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System Image - Create in Windows 8

  1. #20


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    Quote Originally Posted by Joan Archer View Post
    Thank you Shawn, glad to be here typing from my Windows 8 Notebook.
    You're welcome Joan. Nice notebook.
    Last edited by Brink; 03 Dec 2012 at 12:08. Reason: added quote

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  2. #21


    Any Help for my Pavilion? No Partition can be made since MBR only allows 4 Primary, and all of those has been taken by the shitty HP_TOOLS and Recovery.
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  3. #22


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    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    Any Help for my Pavilion? No Partition can be made since MBR only allows 4 Primary, and all of those has been taken by the shitty HP_TOOLS and Recovery.
    Not a good idea backup to the same HD Drive, as if your HD Drive goes down so will your backup.
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  4. #23


    Hi Brink - I had the same problem as Carpet Man (posted on November 19, 2012) and found this link that solved the problem. Per Microsoft support: "A change in Windows 8 kernel causes the mounting of raw DVD volumes to fail with a different error code than Windows 7. The new error code is not recognized by "Windows 7 File Recovery", resulting in failure in the backup process." The work-around was to make sure the disc that is inserted was already formatted. I formatted my discs as instructed, and no longer got the error message. So far I am about 75% done with creating the system image and it seems to be working great. (See Creating a system image on Windows 8 may fail if the CD/DVD is not formatted )
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  5. #24


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    Hello intibutnotofit, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Thank you. I added a warning under step 3 for this to help others.
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  6. #25


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    Hi I was wondering if someone could help me. I have recently purchased a new laptop, installed an SSD and I have it running at optimum standard, all programs installed etc.

    now what I would like to do is create a complete backup of that system, so if I was to wipe my computer and reinstall that image it would be exactly how I left it, just like time machine. (I used the 2nd option in the the tutorial but I guess thats just a windows install?)

    Can I do this using windows or is there a program that I need to purchase? I am backing up a 256GB SSD which has two partitions (System and Data) to a 1TB hard drive.

    I've heard that in the event my system fails and I need to restore it will fail as it won't be able to reinstall from the 1TB hard drive to the 256GB SSD, can someone also clarify this for me?

    one other thing, windows 7 seems to create a .VHD where as windows 8 seems to create a Windows Hard Disk Image, I have read that you can mount .vhd's in windows so you can restore individual items but the WHDI doesnt allow this, or so it seems.

    I would really love to have the peace of mind that I can get my system back to how it was without too much hassle.

    Thanks so much in advance
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  7. #26


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    Hello addiosamigo, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    OPTION TWO would be what you would want to use if you only wanted to create a system image of the SSD.

    Creating a System Image using OPTION TWO is a built in feature of Windows.

    Yes, you will be able to image a 256GB SSD to a 1TB HDD. The only thing that matters is that there's enough free space on whatever drive you select to save the image to. It doesn't matter that its SSD vs HDD.

    When you do a System Image Recovery, what matters is that whatever drive you are restoring the image to is at least the same size (ex: 256 GB) as the drive the image was created from (ex: 256 SSD).

    In addition, a system image that was created on a computer using UEFI cannot be restored on a computer using legacy BIOS. It can only be restored on a computer using UEFI.

    Yes, you will still be able to manually extract files from the System Image created by Windows 8 as well. You would do the same as in the Windows 7 tutorial below, but would select to attach the larger .vhdx file in Disk Management instead, and you would have to add a drive letter to it while in Disk Management as well. I'll create a new tutorial for this tonight, and will post back with a link to it when it's ready.

    System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management - Windows 7 Forums



    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  8. #27


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello addiosamigo, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    OPTION TWO would be what you would want to use if you only wanted to create a system image of the SSD.

    Creating a System Image using OPTION TWO is a built in feature of Windows.

    Yes, you will be able to image a 256GB SSD to a 1TB HDD. The only thing that matters is that there's enough free space on whatever drive you select to save the image to. It doesn't matter that its SSD vs HDD.

    When you do a System Image Recovery, what matters is that whatever drive you are restoring the image to is at least the same size (ex: 256 GB) as the drive the image was created from (ex: 256 SSD).

    In addition, a system image that was created on a computer using UEFI cannot be restored on a computer using legacy BIOS. It can only be restored on a computer using UEFI.

    Yes, you will still be able to manually extract files from the System Image created by Windows 8 as well. You would do the same as in the Windows 7 tutorial below, but would select to attach the larger .vhdx file in Disk Management instead, and you would have to add a drive letter to it while in Disk Management as well. I'll create a new tutorial for this tonight, and will post back with a link to it when it's ready.

    System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management - Windows 7 Forums



    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    thanks for getting back to me so promptly, so I would use option 1 then for a total system image? that would include all drives, all files and folders??

    a tutorial would be great!

    edit: Thanks all I was missing was the part about assigning a letter to the drive! it now works

    I would love some clarification on which backup to use to backup EVERYTHING haha

    thanks
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  9. #28


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    You would want to use OPTION TWO for creating only a System Image.

    Windows Backup alone is not an image backup. It's only for selecting to backup folders instead, and not your whole system.
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  10. #29


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    Ok addiosamigo. Here's the new tutorial.

    System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management
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