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How DO I test a system Image made with WIn 8.1

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    How DO I test a system Image made with WIn 8.1


    Hi All
    Ok first I am not a techie so I apologize up front.

    I just had my Win 8.1HP desktop crash after a power blip on shutdown. Our power down here in Florida goes out for a 5 sec. period quite often. Just happened as my machine was shutting down updating. When I tried to restart the next day it would not boot, just went into the boot loop. Any attempt to try to restore met with a drive locked error. I did get some help and was able to get a clean 8.1 install. I had a backup that I made using Backup Maker free version but it would not restore. Im guessing because the orig system had an HP restore partition and the clean install did not have one. That changed the physical makeup of the drive and I guess that is why the backup would not restore. I was however able to use file explorer to grab a good bit of data off the drive before I wiped it out with the clean install. That's why I am here. I want to be sure my new image will restore because I am going to grab the Win 10 free upgrade and I am told it is much better than 8.1 I want to be sure my images will work if I need them if something goes wrong with the update. I was able to get 90% of my software reinstalled on my system and all is working like a charm.

    Here is what I would like to do if possible. I currently have a Windows made image file made within Windows. I also have an image made with Macrium Reflect (just happen to have a purchased version). I want to test both of these without actually restoring them to my system drive and without either adding another internal drive or removing the internal drive and swapping it out.
    I would like to restore these images on an USB external 4tb drive to test them and was wondering if that is possible.

    Please if you can help remember I will need to be treated almost as a child. I was good with XP but never kept up with technology and I am stupid with 8.1 so I would need to be led like a child (almost)


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    1st thing you should do is get a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) so the short power outages will no longer have an effect on your computer.

    I don't know of any way to validate a backup image other than restoring it, though Macrium does have a Verify capability though all that does is verify the backup image has all it's bits and pieces, not that when restore all will work.
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    maybe 8 and XP


    Ztruker
    I got a UPS don't want to deal with that again. I won't mind restoring it but I just want to restore it to an external hard drive because I don't want to take a chance on messing up the system now because it's working so good and without knowing if the backup will restore I didn't want to take that chance
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    I was wondering if a Restore can be done to an external hard drive I'm thinking that it almost has to be a system disk and I didn't know if there was any type of workaround to be able to restore to an external hard drive make it like a boot drive
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    I don't think Macrium cares as long as the disk is large enough to hold the restored data.

    To complete the test you would need to then install the drive in the computer to see if it will boot or not.
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    HI
    To complete the test you would need to then install the drive in the computer to see if it will boot or not
    That's what I am trying to avoid. I have all external drives so they cant be put into the system. I read somewhere about Virtual disk. Is that possible and how might that work? Thanks
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    I found the following with a Google search: VHD - Auto-mount at Startup in Windows 8
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    Ztruker
    Thanks a bunch for sticking with this. Funny I just noticed your in Fl too. I am in Ocala a bit north of you.
    I looked at that thread. It sure is very detailed and I could do it. I want to ask about whether that would be a boot drive since it says it is a secondary drive. Would that be seen by the system as a boot drive? It seems if I have figured it out correctly they are also doing this on tablets or a system with SSD drives. My system still uses SATA HD. Not sure if that matters.

    I know I should go ask over at that thread but those guys are a dozen pay scales above me and I tried to follow the posts but got lost very quickly. I do not know if they would have the time to deal with a dumbass that has been using computers since the IBM clones first hit the market but after XP I lost touch with technology and it has passed me by and buried me in the sand.


    • Coming from the era of low tech not seeing my first computer until I was 35 I sure had a late start compared to the newest generation. I still have not embraced social media and just recently started texting because my kids think a cell phone/smartphone is not for talking but it can only text and surf the web. If I want to communicate with them I was forced to text.

      I can read but when I start reading terms that are 100% foreign to me I quickly lose interest and as they say....you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him recycle the bottle!


    PS Just hit me..... if I did the VHD drive would my image even restore on it since my system HD is 1 TB and wouldn't the VHD have to be the same size for the restore to happen? If so it would not restore because I can't make a VHD drive that large.

    See lost in the sand!
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    Ok I have been reading about VHD and so far I have read that without Win 8 Enterprise or Pro it won't boot natively. If I am trying to see if the image is a good one I guess I can't make a VHD that will boot Windows if all I have is Home Edition.

    Guess I have no other choices unless I am wrong as I normally find myself.
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    Read this one, looks like it can be a bootable drive: Windows 8 VHD - Create at Boot to Dual Boot with

    Pro or Ultimate is required it says though.

    Edit: I think for your testing purposes a new 1TB hard drive would be a better choice. Restore to it, boot it and see if it's okay.
    You can get a 1TB Seagate SATA drive for $49.99 with free shipping.

    Once you satisfied your backup is good, use the new 1TB for additional storage or as an external drive.
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