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2 Questions about Backing Up Windows 8.1

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    2 Questions about Backing Up Windows 8.1


    Hey guys, I got 2 questions for you:

    1) I got a laptop with an ATA drive that I want to backup. Is it possible to make a back up image of this drive onto an old IDE drive? Will there be any issues in restoring since the drives are not the same?

    2) The data on my drive that I want to backup has 110GB. The IDE drive that I want to make the backup image to has 80GB of space. Is this enough to backup my drive?

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  2. #2


    1) No problem, data is data, where it comes from doesn't matter.

    2) It will probably fit if you choose maximum compression using Macrium Reflect Free, don't use the built in backup of 8.1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    1) No problem, data is data, where it comes from doesn't matter.

    2) It will probably fit if you choose maximum compression using Macrium Reflect Free, don't use the built in backup of 8.1.
    Hi Ztruker. Yeah I will use the Macrium Reflect tool. I will definitely stay away from Window's backup tool. Thanks.
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    you might consider having two external HDs, each containing at least one copy of OS and one copy of data partition images. I have found out the hard way that sometimes a backup device is temporarily unreadable, it can be Windows-fixed, but not during backup or restoring.
    Last edited by RolandJS; 24 May 2015 at 20:10.
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    There are free programs out there like Macrium Reflect Free. You can boot that disk and then clone the data to the SATA. The once it is cloned, Removed the old hard drive.
    Once your booted into windows use EASEUS Free Partition Magic alternative and Partition Manager Freeware for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10. to then extend the volume .You can then use that program to Extend the volume size that you want whether it be the entire drive or only a little better and then make the rest for another partition.
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    Just for interest:
    Data is data and the backup media is of no importance. Except that it must be reliable.
    In years past it was common and recommended practice to make backups to tape drives. It was the lowering price of disk drives that made their use popular as a backup media.
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