Quote: Originally Posted by paulobao
Yes I understand it now!
I will need to make an image of my system when everything is just fine to use it when (if) the thinks go really wrong and i need to restore the system to a good state!
About backup: I usually do not have much data in my computer! About everything is in an external 1TB portable HDD! I just use the laptop for control my astronomy gear (and for that I use a huge amount of differente sw) and for processing the data I collect. The data and the resulting processed files are in the external HDD. The problem is the astronomy sw and the processing sw (PS CS5 suite and a lot of specific ones...). All those took time to get the right settings for...And it is precisely for that, that I need to make an image of a stable system for the worst case scenario.
Is my thoughts correct?
You may call me crazy but usually I do not like free sw! So I will pay for a sw capable of imaging my system to a USB 3.0 portable HDD :-). And if that imaging sw is simple (not necessarly the less expensive) the better :-)
You are generally correct.
Do you have a backup of the data on the external drive?
Regardless of where you store the data (C, internal, external, whatever), you are foolish if you don't have it backed up somewhere else---you should have at least 2 copies of all data.
If you prefer to pay rather than get something free, I would buy the Pro version of Macrium: http://www.macrium.com/personal.aspx
Note: imaging is not foolproof. Know what you will do if it does not work as expected.