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differences between OneKey recovery and win8's "create a recovery drive"? (G500, win8.1)

What are the differences between these two methods? Does win8's native method back up only window's system files? and OneKey recovery method back up entire C disk?

 

Per help doc from win8's "create a recovery drive", it looks like by default Win8 preinstalls a hidden partition on HDD with preinstalled recovery image, and when user creates recovery drive, Win8 will copy the preinstalled recovery image to target backup storage. Is my understanding correct?

 

I tried win8's "create a recovery drive", it said it needs at least 16G space on target USB drive. I tried OneKey recovery, it said it needs 90G space. Does this mean OneKey recovery would backup all files under my C drive?

 

If I just use win8's method, would I have problem if I have to restore the system on a new HDD if the old HDD was dead?

 

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Re: differences between OneKey recovery and win8's "create a recovery drive"? (G500, win8.

hi lenovo-user-kw,

 

Regarding your questions:

1. The difference between OneKey Recovery and "Create a recovery drive" are as follows:

 

OneKey Recovery (OKR)

- can be triggered by clicking the OneKey Recovery inside the OS or by pressing the OKR Button.

- running the recovery triggers the hidden factory default image preloaded in the drive

- using OKR's System Backup method backsup the system partition only (eg. Drive C:\). If you have many files on the drive, you will need an external drive to save the backup.

 

Recovery Drive

- needs to be created within the OS. Can only be triggered by booting from the USB drive.

- on an OEM PC, this requires at least 16GB as it copes the hidden factory default image from the HDD for a full factory restore. Otherwise, 4GB will be enough to create a system repair disc.

 

More info:

Introduction to Lenovo OneKey Recovery 8.0

How to Create a Recovery USB Flash Drive in Windows 8 and 8.1

 

2. There are reports that you can't use the recovery drive with a blank HDD (like in this thread) but ideally, the recovery drive can be used to restore on a blank HDD as discussed in this article.

 

 

Regards



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Re: differences between OneKey recovery and win8's "create a recovery drive"? (G500, win8.

Thanks neokenchi

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Re: differences between OneKey recovery and win8's "create a recovery drive"? (G500, win8.

Adding to the excellent reply by neokenchi as I was struggling with this question, too:

 

In Windows 8's recovery, you will need to create a "System Image Backup" in addition to the recovery drive! or else you will have a very unpleasant surprise if your system breaks and you need to restore it.

 

Another "Gotcha" with Windows 8's recovery is that it creates (formats!) a FAT32 bootable recovery drive, but will refuse to create a System Image Backup on any USB HDD that isn't NTFS.

 

 

You need to create a System Backup with OKR, too, but at least it is presented clearly, side-by-side, when you invoke the OKR tool. Unlike Windows 8's recovery that has the system image creation function hiding somewhere else (File History in the Control Panel).

 

 

 

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