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Solved need help about creating a system image in windows 8


#1
hi its my first time to create my first system image in my windows 8 i wanna know if i can exclude a certain file if not how many blank cd's do i need i got 146GB used currently in my C drive and while creating a system image could it take the proccess an hour or more?
 

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#2
What is your primary objective, backing up personal files or the OS?

What utility/program are you using to create the system image? Windows 8 built-in utility (File History page) or third party program like Macrium, Acronis or other?

The windows built-in utility has limited functionality while third party programs offer many more options.

Considering you want to backup 146 GB +/- of data you might want to use a external USB HDD because 146 GB is going to use a lot of DVD's. Since you have a lot of personal files over and above the OS you might also want to consider creating a separate partition for your personal files which you could back-up separately.
 

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#3
Hi i just want to backup the OS and im gonna use windows 8 built in can i exclude a certain file?
 

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Hi i just want to backup the OS and im gonna use windows 8 built in can i exclude a certain file?
To the best of my knowledge you cannot omit data at the individual file level using the windows 8 built-in system imaging utility. You can include/exclude certain partitions but I think that's about it. Like I said, the built-in utility is short on optional features that's why the suggestion to place your personal files in a separate partition which can then be omitted from the imaging process. Your actual OS is only a small part of your 146 GB. Also I suggest you consider using a large USB flash drive for your storage, it will require a lot of capacity but they are available and much more reliable in my opinion.

There are several very good third party imaging programs that have free versions ( Macrium being one of them) that you could consider as well.
 

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System One

  • OS
    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP 500-075 Desktop + HP 15-f018dx Laptop
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2 GHz Quad Core/ LT - i3-4030U 1.9 GHz
    Motherboard
    Foxcon Joshua-H61-uATX
    Memory
    8 GB/ LT - 6GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD (DX10.1)
    Sound Card
    Integrated IDT 92HD73E
    Hard Drives
    1T HDD, 16G Sandisk Cache Drive, 2T Seagate 3.0 External
    Keyboard
    Wireless
    Mouse
    Wireless
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Norton 360
    Other Info
    CyberPower UPS, Macrium Backup, Revo Pro, Malwarebytes Premium
#5
thanks man i will try one of those you listed
 

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  • OS
    windows 8 single language
    Computer type
    Laptop
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    Sony Vaio/SVE11126CAW
    CPU
    AMD E2 1800
    Memory
    4GB DDR3
    Antivirus
    Avast Free

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