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Windows 8 backup utility

Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:11 am

Any recommendation for W8 backup image creator utility is appreciated. Please exclude Acronis and EaseUS which I already tried.
 
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Re: Windows 8 backup utility

Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:50 am

Macrium Reflect Free
 
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Re: Windows 8 backup utility

Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:44 am

Macrium and/or the built in "Windows 7" full system backup built into W8
http://arstechnica.com/information-tech ... -whole-pc/
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Re: Windows 8 backup utility

Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:01 am

Thank you all for your replies.
 
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Re: Windows 8 backup utility

Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:10 am

frumper15 wrote:
Macrium and/or the built in "Windows 7" full system backup built into W8
http://arstechnica.com/information-tech ... -whole-pc/

I assume that the image has to be created on the W8 whose image is to be created. Can the image be restored on any primary partition?
 
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Re: Windows 8 backup utility

Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:29 am

churin wrote:
frumper15 wrote:
Macrium and/or the built in "Windows 7" full system backup built into W8
http://arstechnica.com/information-tech ... -whole-pc/

I assume that the image has to be created on the W8 whose image is to be created. Can the image be restored on any primary partition?


From what I hear - not personal experience - you have to be careful when restoring after using Windows 8's Windows 7 (ugh, the absurdity) image backup. It is apparently a file-based restore and will not automatically reformat the partitions for you. Do your reformatting manually ahead of time.

But really, the availability of Macrium Reflect Free (this is what I use) should make anything else a moot point. In my opinion. It's an excellent solution with many features, reliable, easy to use, very straightforward. And free.
 
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Re: Windows 8 backup utility

Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:39 am

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churin wrote:
frumper15 wrote:
Macrium and/or the built in "Windows 7" full system backup built into W8
http://arstechnica.com/information-tech ... -whole-pc/

I assume that the image has to be created on the W8 whose image is to be created. Can the image be restored on any primary partition?


From what I hear - not personal experience - you have to be careful when restoring after using Windows 8's Windows 7 (ugh, the absurdity) image backup. It is apparently a file-based restore and will not automatically reformat the partitions for you. Do your reformatting manually ahead of time.

But really, the availability of Macrium Reflect Free (this is what I use) should make anything else a moot point. In my opinion. It's an excellent solution with many features, reliable, easy to use, very straightforward. And free.

OK, I will go for Macrium Reflect. Thanks.
 
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Re: Windows 8 backup utility

Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:28 am

flip-mode wrote:
churin wrote:
frumper15 wrote:
Macrium and/or the built in "Windows 7" full system backup built into W8
http://arstechnica.com/information-tech ... -whole-pc/

I assume that the image has to be created on the W8 whose image is to be created. Can the image be restored on any primary partition?


From what I hear - not personal experience - you have to be careful when restoring after using Windows 8's Windows 7 (ugh, the absurdity) image backup. It is apparently a file-based restore and will not automatically reformat the partitions for you. Do your reformatting manually ahead of time.

That's how .wim restore works. OTOH, the advantage is you can restore to any sized partition as long as it is large enough to hold all the files. No need to worry about alignment and all that going from HDD <-> SSD (since you format beforehand with a proper OS, at least that is the assumption).
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Re: Windows 8 backup utility

Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:52 am

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That's how .wim restore works. OTOH, the advantage is you can restore to any sized partition as long as it is large enough to hold all the files. No need to worry about alignment and all that going from HDD <-> SSD (since you format beforehand with a proper OS, at least that is the assumption).

Ah, well, that's an advantage, then. Good to know.
 
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Re: Windows 8 backup utility

Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:28 pm

I downloaded the trial version of Macrium Reflect 5 Professional and tried restoring an image to a dissimilar hardware but this functionality appeared removed from the trial version.

Is there Anyone who used the Macrium Reflect to move an installed W7 system from one motherboard to a dissimilar motherboard?
 
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Re: Windows 8 backup utility

Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:56 pm

Just sysprep the system before you image it.

You don't need Macrium to get that feature.
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Re: Windows 8 backup utility

Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:43 pm

Ryu Connor wrote:
Just sysprep the system before you image it.

You don't need Macrium to get that feature.

Thank you very much for your help. I am aware of the sysprep but never tried. I will certainly try it finally.
 
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Re: Windows 8 backup utility

Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:25 pm

When I tried to launch the sysprep the following is returned. This W7 installation was a clean install. What could be wrong about it.
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Re: Windows 8 backup utility

Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:32 pm

Ryu Connor wrote:
http://tsmithjr-it.blogspot.com/2011/01/sysprep-cannot-run-on-computer-that-has.html

This is my life saver. Thank you very much again for your help.

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