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I bought a pair of these laptops for the grandkids, age 7 and 9. They are UEFI, GPT formatted.  They have a 500GB HDD and a 24GB SSD that operates ala Intel Smart Response, but with someone elses SRT-type software.  Very nice, and very fast.  But I want to set up an automated backup routine robust enough for a bare metal restore should it come to that.  Their house has a Windows Home Server (WHS) 2011, but that balks at the GPT disk with its 5 or 6 partitions. So I'm looking for software that can handle backing up the whole disk to the WHS storage space over the wireless home network.  Seems there are not many candidate backup programs supporting GPT.  I thought Easeus ToDo would do it - they brag of GPT support - but a search of their site forum found the admission that it can't restore a bootable System partition for a GPT disk. Further searching led me to Macrium Reflect Pro which claims to be able to do it.  
    I thought I would pick your brain for backup solutions for this type of new UEFI, GPT 5 or 6 partition laptops.  This laptop has a couple of restore and recovery partitions, a reserved Win8, a Win8 C: system partition, and a D: data partition.
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Michael Best,  Thanks for the reply.   I went back to the Easeus forum and looked again, and now I find the below from Jan. 6, 2013:
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Sorry for the confusing.

For our version 5.5 product, in fact that it can backup Windows 8 GPT system disk/partition without problem. But when restoration, our product cannot directly restore the backup, you need to manually to create Windows 8 64 bit EFI/UEFI bootable disk for restoring (add our product in this bootable disk is required, you can find our image.iso file in bin folder of EaseUS Todo Backup installation directroy).
You may get some ideas from the link to create Windows 8 UEFI bootable disk:
http://www.servethehome.com/uefi-bootab ... rver-2012/

We know that it is not convenient for the users of Windows 8 64 bit GPT disk, our developers are working on the issue, we hope them can fix it as soon as possible.

If you have additional question, we hope you can send it to our email support@todo-backup.com. So we can help you better.
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If there isn't a more polished solution to my requirement, then I suppose this will do, if indeed it ends up working when I really need it.   But is there something else out there that is both proven and more convenient?
Thanks,
Dave D
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Look on this: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/brh/features.html
It does backup and restore UEFI based configurations of Windows. I made backup and restored it on my newest Sony Vaio laptop  that came with GPT based installation.
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Noxcho,
      Did you restore the whole disk and find it bootable?  That seems to be a non-trivial exercise for some restore programs when dealing with GPT and UEFI.
      Now, if I HAVE to first use a separate tool like a Win8 PE disk to create a bootable replacement disk to restore to, then I will.  But it would be nice to have as little fuss and feathers as possible if one of the grandkids has a hard disk crash or gets a malignant infection.
     Thanks,  Dave D.
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Thanks for the replies and advice.
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