Hey guys,i got a new hp laptop from ebuyer recently. i have not turned it on yet,so i wanted to know is there anyway i could back up the recovery partition and the local disk partitions on to a external harddrive?
So im assuming i will have to boot from a cd or usb and use some type of software.because i dont want to start the operating system,as it will then come out of that state.
The laptop came with windows 8 and i know that all laptops,when there turned on for the first time will take you through the set-up and the installing of the O/S and all of that stuff.
So i wanted to know if there was a way to capture that state,as i have not even turned it on yet,so im assuming thats how it will start. So i want to back up the partition as it is brand new,so when i need to,i can restore it straight back to that bit of set-up on the first time use if that makes sense.
And i also was wondering how could i back up the recovery partition on the laptop also?
You can use third-party "drive imaging software" to create a backup image of an entire hard drive (all partitions, including hidden ones). However, you'll need a working Windows PC on which to create the boot CD if you don't wan't to setup Windows yet on your laptop.
The drive imaging software I recommend (the only one I use, so I can't recommend anything else) is called Active@ Disk Image: http://disk-image.com/