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Will an external drive backup restore a computer fine?

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#1 matttexas17


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Posted 29 March 2014 - 01:07 AM

So we are going to be hypothetical here. 


1. I backup my entire system onto a 200gb external hard drive

2. I COMPLETELY erase windows from my computer, and all of it's data

3. I plug in the external hard drive. 


is it possible to re install windows at that point? Or would I need disc/usb flashdrive 







ALSO: Is the "Systems image" with no other data enough to restart windows? Thanks! 

Edited by matttexas17, 29 March 2014 - 01:10 AM.

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#2 buddy215


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Posted 29 March 2014 - 08:05 AM

Creating an image backup of your entire hdd is a wise thing to do. Some time in the future your hdd will become unusable. Sometime in the future

your OS will become unusable. How often you create an image backup of your hdd or just your personal/ business files is dependent on how important your files are.

Another option.....You can clone your hdd to another hdd of the same size or larger.


Read the info in the links below and if you still have questions, please ask.

What happened to Backup and Restore? - Microsoft Windows Help

How to refresh, reset, or restore your PC - Microsoft Windows Help

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