Quote: Originally Posted by dee91
How exactly once I have the image on the USB would I replace my current hard drive? Using macrium in windows?
Or would I be booting it somehow off the USB?
No, you would not boot off the USB.
You need to make a Macrium image file and store it on the USB. You should make an image file of the C partition and of the "System Reserved" partition, if you have one.
You must make a bootable "rescue disk" in Macrium from Macrium's "other tasks" menu.
That disk can be Linux-based or WinPE-based. The latter is more reliable.
After making the rescue disk, you should confirm that your PC can in fact boot from it and that you can locate your image file on the USB from within the rescue disk's interface. If you can't, you cannot restore the image file from the USB and the whole exercise is useless.
Assuming the rescue disk does boot your PC, you would boot from it to restore the image whenever the need arises. You would first connect the new hard drive, boot from the rescue disk, locate the image file on the USB, and direct the restoration to the new hard drive----all from within the rescue disk's interface.