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I've bought an Optical Hard Disk bay to increase space storage of my laptop and now I haven't any way to reinstall my operating system if one day it becomes unusable. So, I tried to create a recovery parition using the method I saw worked on other computers :

  1. Created a new parition (V:)
  2. Copy Windows Setup files on V:
  3. Open Administrator CMD :
    1. V:
    2. cd boot
    3. bootsect.exe /nt60 V:
  4. Mark partition active

I'm using Windows 8 RTM (MSDN) and I try to do it on a second Hard Disk. The thing is, it doesn't work. Parition is unbootable. When I select the hard disk on the BIOS Popup menu it just skip it to the main disk, the one where Windows 8 is.

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The way you are trying to backup your OS seems like a hack. A better way might be to use software that is designed for just that purpose.

Acronis True Image works great for moving images from one disk to another. With a bootable Acronis disk you could create a backup image of the hard drive with Windows 8 RTM installed on it. Then, restore the image to another hard drive. Acronis will let you set the partition size during the restore process among other options.

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This is not what I'm trying to do. It's not a hack, if you can create a bootable USB Stick, why not a partition on a hard-drive ? I don't want to call a third-party software. – Bahaïka Sep 19 '12 at 19:14

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