What exactly happens after OS is restored to a USB-connected hard drive?

Discussion in 'Paragon Drive Backup Product Line' started by alexis1, Jul 31, 2011.

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  1. alexis1

    alexis1 Registered Member

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    Sorry, newbie question here:

    Once I use Paragon Backup and Recovery 2011 (Free) to restore/recover my C:/ drive to a USB-connected hard drive, and want to run all my programs for a while from that external drive (just to confirm successful backup imaging) ... how do I tell my computer to use the OS from the external drive, not the original C:/ drive in my desktop?

    And similarly, how do I tell it to run all my programs, (Windows, Firefox, Excel, etc.) from the external hard drive, not the "original" C:/ hard drive?

    Thanks much, I appreciate your patience!
     
  2. cincinnatijack

    cincinnatijack Registered Member

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    Try it, you'll like it.

    Judt set your BIOS to boot from the USB drive after recovering into it, the USB will become the C: drive, the system will assign the old HDD C: a new unused letter and start normally.
     
  3. Robin A.

    Robin A. Registered Member

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    AFAIK, Windows can´t boot from an external USB disk.
     
  4. seekforever

    seekforever Registered Member

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    That is my understanding as well but I thought perhaps there was some Paragon magic I don't know about.
     
  5. wptski

    wptski Registered Member

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    I think as long as the USB drive shows in your BIOS, it will. In fact, I made a RAW copy to a USB drive, tried to boot from it, a sreen came up asking if I wanted to change the hardware config or something. I chickened out then but appeared that Windows was going to allow it.
     
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