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A good backup program will back up literally everything if that is what you choose in your backup settings.
I'm using Windows 7, Home Premium and Macrium Reflect. No error messages, just a question. Suppose I had a hard disk error such as the head crashed so that I have to install a new hard drive. Now, I want to restore my backed up system to the new hard drive. Will Macrium Reflect created the partitions for me as part of the restore operation?
In this excerpt from Answercast #41, I look at the way a good backup program handles partitions in creating a system image.
The short answer is yes, if you backed up the partitions you want to restore.
When you create your backup, Macrium Reflect shows you a layout of your hard disk and all of the partitions on it. You can choose to back up:
Just a single partition,
A combination of partitions,
Or everything on a specific hard drive.
I recommend that you back up everything on a particular hard drive. I would refer to that as a system image because it's a complete image of everything on that hard drive.
If that's what you have, as long as that's what you have:
As long as that image actually contains the definitions of and the contents of multiple partitions,
Then when you go to restore, you'll actually be given the option of restoring everything (all of the partitions that used to be on that hard drive) or to restore individual partitions.
In the case that you're describing, of course, you go directly to "Restore everything"; put it back the way it was; partitions and everything.
That's exactly what Macrium Reflect will do and that's exactly what (to be honest) any good backup program will do. Naturally, I consider Macrium Reflect to be a good backup program.
End of Answercast #41 Back to – Audio Segment
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