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first f many issues with windows 8

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#1 tcortis


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Posted 09 November 2014 - 04:01 PM

I have had a few problems lately with my acer laptop and thought I would back up a copy of my factory settings just in case. I bought a 16 gig flash drive and looked online how to create the back up. When I try to save the factory settings it asks if I want to save the partition  also I keep that box checked and after formatting the flash drive and starts to copy the files it just says there is a problem and won't do anything is this because my flash drive may not be big enough and should I uncheck the box and try it?

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#2 wishmakingfairy


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Posted 09 November 2014 - 05:56 PM

According to microsoft the size of windowssize requirements are:


"Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)"


So, Im going to assume you'd need atleast a 32gb flash drive, but thats only my assumption because of you wanting to save the entire partition.


But then I also see: " The recovery image is stored on a dedicated recovery partition on your PC, and is typically 3-6 GB in size "

Edited by wishmakingfairy, 09 November 2014 - 05:59 PM.

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#3 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 07:27 PM

The last time I did this, on a fairly new laptop, I had to go through the C:\ drive and uninstall some of the crapware installed on it just to get the recovery image down to fit on the 32 Gb drive my friend had. It depends on whether you are making an image of the C:\ drive or of the recovery drive, commonly D:\ on many new laptops.


I believe the image stored on the recovery partition is highly compressed more so than an image of the C:\ drive. Mind you, I might have had an easier time if I had realised he wanted me to make this image before I installed MS Office for him. It's the old story about the difference between what the client says he wants you to do and what he really wants you to do. It really is worth spending five minutes sorting out his wants / desires / wishes before you start !


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