For a real solution. Any clone job would and may recreate your issue again.
Ok, let's clone that drive for free. Go get clonezilla, boot that and copy an image out to your USB drive. My 200GB took 3 hours so set some time aside for this.
Now the neat part is that it's a file on the USB drive so I can copy MY STUFF to said drive.
And don't fall for any MSFT backup software. I'm trying what 7 Pro has and it's still junk. You can get better.
And in closing. Make a disaster plan to be ready for when that USB drive fails after the machine comes back blank. DO YOU HAVE A BACKUP TO THAT USB DRIVE CONTENT? If not, then it's your only copy and let's all sing together the moderator's quote of the year.
We only lose what we didn't backup.
Ok Windows does not provide a way to BACKUP MY STUFF AND PROGRAMS or RESTORE MY STUFF AND PROGRAMS WITHOUT DISRUPTING AN INSTALLED OS.
I just got a new HP notebook computer with Win 7. The speakers don't word, and I'm told by HP that I'll have to send it back to HP to have it fixed. I've also been told that I should do a system recovery before this in order to make sure that it isn't some software/driver issue.
When I do the system recovery, I believe that I lose all the programs, data, etc. Rather than have to reinstall the 12-15 programs I've spent hours doing, what are my alternatives for returning the HD to its current state when I get it back?
I have a 1 Tb external drive that I can use for the contents of my c: drive.
I did do a couple of restores, and there was no change. I'm sure it's a hardware issue.