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Can one make a bootable bu win 8.1 hd that can run windows?

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#1 MaryBet82


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Posted 23 July 2018 - 09:53 AM

win 8.1on hp laptop


I'm an ex windows [last os winxp] now a mac user trying to help my sister set up a bu for her 8.1 laptop. With my mac and a program called superduper I can create and maintain a bu on an ext hd that I can run my mac machine from in the event I can't boot into mac from my internal hd. Is there such an option for win 8.1?



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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 23 July 2018 - 10:06 AM

The following programs can create a complete disk image to a USB external hard drive inside of Windows. They also allow the creation of a bootable CD or USB rescue media should the computer no longer boot. They also allow you to mount the image as a virtual drive which will let you explore the image and copy any file out of the image. If the computer does not boot because of a failed drive, install a clean drive, boot the CD or USB, attach the USB external drive, and restore the image. No partitioning or formatting is required. All programs and settings will be intact.


Macrium Reflect Free

Aomei Backupper Standard

Easeus Todo Backup Free


Aomei and Easeus allow file/folder backups both differential and incremental. Easeus being the most intuitive.

#3 medab1


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Posted 24 July 2018 - 09:11 AM

Excellent advice. :)

Learn to take screenshots & add them to your posts. :thumbup2:


Learn to use Google Search.  :busy:

Make full system images to restore to if your computer goes bonkers.

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