Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums

Bootable backup on usb

  1. #21


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by kiwig View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    .......
    Probabaly best to do an image type thing, it should only take minutes to restore and get you back up and running.
    ...
    SIW2
    Thanks.
    I'll need some time to digest all that.
    The only 'disadvantage' of the restore an image might be hardware compatibility with a new machine which could be avoided by having a temporarily working setup on a usb.
    Looks like image has to be the way ?
    If you are looking to have a portbale solution, that you can move from machine to machine, then the Windows To Go option is you best solution. Bear in mind that an image restoral to a different machine will literally kill all their specific programs and data and replace them with yours! So, how would you go about restoring "their machine" to its original state and would you have any concerns with regard to "leaving your personal data" on their machine after you moved on? In summary, if you are looking for a solution to move from machine to machine, and this is going to be a necessary function, I would strongly advise you to consider upgrading to Enterprise because I can see where you might be headed for big trouble if you do not. Again, this advice is considering your intent to move about and continue working on someone else's machine.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #22


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


    Windows to go would suit you better than my ideas.
    my2cents is right.
    He has a better grasp of the situation than I do.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #23


    Posts : 31
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by kiwig View Post
    Thanks guys/ladies
    So, out of your answers is my conclusion that there is no option of creating a bootable usb drive, full stop? It would've been to good having a usb 3 with ssd and a OS ready for failure. Documents are easy to backup and restore.
    My OS is the pro version so WindowsTo Go is also not an option. The WTG is not an OS with installed programs, it is the basic OS, isn't it?
    I don't understand what all you are saying here but with Macrium (paid version) I created a bootable usb that contains an image of all my local drives.
    What makes it bootable is Macrium creates an .xml file to accompany the system image.

    I used a 32 GB usb.
    I made the image & .xml file.
    I inserted the usb into the computer & restarted.

    The usb proceeded to reinstall EVERYTHING.
    I had made a new desktop folder after making the image.
    When things were restored, it was not.

    I make new images as time goes by to keep the usb updated with new additions & removals.
    Can you do this with the paid Standard version, or do you need to Pro version?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #24


    Quote Originally Posted by pka4916 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by kiwig View Post
    Thanks guys/ladies
    So, out of your answers is my conclusion that there is no option of creating a bootable usb drive, full stop? It would've been to good having a usb 3 with ssd and a OS ready for failure. Documents are easy to backup and restore.
    My OS is the pro version so WindowsTo Go is also not an option. The WTG is not an OS with installed programs, it is the basic OS, isn't it?


    I don't understand what all you are saying here but with Macrium (paid version) I created a bootable usb that contains an image of all my local drives.
    What makes it bootable is Macrium creates an .xml file to accompany the system image.

    I used a 32 GB usb.
    I made the image & .xml file.
    I inserted the usb into the computer & restarted.

    The usb proceeded to reinstall EVERYTHING.
    I had made a new desktop folder after making the image.
    When things were restored, it was not.

    I make new images as time goes by to keep the usb updated with new additions & removals.
    Can you do this with the paid Standard version, or do you need to Pro version?
    In my case I use Macrium Reflect Pro, and my Images are stored on a 2TB external USB 3.0 hard drive. I have created a USB Boot media that contains the Reflect program to install any of my images to any drive same one or dissimilar hardware. I'm sure you can do this also perhaps only with a DVD Boot Disk? Look at it this way what good would the program be if you couldn't create Restore media? For the $12 difference I bought the pro version. If you look around you'll find 20% off discount or sometimes 30% off just goggle for a discount coupon. I got mine at 30% off.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #25


    Posts : 31
    Windows 8.1


    Guess what I was trying to find out, if those 2 files are enough (image + xml)
    since you mention now also a boot media that has the reflect program on it.
    so you need 3 items then?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #26


    Quote Originally Posted by pka4916 View Post
    Guess what I was trying to find out, if those 2 files are enough (image + xml)
    since you mention now also a boot media that has the reflect program on it.
    so you need 3 items then?
    As I understand Reflect, the XML file is used for updating your image. What is needed to restore a disk Image is and Image and a bootable media to boot you computer into Reflect PE so that you can restore a Disk Image.

