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Old 09-30-2013, 04:12 AM
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Originally Posted by jrolin1 View Post
Not accurate. Creating an image is backing up the programs and the entire hard drive. It creates an exact copy of the hard drive. The whole point of creating a system image is to avoid having to reload the OS and all the programs stored on that drive. Reloading the image restores that hard drive image to the new one and all the programs and settings saving a lot of time over a fresh install. Here are some instructions on how to load an image.
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/7702/...-image-backup/

I am definitely no expert, but I have never had a restored image with OS, drivers, programs, work perfectly. I have found it to be less time consuming to do a fresh install of the OS & programs than to troubleshoot why the image did not fully work. There is also the "benefit" of a fresh install which is to get rid of accumulated and unneeded programs.

The point is, for the cost of a 2nd drive (cheap) you can do a RAID 1 (mirror) and eliminate the need to backup or store a regular image to prevent loss due to a HDD failure. YMMV
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