a multi boot system up and running with both win 7 & 8 but with some help on this great forum I was able to accomplish that feat. The problem now is... Win 7 is on an ssd by itself. Win 8 is on a 200GB partition of a 1TB drive. I now want to put Win 8 on a...
Solved Windows Backup and Restore in Performance & Maintenance
I am new to Win8 and especially to the UEFI bios on my HP Envy. I immediately created a System Recovery Disk and after a short while of customizing Win8 I did a Windows Backup of where I was at that point to an external HD. My question is did the backup include all of the partitions required...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook