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System Image - Create in Windows 8

  1. #160


    Oh my hell. It's time for a new case. At the time I got my Lancool PC-K62 I thought it was great. Still do, but these are on another plane. That Razer looks like a lot of fun. I still like my Antec 200 with a 3.5" swap bay in front. I use it all the time. So handy.

    Okay, back on topic. If I create an image it "might" work. My HP OEM partition is 20GB. I will read through all the tutorials instead of skimming them. I'll figure something out. Surely MS will fix that soon if it's broken.

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  2. #161


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    I sure hope so, because the manual method to resize the system reserved partition to make it larger to have system image work again is just out of the question for most folks, and can be risky for OEM installations.
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  3. #162


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Hi guys,

    I'm using Win8 Pro x64 and am making system images with the simple Windows 7 File Recovery method. When making a new image I would delete the whole WindowsImageBackup folder first, but this last time it wouldn't make the new image bacause the system reserved partition was full (or something like that), suffice to say I messed it all up and ended up reinstalling Windows.

    Should I delete only the 'Backup date time' folder next time or is that not a good idea either ?

    Thanks.
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  4. #163


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello emperor,

    You have it correct to delete the WindowsImageBackup folder to delete that system image.

    The system reserved partition would be unrelated to you deleting the WindowsImageBackup folder though. This would pretty much be the same issue mentioned in the link in the bottom half of the green information box at the top of the tutorial for not having enough free space in the system reserved partition.

    I would recommend to use one of the free 3rd party image programs mentioned in the same information box.

    Hope this helps.
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  5. #164


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Hello,

    I really don't understand something. Maybe I'm mistaken but I thought my System Reserved had most of it's 350MB free before I made a system image, now it has 109MB free. Are you saying the System Reserved size has nothing to do with using Windows 7 File Recovery to make a system image ?

    In any case, here is my situation:

    I'm using Win 8 Pro (not 8.1) with two physical hard drives. I used Windows 7 File Recovery to make a system image and saved it on the D: drive. Today I'd like to make another system image. I don't need the old one and would like to delete it.

    What should I do ?

    The last time I tried this I deleted the whole WindowsImageBackup folder first, then tried to make a system image but it failed because my System Reserved was too small. I don't want that to happen again.

    Thanks for your help.
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  6. #165


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello emperor,

    Nothing should be saved to your System Reserved partition just for that very reason.

    Double check to make sure that you have system protection turned off for the System Reserved partition, that nothing is saving to the system reserved partition, and that the system reserved partition does not have a drive letter assigned to it to help prevent anything from being saved to it.

    If you created the system image using the method in this tutorial, then you can safely delete the WindowsImageBackup folder to delete that system image.
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  7. #166

    Best Prevention in case of Disaster for Windows 8.1 RT?


    Hey Brink, thanks for the tutorial... it was informative, but I want to ask you what would be best in my situation. (I used to save images on Macrium Reflect Free when I was using Windows 7). Now I've got Windows 8.1 retail installed on both laptop and desktop. I want to know, do I still need to use Macrium to do my backups or is Windows 8.1 now good enough to do some solid image and recovery stuff?

    Also not sure if I were to use Macrium, if I would need to create a rescue media or if I could use Window's built-in Recovery method with the image created by Macrium?

    Is it best to adopt one system ONLY - so create rescue media in Macrium and create image in Macrium.... OR create rescue media in Windows (if thats possible) and create image in Windows.... OR mix and match?
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  8. #167


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hey Orlando,

    Sure, you could continue to use Macrium Reflect for Windows 8.1 as well since you already comfortable with it.
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  9. #168


    So assuming I do create an image with Macrium, do I still need to create the rescue media?
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  10. #169


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    I would recommend to do so to have available if needed. You'll be in a bad spot if you didn't and needed it.
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