Quote: Originally Posted by serpent12345
Hey All ( thanks in advance for advice )
I dont get the difference between backup/restore and cloning and how do these processes for windows 7 re-use my key code or do i have to buy a new one?
I guess im more confused on how my copy of Windows 7 will still be genuine if i did a restore from a new hard drive?
Or do i have it all wrong?
Any help would be much appreciated.
If you restored a genuine Windows 7, it will still be valid.
You should try to distinguish these terms:
Backup and restore: this is Windows 7 term for its capabilities, which includes file by file backup and imaging. I don't think Windows can clone.
Imaging: an image is a file that contains everything on a partition or partitions, including licenses, customization, installed applications, personal data, etc. To image, you use an application to make an image file and then use the same application to "restore" that file. The image file cannot be stored on the partition that it images (i.e., you cannot store an image of the C partition on C).
Cloning: a method of moving a Windows installation from one disk to another, WITHOUT using an image. It is a MOVE, not a restore from an image file. It is not normally used for personal data, but it will move everything on a partition. Normally used when buying a new hard drive for your C partition. Imaging can accomplish the same thing as cloning, but imaging requires that you make an image file and then restore it. Some imaging applications can also clone. Some cannot.
File by file backup: this is normally the best method for backing up your personal data, NOT Windows. No image is involved. No cloning is involved. There are many programs that can do this--free and paid. Think of it as pretty much the same as making a copy of your personal data by dragging stuff to another drive with your mouse.