#1 By: howtogeek, July 20th, 2013 06:40
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/167984/how-to-create-and-restore-system-image-backups-on-windows-8.1/
We previously reported that the system image backup feature was removed in Windows 8.1. This isn’t entirely true — while the graphical interface for creating system images was removed, you can still create system images with a PowerShell cmdlet.
#2 By: Yousif Anwar, July 20th, 2013 07:58
Microsoft is pushing admins into PowerShell, once they get use to it, it will be easy to switch to CLI tools or .. Linux!
#3 By: Robert Johnsen, July 20th, 2013 12:57
This is ridiculous. Sure, there is a way to do it with Power Shell, and I won't disparage it. But the simplicity of a graphics interface is lost, as is the automatic aspect (Once a week at 7PM on Sunday etc). A more involved Power Shell approach can help there too, you say. But why must we do that, or resort to a 3rd party equivalent? Because MS wants users to "do it their way". Never mind that responsible users have developed a perfectly adequate regimen for backup and recovery - this is new and therefore better, and they don't want you to be able to do it the "old" way. See sentence 1.
#4 By: , July 20th, 2013 16:10
If one is to continue to use MS Windows, it is VITAL now with Windows 8.1 that one learns Power Shell !!
#5 By: theMike, July 20th, 2013 22:00
didn't work. typical of windows 8 multistep tutorials. macrium reflect finished up perfectly
#6 By: Willgeek, July 21st, 2013 00:19
Opinons: is Norton ghost still an option vs the built in window 7 image back-up
#7 By: Naman Sood, July 21st, 2013 01:11
How, exactly, is this different from
recimg in function?
#9 By: henrychapman, July 21st, 2013 15:25
I have four volumes listed in DISK MANAGEMENT. Only the C volume is lettered. Two recovery volumes and one EFI volume have no letters. Is there a way to back these unlettered volumes in 8.1 from the power shell?
#10 By: , July 21st, 2013 17:10
#11 By: Thomas_Kolakowski, July 23rd, 2013 11:10
Also, make sure you create your USB Recovery Drive using the same version of Windows. If you are using the Win8.1 Preview and want to go back to an 8.0 Image you need an 8.0 Recovery Drive. System Image Recovery does not check the version until AFTER it reformats the drive, something I found out the hard way!
#12 By: Thomas_Kolakowski, July 23rd, 2013 11:13
There is a GUI way to do it, but it requires you booting into the System Recovery UI. Not as easy to do as the Win 7 Imaging system that was still available in Win8.
#13 By: Rick, September 7th, 2013 13:13
I used this procedure on Windows 8x64 Pro to do a full system backup and all went well. I am backing up my SSD drive to an external USB 3.0 drive. Through what I hope is coincidence, my HD crashed a few weeks later and I was able to restore using my Win 8 restore CD and the backup I had created so I felt pretty comfortable.
I then built myself a new PC (mostly). New case, system board, processor, new ssd drive and added a new 4TB drive while I was at it. Got everything back pretty much the way I want it and thought it would be good to run a system backup again. When I run the same powershell script and it gets to 97% complete and then pukes with a
"Backup of volume C: has failed. The operation failed due to a device error encountered with either the source or the destination. If the source or destination volume is on a disk, run CHKDSK /R on the source or destination volume, and then retry the operation.
The backup operation stopped before completing.
Detailed error: The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error".
Error logs show the same message. I had Windows run a hardware scan of each drive even though both are relatively new. No errors found. All are ntfs formatted.
I ran the script again and got the same error message at the same point so the problem does appear to be repeatable.
It almost looks like a hardware issue given the I/O device error and I HAVE changed the system board/ssd drive but hard to imagine a problem like this with an ASUS board and Samsung 840 Pro drive. But never say never. I have googled this but not much luck so far.
I realize the title of this article leads me to believe it is for Win 8.1 which I am NOT running but since it all worked so well previously, seems like it should work again.
One thing I just thought of is on my old PC, I didn't have native usb 3.0 on the system board so I had a usb 3.0 card I had installed. This system board does have native usb 3.0 ports on the system board so I am no longer using that card and I have uninstalled the software needed for that card prior to doing the backup.
I noticed ASUS has a turbo boost feature for its usb 3.0 and it was enabled. Disabled it, rebooted the PC, tried the backup again, still has same error message.
Finally, my old system board had the traditional BIOS but the new one has the new UEFI. The only default setting I have changed is I turned off the splash screen.
I am going to continue to look but certainly welcome all suggestions/thoughts. Thanks!
#14 By: Rick, September 7th, 2013 13:53
Update: Using the same script, I was able to backup my SSD drive to my new 4TB drive. Very quick and no error messages. That would seem to indicate the I/O message was referencing the external USB 3.0 drive. Still confusing but at least now there is additional info to ponder/be confused about........
#15 By: HollyLouise, September 13th, 2013 11:57
This discussion caught my novice attention because I have been unsuccessfully attempting to back up my computer for two days and repeatedly get the same error message you give here. I am not a true "geek" and understand very little of the vernacular you use here, but sure would be obliged if anyone could direct me to how to do a standard backup from my Lenovo T530 Thinkpad Windows 7 to a Seagate 4TB external drive successfully. Googling for solutions reaps nothing but a whole lot of folks have been having the same trouble with Windows backups evidently for years! Meanwhile, am just manually copying my Library files over. But I feel vulnerable sould I ever have a real crash. I don't know what I'd be able to get back from my boot disk that I made when I bought this computer which came with NO diskettes, but has what appears to be an empty "Lenovo_Recovery (Q: )" drive. Thanks in advance.