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Recovery Disk and System Image

  1. #1


    Posts : 68
    Windows 8 64bit

    Recovery Disk and System Image


    I am trying to get a handle on how these 2 functions are related. I assume the Recovery disk would be needed if you can't boot to the computer (assume the OS needs to be present) and does the Recovery disk replace the boot files that may be damaged and then after you get booted up I assume the System Image (is that is referred to as a "backup")?? would be ran to get the computer back to the working order when the Image was taken. Assume that the Recovery disk would take place of the OS installation disk if it were not available and you couldn't just reinstall the OS and so you could load the Image.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Hello Jackman33,

    Here's how it works on Windows 8:

    Once you use the Win 7 Recovery Option to create a System Image, you have three ways to restore that image if required:

    The first method is to create a Rescue Disk which is done as the last step of the System Image creation process or on demand.
    The second method is to create a USB Recovery Drive on demand.
    The third method is to use your original installation DVD and select the repair option.

    All 3 of the above methods are invoked at boot by selecting the BIOS boot menu from the splash screen and then selecting the proper boot device (eg, DVD or USB). It is also important to note that you select the proper boot option that matches your installation configuration (UEFI or Legacy installation). So, if you want to use, let's say, the installation DVD, you might have two options that look something like this:

    Boot from:
    CD/DVD (Legacy)
    UEFI CD/DVD

    However, I would recommend that you skip all the above and make a quick migration to a free 3rd-party System Imaging software because the steps are slightly changed in Windows 8.1 and, in some rare cases, the rebranded System Imaging function doesn't even work properly.

    Latest Win 8.1 ISO "Breaks" System Image Functionality

    I personally use Macrium Reflect free and highly recommend it:

    Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

    Good luck with your decision on this issue.

    my2cents
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  3. #3


    Posts : 68
    Windows 8 64bit


    Thanks...I have been looking at Macrium and I think that is the way to go. The easier you make it the best!

    Appreciate you input.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Jackman33 View Post
    Thanks...I have been looking at Macrium and I think that is the way to go. The easier you make it the best!

    Appreciate you input.
    Glad it helped you make a decision on which way to go and I firmly believe you won't regret it!

    Cheers,

    my2cents
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