I have ordered from Ebuyer, so plenty of time to ask for information before it arrives (a little irony to start the day).
I am a little puzzled as to what it will do should I need to recover from, say, a failed hard drive.
click here gives the impression that will be no problem, but what are the practicalities?
I have a 8GB slave drive, and now a 80GB USB drive (as discussed yesterday when I asked if I could boot from this - apparently not).
Could I make an image of Windows on the Slave drive, then when a failure occurs make it Master and boot from it? Having created an image of the whole drive on the USB, can I simply add a new drive as Slave, copy everything over and set the new drive as Master?
Imaging software like Ghost and True Image create an Image file which can be used to recover your system - its a compressed version of your data. Usually you will have (or make) a boot floppy or CD. When you need to recover from the saved image you use this boot floppy or Cd and follow the prompts.
To copy data to another disk and make it bootable involves cloning the disk instead. True Image can do this but i don't know about Ghost.
Do they ever? It all adds to the excitement and mystery of the thing! And encourages you to buy a crystall ball.
Seriously, the trick is to always make a recovery disk if you are asked if you would like to do it. If you don't, it won't be long before you wish you had. The recovery disk starts up the PC and gets the software going so that you can find the image you want to recover from.