Maintenance :: Recovery Disk And System Image

Oct 23, 2013

I am trying to get a handle on how these 2 functions are related. I assume the Recovery disk would be needed if you can't boot to the computer (assume the OS needs to be present) and does the Recovery disk replace the boot files that may be damaged and then after you get booted up I assume the System Image (is that is referred to as a "backup")?? would be ran to get the computer back to the working order when the Image was taken. Assume that the Recovery disk would take place of the OS installation disk if it were not available and you couldn't just reinstall the OS and so you could load the Image.

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Maintenance :: System Image Recovery Can't Find Image On USB Drive

Mar 7, 2013

I've been dual-booting Windows 8 Pro and Windows 7 Ultimate, but a while back my Windows 8 kind of went "South" and wouldn't boot at all (I got an error message that a device was "not attached"). I have a recent system image on an external USB hard drive, but when I boot to "system recovery" using my repair disk it can't seem to find my USB drive at all.

The tutorials here mention installing a SATA driver to access disks that are not recognized, but this doesn't seem to be the case.

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Maintenance :: Create System Recovery Image?

Jul 17, 2013

How Often Do You Create a System Recovery Image?

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Maintenance :: Windows 8 - Creating Recovery Image Of System

Aug 17, 2013

I need creating a recovery image of my system. I would like to create an image recovery drive with just the barebones needed for Windows 8 to run. I all ready have a recovery partition created. I just don't know how to create a recovery image for usage whenever something happens to the system.

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Maintenance :: Windows 8 Pro System Image Recovery Can't See Backup

Jun 25, 2013

I have spent most of the past 12 hours trying to restore my win8pro system from a system image. the image was saved to a usb hard drive. win8pro system image recovery won't see the usb hard drive. I tried copying the backup to a drive on my network, but recovery won't see that either, even when entering the exact path to the backup using the network option. I then tried to copy the backup to a second hard drive, installing that hard drive directly into the machine. no go, wouldn't even recognize the drive.

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Maintenance :: System Image Recovery Password Incorrect?

Oct 31, 2013

I'm running Windows 8.0 Pro 64bit in UEFI mode & I have successfully taken a Windows System Image of my PC in preparation for upgrading to Windows 8.1.

So now I'm testing that I can actually restore my system, so I go to:

PC Settings -> General -> Advanced Startup -> Troubleshoot -> Advanced Options -> System Image Recovery

On the next screen I select my PC Account name (the only account listed) and then enter my password. However, I always get "Password Incorrect. Please try again".

I am 100% certain that I am entering the correct password.

I can restart the PC and login to windows using the same Account & password without any problems. In User Accounts there is only 1 User Account listed which has administrator rights. Nor have I tried to change the password since the System Image was taken.

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Maintenance :: Windows 8 - System Image Keeps Asking For Same Disk?

Apr 2, 2013

I have been trying to a system image (Windows 8) and keeps telling me to insert a blank disk and mark it, Computer Name, Date and Disk #. It keeps telling me to install one and mark it #1 every time the current disk (DVD) is full, also the status bar does not show any advancement in the process. The other 2 machines I have and did a system image on asks you to insert a disk with the numbers going in sequence, 1, 2, 3 etc.

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Maintenance :: System Image Recovery From Network Drive - Not Found?

Mar 25, 2014

I have been routinely backuping my OS and important files using Windows 7 backup on a NAS. It just so happened that I needed to re-image my OS drive and I got into the Windows 8 recovery boot sequence.

Under the Advanced tools I selected the System Image Recovery and tried to look for the system image on the network path. Although the prompt said it was connecting to the network , the network share was not found. the command prompt couldn't ping and netsh wlan <SSID> command did not work in hopes of connecting to my local wifi.

Is there a way to connect to the wifi network where my NAS is connected to in order to re-image from the system image found on the NAS? Luckily , there was an older image on a separate local HDD that I could re-image from but I would prefer if I could connect to the NAS during the recovery process.

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Maintenance :: Creating System Image Of Windows 8 On Dynamic Disk

Jul 8, 2013

I have a laptop that runs Windows 8 (64 bit), and the hard drive is apparently a dynamic (as opposed to basic) disk. My problem comes when I try to make a backup image of my active drive. I know a lot of backup software has troubles making an image of a dynamic disk. Now after researching, I know that Windows 8 comes with its own imaging tool, "Windows 7 File Recovery". I tried to create a basic partition, and used the file recovery tool to create an image file, but the file would not be saved, maybe because the partition itself is on the same dynamic hard-drive (the error said something about the partition not being large enough etc... even though I made it 40GB).

My question is, is the native system imaging tool of Windows 8 unable to copy a dynamic drive, or is it because I need to save the image file to some place other than the hard drive (maybe a whole bunch of DVDs, since it is an option). The last computer that I own is as old as a dinosaur, so I really did not keep up with all these advancement- I just feel that dynamic format is a beast to work with.

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Enable System Recovery Or Recovery Media Creation And Make Recovery Disk?

May 29, 2014

I pay a used laptop Sony Vaio SVF 143100c from china , they install windows 8 Enterbrise and no other software or drivers

when I check I found a recovery volume on the hard disk I assign this volume and copy all the recovery content to external Hard disk, size is 18 GB

and the product key is valid for Win 8 RTM CoreCountrySpecific OEMM,

I don't have a Recovery Media disk or usb to return to Factory condition, how to create a recovery disk to access tis image and re install tis laptop to Factory condition

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Tablets :: System Refresh And Image Recovery On Asus Vivotab

Jul 26, 2013

I have made a System Image & a Custom Recovery Image on my Asus Vivotab but I cannot get the system to recognize them on a USB Hard Drive.

I got into this by testing the Refresh Custom Recovery Image. The system did not find the image as the system allocated a different drive letter so I have basic Refresh. I have found my way to the Administrator Command but cannot find RECIMG on either the x: or C: drives. Do I need a Path Command from System32?

I also have a System image on a USB Hard Drive but cannot get the system to find it. I have tried putting the files folders in the root directory but the system still does not recognise them.

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Maintenance :: How To Create System Image Backup And Move Hidden System Partition

Nov 5, 2013

I am trying to create a system image backup and I keep getting this error message

[COLOR=#FF0000]'Threre is not enough disk space to create the volum shadow copy on storage location. Make sure that for all volume to be backup up, the minimum disk space required for shadow copy creation is available. this applies to both the backup storage destination and volume included in the backup. Minimum requirement for Volumes less than 500 megabytes, the minimum is 50 megabyte of free space. for voulimes more than 500 megabytes, the minimum is 320 megabytes of free space. Recommended at least 1 gigabytes free of disk space on each volumes if volumes size is more than 1 gigabytes (0x80780119)"

I am backing it up to a external HDD with over a tb of free space but I understand its not letting me perform the backup because the hidden 100mb hidden system partition is full...if i create a larger partition how can I copy that system partition to it? if that is possible....

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Network / Sharing :: Restore System Image From Disk That Is Not Shared?

May 15, 2014

I have two hard disks, and I have a system image that I made of the OS, it is stored on the second disk, the one without the OS. Both disks have sharing turned off.

What happens if I can't boot into Windows, and I want to use EaseUS backup to restore my system? Will I be able to access the system image, if I boot from the EaseUS live CD? Or will I be denied access, because it is not a shared disk?

And generally speaking, is it advisable to have sharing turned off, or on? I am not on a network, but I have several user accounts on the same OS. What security settings are good for my situation.

Okay, experience is the best tutor. I booted from the CD to see what would happen, and yes, it can read the system image file off of the hard disk. But I would still like to know what are the security settings for sharing etc.

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Disk Management - EFI System And Recovery Partition

Jan 9, 2014

Can I delete / merge the Recovery Partition into the EFI System Partition?

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Create System Recovery Disk In Windows 8?

Dec 31, 2012

I decided that I should, create a System Recovery DVD for my new computer. However when I try and do it I only get the option to create a recovery USB Drive.

I did that but I'd still like to make a DVD disk.

Ps. I see that my system recovery USB drive has an empty folder called Sources. If I was to place a backup of my C: drive in that folder would it be automatically accessible and usable from the DVD drive?

Hmmm, I can't seem to find a way to use Windows to create a backup of my C: drive either.

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Maintenance :: No Active Custom Recovery Image

Dec 29, 2013

When I entered recimg/show current in elevated cmd , I get the message : There is no active custom recovery image.

However when I checked disk management , I get the following partitions:

EFI System 50mb
OEM 40mb
Recovery Partition 2GB
OS C 50.12Gb
Recovery Partition 5.42Gb

What are in those 2 Recovery Partitions ? Are they the 2 restore points I created? Why is the second Recovery Partition so much larger than the first?

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Maintenance :: Windows 8.1 - Cannot Set Custom Recovery Image

Dec 23, 2013

I created a custom refresh image the day before upgrading to 8.1. I am having shut down and sleep issues with windows 8.1 that I don't have time to troubleshoot any longer and I wish to go back to win 8 for now. I went to check that my image was there and active and this is what i get:

It showed successful when I created it? I can find in in the location that is it supposed to be:


Now I'm stuck. I don't want to use the factory image and reinstall everything, and I can't cope with the bsods and hangs when trying to sleep or shutdown ( I have tried every option in that massive thread about windows 8.1 not sleeping ) ...

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Dell :: Unable To Create A System Recovery Disk

Mar 16, 2013

I have done the partition of HDD of my new Dell inspiron 7520 laptop and now I am not able to create a System Recovery disk nor in USB drive. System keeps on reading the disk or Drive.

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Maintenance :: Acer Desktop - Setting OEM Recovery Image

Jul 10, 2014

I had my Acer desktop come back from the factory a couple of weeks ago. They did a great job in reparing it, however:

When confirming that they had did everything correctly, I out of curiosity, ran the ''reagentc.exe /showcurrent'' command from an elevated command prompt. Whoops, there was no recovery image specified.

After hurting my brain somewhat, I deduced I would need to mount the ''Push Button Reset'' partition with a letter - I used ''Z'' for clarity. *EDIT* So I could locate the folder that the image was stored in, and specify it in the command..** (I used Acronis Disk Director for this simple operation)

I was then able to use the ''REAGENTC /SetOSImage ... '' commmand and specified it in the folder in my OEM Push Button Recovery partition.

My question is this, if I unmount the letter Z, and therefore make it a hidden partition, I guess that Windows won't be able to find it if I need to do a recovery? Would you know of any work a round, or if I could perhaps use another command to specify the OEM recovery image, which is located in that hidden partition.

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Hardware Drivers :: Windows 8 Disk Mirroring / EFI System And Recovery Partition

Aug 9, 2014

I have bought a new PC/Server to be used as a media server, I have 2 x 2TB disks installed which I believe I have mirrored.

See below screenshot.

From the reading and research I have done I don't believe if one disk was to fail the other one would work, I think I may need to mirror the EFI system Partition and Recovery Partition of which I'm not too sure how to do this?

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Maintenance :: Created Disk Image - Empty Restore Point

Mar 2, 2013

I have created two disk images. I deleted the first one but in the restore point pop up the title is still here (but is empty!!! The red one.) How can delete it????

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Maintenance :: Error Creating Backup Image / Not Enough Disk Space

Aug 12, 2013

Since a week is it impossible to make a Win7 Backup Image (Control Panel).

This is the feature that got removed in 8.1 but now (on 8) I'm still using it in case I need to restore the OS.

The message shows this:

"Not enough disk space" but I have 360GB free on one disk and 150GB on another. The image is calculated at 67GB and it worked each time until now.

All OS updates installed.

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Maintenance :: Can't Find Recovery Disk Drive D

Aug 13, 2014

After refreshing my windows 8, i noticed that my second drive i.e recovery disk (D: winretools) is no longer visible in my computer. My laptop model is Dell inspiron 15R

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Maintenance :: Saving System Image To Network?

Mar 25, 2013

In Windows 8 Home (the edition that came with my Dell XPS) there is no option to save System Image to Network, only to Disc or HD.

Is this feature missing from 'Home' version only and is the option to save to Network available in Windows 8 Pro like in W7?

If so what is the best and cheapest way to upgrade (officially, not via torrents) to Windows 8 Pro?

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Maintenance :: Creating System Image In Windows 8

May 2, 2014

Its my first time to create my first system image in my windows 8. Can I exclude a certain file if not how many blank cd's do I need I got 146GB used currently in my C drive and while creating a system image could it take the process an hour or more?

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Maintenance :: How To Create A System Image Backup On 8.1

Jan 4, 2014

Trying to create a System Image Backup on a Windows 8.1 ACER laptop. My latest attempt is to a external hard drive with 3.63 TB free but the backup fails due to not enough disk .

I have attached the full error message.

New to the ways of Windows 8 and this is my first time trying to create a System Image Backup.

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Maintenance :: Windows 8 System Image Fails

Apr 24, 2013

I'm attempting to follow the instructions here, to do a system image of my Dell Windows 8 machine:

Using Windows 8′s “hidden” backup to clone and recover your whole PC | Ars Technica

As I go through the wizard, I arrive at this screen:

I don't have the option to deselect any of these "drives". I proceed with the backup - it chugs along, and then consistently fails here:

"One of the critical volumes is not having enough free space." It doesn't tell me which - but, it's certainly not the OS drive, this is a virgin system.

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Maintenance :: How To Create A Full System Image Of HDD

Jul 10, 2013

So I was just about to create a full system image of one of my HDD's, and I noticed that I have 2 different "system" drives.

My main system drive is the C: Drive, which is the 111.79gig HDD. Im not really sure why the 1TB drive is listed as a system drive, as well as being drive 0. Is there any easy way to fix this so everything to do with the system is back on the 111.79gig C: drive where it belongs?

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Maintenance :: Cannot Recover System Image After Crash

Oct 26, 2013

My system crashed yesterday. I am trying to recover my image. I boot from the recovery CD that I created when created the system image. The system image is stored on an external hard drive. When I try to recover the image it comes up with an error "Network path not found error 0x80070035". I have shared the folder, I have tried everything that I can think of to fix this.

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Maintenance :: Windows 8.1 - System Image Backup

Jun 26, 2014

I own an OEM Machine which is from Acer.

To ask what is probably well known amongst IT pro's; does a system image backup solution (and consequently a restore from that image if needs be) work on OEM PC's, like a desktop from Acer, actually work without problems, and would I get a proper bootable and working machine after restoration.

Brief scenario - I have used Acronis TI 2014 (Or even the Windows 8.1 system image utility) to create an image of my C: Drive/EFI Partition/Recovery Partition - and backed it up to an external USB HDD.

My OS crashes for whatever reason and I can't boot.

I then either use my Acronis bootable media CD (which I've tested and boots despite all the secure boot/UEFI/GPT mania going about users like myself) to reinstall the Acronis disk image.

OR I use a Widnows 8.1 bootable disk with the ISO (which I've tested to boot) to reinstall the Windows created system image. (I could also use the recovery drive I created in Win 8.1, which just to add, however irrelvanat it might be, includes my OEM factory default partition which was copied as part of the recovery flash drive creation)

Would either of those restore solutions give me a reasonably likely working PC again - taking into account all the stuff I don't understand like the Windows 8.1 OEM key being on the motherboard (which I would understand in terms of Windows activation and authentication could have a negative impact on restoring images over an OEM installed OS and it's partitions)....

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Maintenance :: Windows 8 Full System Image

Aug 22, 2013

I have read a lot about windows 8 (and 8.1) and how to make a system image for it.

Well the most people used the 7 file recovery tool in windows 8 to make full system images. But in windows 8.1 it's gone.

Like in this thread: System Image - Create in Windows 8

Now I hear and see everyone making system images with a powershell command.. How to Create and Restore System Image Backups on Windows 8.1

But why doesn't anybody just use the windows 8 (and 8.1) backup function wich also includes a feature called:

include a system image of drives:

It seems to me that if you do this at an clean install it's a lot easier then powershell? (and maybe you can uncheck the backup of files and only include a sytem image?)

I know that at this moment I can still make a 7 file recovery tool image and restore it with windows 8(.1) repair/recovery disc.

But I wan't to know this for the future when I have a system with 8.1 from factory.. (some manufacturers like asus don't provide repair/system restore discs or utils anymore....)

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