I have a Samsung ultrabook with windows 7.
I have a windows 8 upgrade key. I now decided to move to Windows 8.1
I was thinking of a clean install of Windows 8.1, formatting my PC
I then realized that If I format, the Samsung recovery will be gone too.
I also thought of the following:
- Do a Windows 7 factory restore (from Samsung recovery)
- Take a backup of Recovery (Optional)
- Upgrade to Windows 8 & then Windows 8.1
With this I will retain the recovery. Unfortunately there is a problem with this. i have a 1TB HDD and when I bought this it came with 1 TB in C:\ . I made a logical partition to C: & D:
Last time when I did a restore from recovery, I lost the D:\ meaning it wasn't showing up. After some days of struggle and running multiple software I got the D: back with all data in tact. Sadly I don't remember the software name.
What all options do I have to do a clean install of Windows 8.1 and
- Retain recovery
- retain D:\ with data