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Is it ok to backup using system disk image if have BSOD?

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#1 araragi


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Posted 05 May 2016 - 06:02 PM

Right now my laptop gets BSOD from playing games or playing videos. I ran the hard drive test (Western Digital) for my drive and it failed the quick test with status 07 and detected repairable bad sectors on the extended. I expect my hard drive is about to die, so I decided to make a system image. If I use this system image on a new hard drive, would it also have BSOD?

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Posted 05 May 2016 - 06:18 PM

it's never a good idea to restore an image made from a failing drive. Garbage in = Garbage out. Depending on what software was used to create the image it may be possible to pull some data from the image by mounting it as a virtual drive. Is all your data backed up?


What OS does the computer have? Did the computer come pre-installed with the current OS?

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Posted 07 May 2016 - 08:50 AM

I agree with both JohnC_21 and Ingrid1942 - it's not a good idea, and it's likely to have problems.



The system image costs you nothing but space on the drive.

If it doesn't work, then you'll notice the BSOD's fairly quickly.

Then, if needed, you can install off of recovery media.

But, what if you had other problems?  A system image will just carry those other problems over.

Quite often a BSOD is a complicated event, involving more than just one thing on your system.


If you're in the mood to experiment, it's a great learning tool

If you want stability - do a fresh install of Windows.

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