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#1 karib

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 17:34

I want to take a system image in windows 8.
I have problem taking it.

Some questions about it, either it functions well or not:
-Does this feature actually works or not?
-Does it take image of everything in my system? I mean my windows settings, applications, custom preferences, personal files etc.
-If I ever need to restore an image, will I have completely my windows machine back?
-Or is it only a backup with limited features?

Now I should describe the problem.
First of all, it cannot take backup to usb stick, eventhough it is bigger size than the occupied size of the hard disk.
Because of this, I have to use external hard disk, because I want to take a system image of a laptop.
Neither works too!
See the screenshots for yourself.
Why this happens?

If I try to take the image in dvds, at the end, even though I want to avoid this mess, can I copy them afterwards to an external hard disk as separate folders (named like 'dvd1' dvd2' etc) to keep them there? I guess I can, but my question is if this strange windows backup procedure, will read these separated image sections that I would have copy to hard disk from dvds.
My question is about restoration. I do not want to keep a dozen of dvds for the system image. Even if I do it, I want it to be temporary. But, what happens If I ever need to restore them?

Of course, the best solution it would be to take an all in once system image to the external hard disk, but I didn't manage it.
No usb stick usage, no external disk too. Usability goes away dear microsoft.

I hope I can get some help from you about this problem and finally manage to take a system image.

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#2 Gotenks98

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:06

skip the system partition, it just gets recreated anyways. Just do the c: drive. Alternatively you could do a recimg which basically takes a snap shot of your apps but not the data. Its good if you want to just refresh the pc without having to reconfigure everything. As for the imaging you were doing, its a great way to back your system too because its a bit for bit image. I have used this in the past in windows 7 to get my sytem backup and running.

#3 OP karib

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 16:22

I just tried to make it again.
The system partition cannot be unchecked. It is not allowed. So I can't skip it.

What is the recimg and how can I do it?
I am concerned mainly about the whole system settings and application, with their settings too. I can backup my data separately.
But I want to be able to have my machine back in an hour, without having to configure everything, every single detail, from the start.
I want all system/os settings and all apps with their settings, backup.

So what can I do?

#4 OP karib

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 17:05

Do I have any hope for solution? :(

#5 Neu B

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 12:42

You need to assign a drive letter to System Reserved in Disk Management window.

#6 hamslammer

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 13:13

Use a real backup solution like Acronis True Image. I'd totally stay away from the Windows backup solution.

#7 OP karib

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 20:28

You need to assign a drive letter to System Reserved in Disk Management window.


You guess that this may cause the problem?


Can you please tell me one good application, that it is tried from you or people you know in restoration process?
I need something reliable. If I ever need it, to be able to restore.
For example, I had a bad experience with acronis trueimage.
So it doesn't matter to take a bootable image. It does matter to have in hands a reliable image, for any case of restoration.
Can you please suggest me something like that?

#8 scaramonga

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 20:33

True Image 2012 been great for me :) Was a lifesaver after installing Windows 8. Restored my Win7 image in minutes and saved me a whole lot of heartache.

#9 Neu B

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 20:34

Not guessing. I ran into the same problem a while back.

#10 Gotenks98

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 18:13

No need to pay for something that windows can do natively. Just assign the drive letter and try it again and let us know if you can do it then. As for as the recimg thing you want to do a google search for it. Its essentially the same thing the OEMs use now with windows 8 to create a custom recovery image When you refresh your pc (not reset your pc) it uses that image to restore things. Keep in mind its not for your data but for applications and the OS.

#11 OP karib

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 18:26

You need to assign a drive letter to System Reserved in Disk Management window.


No need to pay for something that windows can do natively. Just assign the drive letter and try it again and let us know if you can do it then.


Unfortunately it does not worked for me. Windows gave error again although I assigned a drive letter.

#12 Gotenks98

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:45

Let me ask you this, is the drive you are backing up to formatted as ntfs? I know for some reason it only backups up to that format on a drive. Also if this is a usb drive make sure you are giving it enough power. I had issues with usb drives in the past if I used the front ports which dont have enough power like the ones directly on the motherboard. Lastly did you just try it on the drive with just windows on it.

#13 OP karib

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 13:57

The backup drive is in ntfs format. It is an external usb hard disk.
The computer I want to backup is a netbook.
I also did not understand your last phrase "did you just try it on the drive with just windows on it."

#14 Gotenks98

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 04:14

The backup drive is in ntfs format. It is an external usb hard disk.
The computer I want to backup is a netbook.
I also did not understand your last phrase "did you just try it on the drive with just windows on it."

I mean just the c: drive and not that system partition that windows creates during the install. That partition is usually like 100mb or so. The reason I say that because that partition just gets recreated anyways during reinstall so its not really that important.

#15 OP karib

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 15:58

I wonder why I am not able to take a system image backup in windows 8.
What goes wrong?