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Best Method to Create System Recovery

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    Windows 8.1 Update 2 x64

    Best Method to Create System Recovery

    I just re-installed Windows 8.1 on my ASUS X202E laptop. It was long process since it originally came with Windows 8, so after I installed that I had to install all the patches and updates before I could even get Windows 8.1 from the Windows Store. Then I had all those patches and updates. All-in-all it was a 9-hour ordeal, something I'd like to avoid in the future.

    The computer originally came with a mechanical drive, one I swapped for an SSD. Since I never cloned the original drive I used one of my OEM Windows 8 discs from another system I have. Since the activation key is hard coded into the system this wasn't a problem.

    What I would like to do now, before installing any other software, is create a Recovery Disk/System Image onto a USB flash drive so that if I ever need to re-install again I can cut that 9 hours down. What is the best method of doing this?

    Since I don't have a Recovery Partition the method MS outlines is out, and when I try to create a System Image using this tutorial I'm told the flash drive is not a valid backup location. (It's a 16GB flash drive).

    How do I do an exact copy of the current "vanilla" install (and I use vanilla loosely) onto a flash drive so that I can restore later if need be?

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  2. #2

    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64

    If you've just re-install windows and you have no third party software installed then 16 gb is enough. A Valnilla Windows 8 will take around 8~10GB for the backup image. However, it is better if you have an external HD to backup so it is a lot faster.

    Install: Macrium Reflect Free

    run it, and backup to your USB stick.

    Make a Macrium Rescue disk on a USB and boot up from it in case you want to restore.
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    You did not have to install WIndows 8, all updates then upgrade to 8.1. You could have gone directly to Windows 8.1. Ity would have picked up the embedded key and used it to activate with.

    See Option One here is you ever have to do this again (hopefully not if you use Macrium): Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
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