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System Image - Create in Windows 8

  1. #70


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by sunnystaines View Post
    brink the create a disk option at th end of the imag will it be just one dvd i need?
    Sunny,

    I would not recommend to save a system image to DVDs. It will take several DVDs when only about 4.3 GB per DVD, and DVDs are not very reliable at all.

    It's best to only save to a separate hard drive.
    Last edited by Brink; 11 Mar 2013 at 15:57. Reason: added quote

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  2. #71


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    Hi. As a Newbie to Windows 8, I have been learning of 'problems' associated with backing-up Systems that boot Windows 8 via EFI. However, I hope someone (probably our ultimate Guru - Brink) will save me from wasting more time and trying to find an answer that may not even exist!


    Basically, I have a Lenovo Z500 and I would like to produce an external 'ghost' image of the Hard Drive but, as the Laptop is preloaded with Windows 8 which boots via EFI, this is impossible. Correct?

    As I understand it, even if I produced a Backup via Windows 8 (to an external Hard Drive or to DVD's) there is no way to 'copy' such an image back to the Hard Drive as the EFI Menu does not have an option to boot using USB or the DVD. Correct?

    And, even if I changed the BIOS to Legacy Mode in order to boot via the USB or DVD, it is impossible to produce a 'ghost' image of the Hard Drive that will recreate/reinstall the original EFI booting Windows 8 (even if I swithched back to EFI Boot after ' reinstalling the 'ghost' image under Legacy Mode). Is that correct?

    Apologies if this question is too basic for this group of experts, but there just doesn't seem to be a solution to this - unless I have completely missed something? :-)
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  3. #72


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello John, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Yes, you will be able to create and restore a system image using UEFI as well.

    You would be able to do a normal System Image Recovery to restore the image without having to do anything else. In fact to be able to restore a UEFI image, you would need to have your motherboard firmware remain in UEFI mode.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  4. #73


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    Hi, Shawn. Thanks for taking the time to respond and it is good to hear that there is a sloution to my question....but :-)

    Under the EFI Boot Options there isn't the ability to select either USB or DVD as the preferred Boot Source - only Windows Boot Manager or 2 EFI Network options - so how can I stop it automatically going to the original Boot Partition/Windows 8 and instead boot from the USB or DVD?

    I understod that the only way to get the DVD as a Boot Option was to swap over to Legacy Mode?

    Confused I am! :-)
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  5. #74


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    64-bit Windows 10


    No, you can still boot from a USB or DVD at boot while in UEFI mode. Sometimes you may need to disable a "Fast Startup" option in UEFI to allow booting from a USB though.

    It varies by motherboard, but you could press the say F12 key to open the Boot Menu at boot to temporarily select to boot from a DVD or USB flash drive.

    The only problem is that you have very little time to press this key during startup. You're timing has got to be good.


    If able, it's best to use one of the options from within Windows 8 to do the System Image Recovery to avoid trying to do so at boot.
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  6. #75


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    Windows 8


    Thanks, Shawn.

    Evidently there are more hoops to jump through with EFI than is at first evident. I obviously need to dig deeper! :-)
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  7. #76


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome John.
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  8. #77


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 x64, Windows 7 x64 pro


    Hello,

    I was looking for an answer to an issue I've been running into:

    I am trying to make a bootable system image on my new Windows 8 laptop (just like described in option 2 in the OP). Whenever I try to run the backup, I am unable to start the process because there is a yellow " ! " icon with the following text: "Not a valid backup location"

    I was trying to use a 16GB flash drive. I reformatted and checked for errors. This kept happening, so I decided to get a 32GB flash drive, same error. Has anyone else seen this? I would assume if so you were able to fix it, because it looks like you guys are pretty good at figuring out Windows stuff around here.

    Thanks for any info,
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  9. #78


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello b100d, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Sorry, but a system image can only be saved to an internal or external hard drive (HDD or SSD) instead.
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  10. #79


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 x64, Windows 7 x64 pro


    Ok thanks for the info! I thought it would be something like that...

    I am curious: Is it possible to make a system image and then transfer it over to my flash drive? I have way more than enough space on there... Or at least that Macrium software mentioned in the thread earlier. I might try that out.

    Or possibly there is a way to trick Windows into seeing my flash drive as a HDD? Ikd I'm just wondering now.


    At any rate, thanks a lot for the info! I think I'm going to like these forums.
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