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Partition Based Backup/Restore


TheJoker

New Member
Posts
10
#1
I have a question on ability to restore from an image based backup with a Win 8 compatible backup program (Acronis 2014 Premium), and not fully familiar with EFI. System is preinstalled Windows 8 on Asus F75 laptop, so disk is GPT.

Here are the partitions:
1. 300 MB EFI System Partition, FAT32
2. 900 MB NTFS Recovery Partition (would seem to be the MS Reserved partition)
3. 279 GB NTFS OS Partition
4. 398 GB NTFS Data Partition
5. 20 GB NTFS Recovery Partition

Forgetting about the 20 GB Recovery partition and the Data partition, if I wanted to return to a previous point in time for the OS, would I restore the OS partition (3), the MS Reserved Partition(2), AND the EFI System Partition, or would restoring the EFI System Partition not normally be done or recommended?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win7, Win8
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Asus F75
    CPU
    i5
    Motherboard
    Asus
    Memory
    6GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GT 610M
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky

my2cents

Veni, Vidi, Vici
VIP Member
Guru
Posts
2,191
#2
Hi TheJoker,

I can't comment on Acronis but I do know that when you create a system image using the inherent Win 7 Recovery tool. It cpoies all system partitions by default and restores all partitions by default. See screenshot and good luck.

Screenshot (33).png

Update: It also gives you the option to include additional drives and/or partitions as well but I don't have any of those.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel G2020
    Motherboard
    ASRock B75M-DGS R2.0
    Memory
    8GBs @ 1333 MHz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 840 EVO
    PSU
    400w
    Internet Speed
    57/11