...and this is why there is Acronis and external USB harddrives. It's a little late now, but with Acronis True Image Echo Workstation, you can make FULL images of harddrives or just partitions. So if the HD goes bad, you buy another of equal or greater size, and Acronis restores the entire drive back like it was backed up. But to do that, you do need a fairly large external USB HD. The 1TB drives used to be pricey, but you can get them for as low as $80. The 2TB and even 3TB drives are going for reasonable prices now too. The smaller, more compact external drives don't even require a power supply...just use the USB port for power. But you'll still pay a little more for them.
Again, it's after the fact now. But for anybody else reading this, I HIGHLY recommend Acronis True Image Echo Workstation backup/restore utility. It's saved me numerous hours of reinstalls at work and once on my old personal laptop when its HD went out. For anybody that does buy it, make sure the software you are purchasing creates a bootable CD. You launch and run Acronis from its own launch environment. It is NOT something you install in Windows. Windows cannot be running to make image backups. Also you want to make sure to select to verify the backup immediately after. I have had 1 backup that was bad and I didn't know it until I went to restore from it. I had to instead restore from an earlier state. Since then, I've learned to let the computer take the time to walk the backup and verify it is good.
Of all the backup softwares I've ever used, I've never had one that worked as well as Acronis True Image Echo does for me.
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