> Vista Ultimate - Restore entire computer
> The DVD writer in my notebook became defective, hence I have to send it in
> for repair.
> They told me they will have to re-format the hard drive and install the
> original software
> to be able to check the replacement DVD writer.
> So this is the reason why I will now buy an external hard drive and do my
> 'Back up your entire computer'. I read through the help information but
> something is unclear:
> Do I need to install Vista Ultimate before I can Restore the back up?
> (I feel I will have to...)
> What happens with that 'new' Vista Ultimate installation during/after the
> restore procedure,
> because the 'old' Vista Ultimate installation is also part of the back up?
> Will it be overwritten?
I'll let someone else who is expert with Vista's backup & restore answer
questions about it. I'm just going to suggest that you use something I
consider better - an imaging program. I prefer Acronis True Image, but
there are other imaging programs out there. You install the imaging
program, make a bootable CD from within it*, image your drive and store the
image on the external hard drive. Then when you get the new drive, just
restore the image you made.
*If you buy an imaging program retail, the installation CD will usually act
as bootable media to do the restore. If you download the program and don't
have a physical installation CD, make the bootable CD.
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