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mharris1
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Windows Repair Disk

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Compaq Elite 8200 SFF i5
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

I created a Windows System Repair Disk on a RW-CD using the Windows System Repair Disk creation tool when I was running Windows 7 and it didn't work, i.e. the PC wouldn't recognise it when I tried to boot from it. I then installed the EaseUS free backup software and was able to create a Repair disk which I was able to boot from. I am now running Windows 10 and I have tried several times again to create the same repair disk and it still doesn't work. When I try to boot from it, I get an error along the lines of - Non System Disk, replace disk. I am reluctant to install a 3rd party backup software just to create a the Repair Disk, as the Windows 10 backup software seems sufficient. Can anyone please help me out with this? Thanks

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@mharris1 

First off, I would definitely NOT trust the Windows built-on backup -- it has proven to me to be unreliable when I most needed it.  So, I quit using it entirely.

 

Second, EaseUS makes good products as I use several of them, so I would not hesitate to use their product to create a new Repair Disk.

 

Third, I personally prefer to use third-party Backup solutions as they tend to be both more flexible and more reliable than any built-in solutions.

Macrium Reflect (MR) provides a FREE version that can be used to image and restore partitions or entire drives.

What I recommend is the following:
1) Download and install Macrium Reflect (MR) from here: http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx
2) Run MR and choose the option: "Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows" to write a full backup to an external drive or USB stick
3) Use the option to create a boot USB stick or CD

My experience is that MR, when using the High Compression option, typically can compress the saved image file to about 50% of the USED space in the OS partition. This means if you have an 80GB OS partition, and 40GB is used, MR only needs about 20GB to store the image file.

I use this all the time and it typically takes less than 15 minutes to do the image backup and about the same time or less to do a restore.

Plus, MR has the option to Add a Recovery Boot Menu entry. This allows you then to boot into WinRE, and you can then use that to do a restore -- when you can't boot into Windows!

NOW, you have the means to restore a full working system from the external drive or USB stick in only a few minutes.

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@mharris1 

First off, I would definitely NOT trust the Windows built-on backup -- it has proven to me to be unreliable when I most needed it.  So, I quit using it entirely.

 

Second, EaseUS makes good products as I use several of them, so I would not hesitate to use their product to create a new Repair Disk.

 

Third, I personally prefer to use third-party Backup solutions as they tend to be both more flexible and more reliable than any built-in solutions.

Macrium Reflect (MR) provides a FREE version that can be used to image and restore partitions or entire drives.

What I recommend is the following:
1) Download and install Macrium Reflect (MR) from here: http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx
2) Run MR and choose the option: "Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows" to write a full backup to an external drive or USB stick
3) Use the option to create a boot USB stick or CD

My experience is that MR, when using the High Compression option, typically can compress the saved image file to about 50% of the USED space in the OS partition. This means if you have an 80GB OS partition, and 40GB is used, MR only needs about 20GB to store the image file.

I use this all the time and it typically takes less than 15 minutes to do the image backup and about the same time or less to do a restore.

Plus, MR has the option to Add a Recovery Boot Menu entry. This allows you then to boot into WinRE, and you can then use that to do a restore -- when you can't boot into Windows!

NOW, you have the means to restore a full working system from the external drive or USB stick in only a few minutes.

***If my post helped, click the thumbs-up symbol to say thanks***

***Please mark Accept As Solution if my post solved your problem***

I am a volunteer and I do not work for, nor represent, HP

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Hi WA, thank you for your response. Is it work keeping MS Backup running as a backup to MacriumReflect? Is it even possible to run two back programmes at once?

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