The laptop is an Asus G73SW built sometime in 2010 or 2011. The original HDD is only 500 GB and lately I've been travelling with three external 2.5" drives for photos, videos, and sound samples, and a fourth 3.5" drive for backups.
It's time to move the data into the laptop and reduce the load in my backpack. You'd be shocked how quickly things add up when you're carrying cables, hubs, and power supplies for all this junk. Plus a second laptop for work...and through airports, even!
So the first phase is to put a 1TB drive into that first bay in the laptop. I'm planning to use Macrium Reflect's "bare metal restore" feature, partly because I have not yet tested it and I want to see if it works or if it breaks my Windows 8. I also plan to add a second hard drive right afterward, but that is a customary task for me so it's not the main scope of this thread.Here's my proposed procedure:
1. Use Macrium to take a fresh warm backup image of my Windows partition. This one will not be used for the recovery. (done)
2. Boot to standalone Reflect (USB stick) and take a cold backup image of the Windows partition. This cold image will be the one used for the bare-metal restore. Backup drive is an external 4TB box with a 3.5" drive inside and plenty of freespace. (in progress)
3. Pull the original HDD out of the laptop.
4. Put the new 1TB HDD into the laptop.
5. Boot to standalone Reflect and perform a "bare metal recovery" using the cold image taken in 2 above. The partitions being recovered will be the Recovery and C: partitions. (please see my question below regarding the recovery partition)
6. Add a second HDD and rebuild/enlarge my other partitions with Acronis Disk Director. I won't go into detail here because it would just confuse matters in this thread (I've done all this before anyway).My Conundrum:
The initial recovery partition (the first active partition on the original HDD) is 25 GB, 14 GB in use. It was on the drive from the time that the laptop was a Windows 7 machine from Asus. It is now a Windows 8 machine and I do not plan to go back to Windows 7 for this system. I've been using Windows 8 since the RTM last year, and have decided to stick with it.
If I keep good backup practices, I'll always have a valid current backup, and would never EVER need my old Windows 7 recovery partition, correct? Or maybe Windows 8 Upgrade made some updates there?
Not sure how to proceed here. Do I need to recover the "recovery" partition along with my C: partition? Or leave a blank partition there? Or "other"? And, if I later install a Linux or boot-time tools, will it damage the recovery partition?
I need some help deciding what to do for "the now".
Thanks in advance!