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System Image - Create in Windows 8

  1. #100


    Posts : 28
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Do you still have max disk space set in System Protection to allow enough space for more than one image?
    Yes, it's still set at 20% (558.88 GB) on D:

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    If the image was to be created through Windows Backup Schedule, then it wouldn't create one unless there were changes since the last one created.
    I'm still tweaking, installing and changing every day - in fact, that is why I want daily images, so I can easily go back one day, if necessary - so yes, there are certainly changes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    You might try creating a separate system image to see if it get's added.
    Ok, I tried a manual system image. It already gives a warning (see screen shot) and sure enough, the previous image is gone when the backup is finished.

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    All in all, I still can have daily images by doing your renaming trick but I just would like to be able to trust the standard way so I can rely on it in the future. At least I want to understand why it is not working now.

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  2. #101


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Odd, you seem to have everything set properly, so I'm not sure why it's not keeping more than one system image like it did for me.

    The renaming workaround does work the best though.
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  3. #102


    Posts : 28
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    There are two more things I would like to try before I go the renaming route.

    Although very unlikely, it is possible that Backup only checkes the available space at the moment the backup schedule is created, and not when a certain daily backup actually takes place. Thus, Backup could be unaware that we increased the available space on D: 'behind its back'. That would be illogical since it would not be aware the moment D: runs out of disk space for other reasons but I will try to delete the backup scheme and then recreate it and see what happens.

    Next to that I am going to setup a new backup scheme but now to drive E:, of course making sure that the available space is set correctly before doing that.

    I'll report back when I know more.
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  4. #103


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 Pro


    May be I'm a little slow on the uptake. I have 2 computers that came with Win 7 home. I have upgraded to Win 8 pro (OEM) and would like to write over the factory image on "D" drive when need be, I can recover Win 8. These tutorials all seem to be to DVD or external HD. Can someone please enlighten me.

    Acer laptop
    HP desktop
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  5. #104


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Art,

    The tutorial states that you are able to save a system image to either DVDs (not recommended), an external hard drive (best backup protection), any separate internal hard drive, or to a network location.

    You do not want to write over the factory image on your D: drive though. Without it, you will not have a way to restore Windows 8 back to factory conditions unless you previously created a set of OEM factory recovery DVDs/USB.
    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  6. #105


    Posts : 28
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Just to report back: I haven't been able to get multiple images, even though there's enough space available.
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  7. #106


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Guiri.

    Not sure why since you set the max usage for that drive in System Protection to be large enough to hold them.

    I would recommend to use the renaming method instead. It's more reliable, and don't have to worry about them being deleted when you reach the set max usage.
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  8. #107


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Hi,

    It may be a stupid quesiton, but I have bought a new windows 8 laptop and windows 8 is preinstalled in it. Using the above mentioned steps and by creating back up on another hard disk, will -

    1. I be able to install os on another drive if my current drive fails?
    2. My new laptop drive is 500GB, but I have 120 Gb of spare hdd, will the 120 Gb space suffice for creating system image
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  9. #108


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello keerat, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Q1) Yes. You will be able to do a system image recovery on the same laptop with this image on another hard drive that is at least the same size as the one the image was created from.


    Q2) It depends more on how much is being used on the 500GB hard drive versus what the size of it is. If it's under 110 GB, then you might squeak by.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  10. #109


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Thanks Brink.

    I have gone through the link you mentioned in above comments. So below is my understanding -

    First step is to create a system image as per link - System Image Recovery - Restore Image on Computer in Windows 8

    Second step - as per this thread take a back up on external drive.

    Please advice if my understanding is correct
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