05-24-2014 11:24 AM
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?
05-27-2014 08:51 AM
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.
- 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.
12-21-2014 12:57 PM
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).