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System Image Recovery - Restore Image on Computer in Windows 8

  1. #10


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Go ahead and post a screenshot showing the full layout of your Disk Management window to see what it says first.
    Here it is Shawn:

    Click image for larger version

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  2. #11


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    Since this was a factory recovery, the Data drive is most likely something Acer uses. Possibly for backups.

    Before just deleting the partition, test by removing only the drive letter to make sure that you have no ill effects from it for a few days.
    If you do, then you could just add the same drive letter back.

    If not, then you should be fine to delete it and extend say F: into it.
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  3. #12


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    W8.1up1 Pro x64 w/media center


    question:

    I see no option in the 8.1 system image recovery to make a recovery DVD. Win 8 using the W7 recovery had this option.

    I still have the W8 recovery DVD but don't know if this would work on 8.1 I ask because maybe the drive doesn't boot at all and doesn't get to any windows recovery. In that case you would need a recovery (boot) dvd with the ability to find and restore the image backed up on anexternal drive.

    This is how Acronis works, it has a small boot system you can add to the computer booting that says to press F11, and brings up the recovery program, But also has a recovery DVD in case, I had to use the DVD before when my system wouldn't even boot.
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  4. #13


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    Hello Hoody,

    That's correct. The option to create a system repair disc has been removed in Windows 8.1.

    Instead, you could create a recovery USB drive for the same thing.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  5. #14


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    Win 8.1


    I have a system image of a running drive C: and I would like to restore it to larger D: drive that has the same NTFS format but is larger and has some data files. It would be convenient to not have to reformat D: (but I could of course offload the files and reformat, and reload). My goal is to have an immediately available emergency backup bootable D: drive should C: fail. But the system restore must not make D the boot drive. I'd like to continue to have C as the bootable drive. Dual boot off C would be nice but not essential. If C fails or otherwise should not be bootable, I would change the boot order in the bios to point to the drive that was D.
    What is the behaviour of system restore to D when there is a C present and is currently the bootable drive ?
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  6. #15


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 bit


    Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Help Forums

    One method I can think of is to mark the newly created partition on your D drive as inactive. That way only the C drive will remain bootable. Should the time come where you want to use the partition on the D drive, you can simply use the same procedure to mark it as active. The above tutorial is for Windows 7, but it should work on Windows 8 as well.

    Another way is to use an imaging software, like Macrium Reflect to create and store an image of your C drive. You can restore that image later to the same drive your OS is currently located, or restore it to a different drive if the old one goes bad. I personally use Macrium and have had great success with it.
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  7. #16


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    Thanks for the info. I will give Macrium a try. I have this nagging concern that system image restores to drive D makes changes so that D becomes the default bootable drive and the D drive OS expects the system to be on D and should it become C (as the C drive has been removed), it has trouble with that. But this might be from my Norton backup or XP experiences. Had 2 SSD based systems go down this week to corruption. Unfortunately one did not have a backup it was so new.
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  8. #17


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by DEdwards View Post
    Thanks for the info. I will give Macrium a try. I have this nagging concern that system image restores to drive D makes changes so that D becomes the default bootable drive and the D drive OS expects the system to be on D and should it become C (as the C drive has been removed), it has trouble with that. But this might be from my Norton backup or XP experiences. Had 2 SSD based systems go down this week to corruption. Unfortunately one did not have a backup it was so new.
    With a system image, you don't need to restore it to your D drive. Just keep making and saving updated images, until something happens to your C drive, which requires a complete restoration, like disk failure, or a corrupted operating system. That is the beauty of having a system image saved. It allows you to restore your system to the way it was at the time you created the image, if and when you encounter problems.
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  9. #18


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Using Powershell scripts, I create system images nightly of our Thinkpad Carbon X1 Touch SSD PCs running Win 8.1 Pro x64, to external passport drives. This works fine and I can mount the backups to restore a file or two, etc.
    Now, I have an extra SSD which I can mount as another external drive. I'd like to "restore" one of my nightly system images to create a new "computer" on this extra SSD -- mostly just to practice in case one of our PCs is really hosed. How do I do this?
    Thanks.
    Lester

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  10. #19


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    Hello Lester, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    I suppose that you could remove the current SSD from one of the PCs, install the extra SSD so it's the only one in the PC, then do a system image recovery as in the tutorial. When finished, swap the drives again.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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