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Posted 06 March 2010 - 12:51 AM
Not exactly. It is about the same size as the used space on your hard drive, not the size of the whole drive itself.
doesn't it end up being about the same size as the drive your taking it from?
Also, will an image keep all my tweaks and the little things i've done in place?
I thought about getting a bigger hard drive, but then that again would involve having to start over (this is on my laptop so i can't just add another)
is there a way i could image or backup all my apps and data, do a clean install, and then apply the changes i had before?
Posted 06 March 2010 - 01:11 AM
Yes, if you have to go back to the image, things will be exactly how it was at the moment the system image was taken. This includes registry, programs, Windows itself, user files...everything. That's why it's called an "image". Because it is like a snapshot of your hard drive.
You wouldn't necessarily have to start over. You could simply clone your current hard drive onto a bigger one and replace the current one with the new larger one. There are plenty cloning programs out there that can achieve this with minimal effort. Now, obviously you would have to tear into the hardware of your laptop, but even then, there are plenty of tutorials out there for replacing hard drives. It's not that hard.
No. You cannot bring your apps with you through a clean install (if you did a clean install, then restored from the system image, you would be exactly where you were before the clean install). You would have to reinstall all of them. But like I said, there are a few tips and tricks I can give that would make a clean install less hectic.
Posted 06 March 2010 - 06:58 AM
So do you mean that if i did a system image, then wiped everything out, reformatted and did a clean install, i could apply the image after and restore all my apps, tweaks, shortcuts, data etc to the clean install?
or does the image just re-create what was before, so Vista would come back with it?
Posted 06 March 2010 - 07:28 PM
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