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Backing up Windows on New EFI PC

asked 2014-09-25 02:01:08 -0500

I've just got a new laptop that, as usual, didn't come with any backup media. I'm planning on formatting it and giving Arch a try before coming back to Fedora (probably when F21 is stable). A part of me wants to hang on to the Windows install though just because it's the way the manufacturer gave it to me (and I think it'll help for resale etc.).

It's UEFI though (a new Lenovo) and it's got a hybrid hard drive so I'm wondering whether I can just dd the drive to backup everything or whether that'll even work. Does anyone know about hybrid drives and EFI?

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answered 2014-09-25 04:48:30 -0500

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updated 2014-09-25 15:45:57 -0500

You can use clonezilla - e.g. using the live USB version to do a full disk backup to a disk-image on an external media.

Also, instead of erasing your disk, you may also consider dual-boot option (this is what I did in a similar situation):

  • use windows "disk management" tool that comes with Win7 or Win8 to shrink the window partition(s)
  • proceed with F20 (I would recommend at this moment) or F21 installation.
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Ja, I had thought of shrinking the partition but it leaves Windows wasting 50GB. I just wanted to dd it or something and then leave it on some external somewhere. I went for the shrinking option though. Thanks.

jcuenod gravatar imagejcuenod ( 2014-09-25 13:28:17 -0500 )edit

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