Quote: Originally Posted by boyboyds
Thank you all, I really looking forward to imaging and backing up on a regular basis.
One more thing. Until you're comfortable with restores, test restoring with a blank HD. Might seem cumbersome, but you can guarantee you won't lose your OS or data.
Even if you have to buy a small external HD, it's worth it, and you can use that drive for storage after you're comfortable with your process.
This is all assuming you do cold imaging.
In fact, the safest way to begin is to unplug your OS drive while first testing restores.
I always did that with initial testing, but I've also always had a case that made it easy to do.
I don't care how "good" you are, mistakes can be made.
So basically, you'll have your bootable OS made from an image on the test drive before you plug your "permanent" HD back in to restore an image there.
You've got yourself covered well.
I just don't want you messing anything up. It's fairly easy to do.
There's a thread in the install section now where a guy hammered his data volume doing an install. What happens is you get a different view of your HD's from recovery or install CD than you get from Win 7 disk management screens, and all kinds of partitioning/formatting options, so plenty of opportunity to screw up.
Sure, you might be able to move data around to get a blank test drive, up to you.
But the safest way to test restores is a on a blank drive.
Doesn't matter then what you try with partitioning or anything else, because whatever goes wrong, you've still got your original working OS on the permanent drive.
Might seem overkill to some, but I'm cautious, and never lost an OS, or data.
Well, except once, when I accidentally turned on RAID in the BIOS of a new MB.
But I don't want to talk about that.