I have read many of the posts about making image backups of a LINX 8.and had not been able to get a clear understanding if it is possible. I know you can reset the Linx 8 to its original state using the recovery partition etc.
I read quite a few web pages on other wimboot PCs and I found one that (cant remember url) that indicated if you do not mess up the basic partition layout structure, you could just backup the C drive partition only.
The biggest issue seemed to centre around booting a USB in 32bit EUFI mode. Many backup programs simply assume 32bit PCs only use legacy bios. However the great program Macrium Reflect Free can handle 32 bit EUFI.
So I did following:
1. Created a Linx8 recovery usb stick in case all went pear shaped (also using imgburn made an iso of usb stick and backed up to another PC as a second failsafe).
2. Installed Macrium Reflect Free (MRF) on Linx 8, and did a full backup of the "main drive" to the SD card.
3. Created a MRF USB stick.
4. Checked Linx8 would boot to MRF
(shutdown Linx 8 and restart pressing power + volume up, and then selecting boot options --> usb)
This booted fine, but then I ran into a couple of minor difficulties - MRF would not recognise the SD card where I had stored the MRF backup. Also, the touch screen did not work. So I had to reboot to PC in normal mode, and copy image files to a separate USB stick. I attached MRF usb stick, the stick with image, and a usb mouse to LInx8 using a USB hub. This worked fine - I could now see backup, and mouse worked.
I rebooted PC and removed an application that was easy to reinstall as a test. So if recovery worked as I hoped, the application would be also recovered (as in backup file).
5. Rebooted PC and booted to MRF
6. Selected image file from usb stick.
7. NOW the important part - I only selected the C partition for recovery,
8. Did a (C drive only) recovery - took a few minutes. Fingers crossed at this point.
9. Rebooted PC and it worked! My C drive was fully reinstated and the application I had deleted was recovered as well.
So, I now have a way of backing up the C drive periodically, and can recover from most situations without having to start from scratch and reinstall all the apps etc.
I have yet to try and do a full image recovery (i.e. all partitions) using MRF. Not sure if that will work but I might give it a try soon when I am feeling reckless enough.
In principle, even if I had a major disaster and wiped the whole "main disk", I think I should be able to recover the PC to it's original state and then just recover the C drive. My understanding is that the other partitions are not altered - even updates etc. go on C drive.