Quote: Originally Posted by Saltgrass
You can also use Windows backup to create an image then restore that to the new drive. Windows is different from Acronis in that it will restore exactly what you had before as far as partition sizes, but you can use the Disk Management to change that later.
Yes, the Windows Backup Imaging is flawless. I save the image of any/all partitions to aprimary Recovery Partition on each my machines, then backup to external drive in case of HDD failure.
It takes about 15 minutes to reimage the HDD or another from the installer disk repair console. I see no difference with Acronis except the Windows version is built in and can run on a schedule or update up your image and selected files in the background while computer is idle. Just leave your external plugged in.