images and partition on Windows 8.1
Posted on 2014-07-21
Before UEFI, I was quite comfortable with creating new partition(s) (up to 4) on Windows systems. Now with UEFI, I'm uncertain about what I can or should not do regarding partitions. I've done some research on this but it is unclear to me. I have a new Lenovo that already has 5 partitions on the HDD created by the manufacturer. It is 1 TB drive and I would like to reduce the primary partition to approx. 800 GB and add a new partition of around 100 GB to store a system image. Here are my specific questions:
1. Should I use the partition manager within W 8.1 to reduce the size of a partition and add a new one?
2. Will I be able to access the image partition should the primary partition become corrupted (meaning unbootable) with some sort of app on a flash drive or CD? If so, what would I use? Can I use the System Restore Disk CD to do this?
3. Is there a free imaging program that the "experts" use? If so, what is it?
Thanks for your help on this.