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I agree. The last time I configured a machine, I came up with a
list of at least two dozen things I needed to install and
configure. I guess starting over is fine if you just serf the
web, I'd almost rather move house than have to do it. Image for
windows has never failed to restore an image for me. I also keep
the vast majority of my data on a separate drive than windows,
I've been burned before.
On 5/12/2020 09:45, Brian Vogel wrote:
On Tue, May 12,
2020 at 08:00 AM, Steve Nutt wrote:
Personally, I wouldn’t restore or backup an image, too
much to go wrong, even on the same hardware.
To each his or her own. I'd rather gnaw off my own fingers than
set myself up to have to reconfigure a machine and all its
software after a drive failure.
I think I've had one restore in over 30 years not work, so your
assertion about "too much to go wrong" just doesn't hold water in
my professional experience. If these suites were commonly
problematic, they'd have died out long, long ago. They're
generally very slick, easy, and, most importantly, fast at getting
a machine right back on its feet to precisely the state it was in
when the full system image backup was taken.
That being said, you bring up another good point is that in
addition to full system image backups, one should also be taking
separate user data backups. The File History utility in Windows
10 is an excellent tool for this. Most backup & recovery
suites also include a function strictly for user data rather than
full system images as well.
Brian - Windows
10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 1909, Build 18363
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