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

    Jul 24, 2011
    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

    Jul 3, 2010
    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

    Feb 25, 2006
    AFAIK, Windows can´t boot from an external USB disk.
  4. seekforever

    seekforever Registered Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    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

    Nov 27, 2010
    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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