Got a newish PC: HP Elite 8000 with Win 7 Pro 64 bit.
Have a separate USB WD 80GB external HDD which is solely to be used for bootable backup and restore of OS and programs, the only information on my C drive. This in case my OS gets corrupted and I will then be able to restore everything from the USB via boot, without having to reinstall Windows 7, updates and programs.
All working files and documents and music etc., are on separate external USB hard drives.
I read through the forums and created a WIN 7 System backup I guess of everything on my C drive, Windows and Programs. Hopefully is is something I can boot from.
There is nothing else on my C drive. Image file that was created on the 80GB USB drive is about right: 46GB.
I wish to untether the USB with my backup information from my PC (so I can store it away and redo weekly or monthly).
Using Remove Hardware from task bar I get a message that the drive I wish to remove is
"currently in use. Close any programs or windows that might be using the device, and then try again."
Question One: Is the information on the USB drive, created by the Windows 7 backup and recover method explained in this forum, bootable?
Question One a: If not what must I do to make sure I can boot using the backup USB, assuming I wish to wipe the C drive clean and start anew with the information on the backup USB drive?
Question Two: Please advise what I need to do to correctly remove the USB backup drive from my pc using the Remove Hardware function from Task Bar without endangering any information on the drive.
Thanks in advance,