    I copied this from the Help files on restoring a disk/SSD

    "In the event of a total loss of the Windows operating system, a PC can be started using the Macrium Reflect recovery media on CD, DVD, or USB stick."


    1. Insert or attach the rescue media (CD, DVD, or USB stick).
    2. Power on the computer.

      By default, most computers check the media for a boot partition before they attempt to boot from their own hard drive. If this is not the case, then Windows PE will not start and you must edit the boot order in the BIOS. Normally, the shortcut key for editing the BIOS is displayed as the computer starts. Refer to the computer or motherboard manufacturer's instructions for more information.

      In some corporate environments, booting from external media is strictly controlled. If this is the case and you cannot find a way to boot from the media, ask your system administrator for help.

      The Windows PE startup screen appears.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #27


    Posts : 31
    Windows 8.1


    Hmm.. that's not how David explains it
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #28


    Quote Originally Posted by pka4916 View Post
    Hmm.. that's not how David explains it
    Here is a link to their KB
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #29


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pka4916 View Post
    Hmm.. that's not how David explains it
    Here is a link to their KB
    I think he is right.
    I had done research on Macrium & found a statement saying the xml made the image bootable.
    On further study that applies to making a vbs or batch file start the recovery.

    I am sorry for the mistake.

    I added this to my boot menu:

    Click image for larger version

    I made a boot dvd too in case I needed it.

    All that is on the recovery usb is the image & xml file:

    Click image for larger version

    The test restore went well.
    I inserted the usb & restarted & followed the prompts & it was done.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #30


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pka4916 View Post
    Hmm.. that's not how David explains it
    Here is a link to their KB
    I think he is right.
    I had done research on Macrium & found a statement saying the xml made the image bootable.
    On further study that applies to making a vbs or batch file start the recovery.

    I am sorry for the mistake.

    I added this to my boot menu:

    Click image for larger version

    I made a boot dvd too in case I needed it.

    All that is on the recovery usb is the image & xml file:

    Click image for larger version

    The test restore went well.
    I inserted the usb & restarted & followed the prompts & it was done.
    Yes I think we are all just learning Reflect, it seems that it is the only back up program that can reliable restore or Clone a UEFI GPT disk.
    I did go have a look at my SSD 256 GB, Image and its is only 28 GB I guess they really must have some good compression.
    I'm just switching over from Acronis just for this NB presently, but I do like what I'm seeing with Reflect and there tech support is outstanding I've always gotten intelligent answers to my questions to them.

    My Boot recovery USB has boot files Click image for larger version however my images are on a separate external drive.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 3 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast
Bootable backup on usb
Related Threads
Here is the situation. I was running Win 7 64 pro with a MS virtual machine running XP 64 pro (the funny one dedicated to XP). The motherboard released the magic smoke. Sacrificing small mammals did not fix it. Current condition. Running Win 8 64 Pro on a new MB (fresh install) with VMware...
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...
Win 8.1 SP1 64 bit bootable iso? in Installation & Setup
Sorry, can't browse well from my phone at work does this file exist anywhere? I have an 8 upgraded to 8.1 but caused all kinds of issues with registries and such. I want to reformat and clean install 8.1 SP1 if possible when I get home.
I read the tutorial on building a Windows EFI USB stick from the Windows ISO. I want to build an EFI/USB from an ISO of a bootable third party application, which is not designed to boot from UEFI. First, I went through the steps in Diskpart. Then, I copied the files from the third party ISO to...
Solved Add new bootable HD in Drivers & Hardware
I removed the HD from my Dell, which has Windows 7 on it, and would like to install it into a new Windows 8 Gateway I picked up. I want this HD to be the main drive, and I want to save all the information on it. I plan to wipe the Gateway HD and have it as a storage disk. I installed the HD into...
Solved Windows 8 bootable DVD in Installation & Setup
Hi, :think: i want to make a windows 8 bootable installation DVD using the setup files stored in my computer which i have previously copied from win 8 dvd. But i don't have the win 8 boot information file or .bif file to make a bootable disk. can anybody know where to download that .bif file or...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook