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Disk imaging of windows 8


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#1 Paulito

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 05:32 PM

Hi,

 

I'm looking to create a disk image of my W8 drive on a separate HD, is there any free software that could do this?

 

It's currently 45GB so ideally it would compress as well as create an image, i know expecting a lot for free.

 

Also I'll be installing Linux Mint of the save drive as W8 in order to have something to boot into (for troubleshooting) should W8 go belly up, would the disk image pick up any change in the MBR or does it not work like that?

 

Cheers,

 

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 06:30 PM

 Easeus has a number of such programs.  I've been using Easeus Todo Backup Free for over 2 years, and it works well for me.

 

Good luck.


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Posted 22 July 2014 - 07:13 PM

Hello.  :)

 

A free tool to create a disk image of your hard drive would be Macrium Reflect Free version. There are paid versions of Macrium Reflect, too. There's other disk imaging software such as Acronis True Image, but they're not free.

 

With the disk imaging software, you'll have to select all the partitions pertaining to Windows and Linux. Then proceed to make the disk image. There's a very good tutorial on how to use Macrium Reflect and how to create a disk image.



#4 Paulito

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 12:51 AM

Thanks,

 

I was looking at Macrium but wasn't sure the free version would do what i wanted :-)  Easeus i have to be honest and say i have never heard of, i'll have a read up when i get to work.

 

With the disk imaging software, you'll have to select all the partitions pertaining to Windows and Linux need to image both partitions? or is that just so i get the MBR right?



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Posted 23 July 2014 - 06:22 AM

Select both so you can get the MBR.



#6 Paulito

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 02:52 PM

Well I tried Macrium and can say i was very impressed by it's speed and it's options, especially given that's it's free.

 

One question though, does a 14.7GB image sound about right for a 120GB disk?



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Posted 26 July 2014 - 08:53 AM

Hello

 

Windows does have this feature by itself as well, did you give that a try already? It works really well to my own experience :) Let me know what you think about it Windows System Image



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Posted 26 July 2014 - 03:01 PM

Hi Yuri,

 

Trouble with that is that it is an exact copy in size, Macrium compressed my image quite considerably and at nil cost :-)






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