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Best Method to Create System Recovery


thunderclap

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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?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Update 2 x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z77 Exteme4
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA nVidia 760
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS 23"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    SanDisk Extreme SSD 240GB (OS)
    Western Digital 1TB (Data)
    Hitachi 2TB (Media Drive)
    PSU
    Corsair HX Professional Series 750-Watt
    Case
    Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro Series H80 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Mouse
    Logitech T400

topgundcp

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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.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Brewed
    CPU
    I7 4970K OC'ed @4.7 GHz
    Motherboard
    MSI-Z97
    Memory
    16 GB G-Skill Trident X @2400MHZ
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
    Sound Card
    X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dual HP-W2408
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1200
    Hard Drives
    256 GB M2 sm951, (2) 500GB 850EVO, 5TB, 2 TB Seagate
    PSU
    Antec 850W
    Case
    Antec 1200
    Cooling
    Danger Den H20
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech Performance Mouse MX
    Internet Speed
    35/12mbps
    Browser
    Firefox

Ztruker

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaCenter K450
    CPU
    Intel Quad Core i7-4770 @ 3.4Ghz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    16.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Integrated HD Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP h2207
    Screen Resolution
    [email protected]
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung EVO SATA-3 SSD;
    2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 SATA-2;
    1.5TB Seagate ST3150041AS SATA
    PSU
    500W
    Keyboard
    Wired USB
    Mouse
    Wired USB
    Internet Speed
    3GB Up, 30GB Down
    Browser
    SeaMonkey
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender; MBAM Pro
    Other Info
    UEFI/GPT
    PLDS DVD-RW DH16AERSH

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