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Will Win7 installation be affected?

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August 20, 2010 1:04:20 PM

Howdy folks:
Please help me with a question about my Dell Win7 Premium laptop.
A)Would the following scenario affect my windows installation ?
1. Taking out my hard drive and enclosing in USB HD enclosure.
2. Connecting via USB to identical laptop.
3. I assume HD will be assigned a drive letter.
4. Making an emergency backup of my hard drive by just pasting and copying from the now
external USB HD to a folder in the other identical system.
5. Putting hard drive back in my laptop.
B) Would the drive take on the C: drive letter again when I put it back?
C)Will it boot ok when I put it back?
Thank You

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a b $ Windows 7
August 20, 2010 2:45:43 PM

Yes, you can do that

but i wouldn't for the purposes of backing up everything.
I'd get 3rd party disk imaging software, to make an exact copy of the disk. My Seagate HD came w/ its own, but you can pick whichever you like.
Start by looking here:

i've used this one once in the past, and it worked well:
August 20, 2010 6:36:38 PM

Best answer selected by egipto1216.
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August 20, 2010 6:48:48 PM

thank you for the good and usefull input. I agreee about macrium.Only concerned because I have dell with two hidden primary partitions. I don't know of someone that has successfully backed them up. Specifically one of them called a recovery partittion. This recovery partition is active but hidden. Also I also don't know if the MBR is iin the first hidden dell partition. It would be good to know as macrium asks on which partition to restore the MBR. Still I agree if a program can tackle this it would be something like macrium . Thanks
a b D Laptop
a b $ Windows 7
August 20, 2010 6:54:25 PM

If Your trying to back-up to restore incase of a "Ouch, I just lost my HDD" - Just use Win 7 Back-up. You can create an Image file for the "C" drive and Then it will ask you if you want to create a BOOTABLE restore disk. The Image file can be written to DVDs, or a 2nd HDD - I've done both.
a b $ Windows 7
August 21, 2010 2:23:08 AM

the MBR is written into the primary partition w/ the OS, assuming you haven't added OSes, and Hard Drives since you've had the PC