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I bought a Lenovo Ideapad Z500, with Windows 8 pre-installed. I want to create a recovery drive before tampering the partitioning for obvious reasons.

Now, I've got two options for creating a recovery drive:

  1. One Key Recovery 8, which comes with Lenovo laptops.
  2. Windows 7 File Recovery, which is a Windows 8 recovery process itself.

Now, I'm confused as to what to use. At some places I read that OKR 8 will store the factory image stored in the recovery partition, in the recovery drive. And that of course will not contain any updates done by me. But that will be used to reset my PC to original state when I received my PC. Also, OKR allows to do only single backup.

2nd option AFAIK, will be used to create the back up of the system as it is in the current state, so, I can backup all my data and installations that I've performed. Please correct me if I'm wrong here.

Now, what I'm confused about is, what process to follow, so that I can be have the original OS backup, and in addition to that, also the back up of all the modifications I did? So, basically I want to know is, will OKR 8 take the back up of my system data (or is there some way to make it do so)? If not, then how should I go about it.

I also asked this question at the Lenovo forum, but I'm not getting any reply for the last 2 days.

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Recovery partitions can and do get corrupted beyond repair, and there are lots of 3rd party backup tools better than Windows Backup. If you have the space on an external drive use Clonezilla, Acronis etc. to image the drive or at least the system partition. –  Karan May 20 '13 at 15:18

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