I'm torn between two ways of doing an image back up of the 250G drive in my laptop.
My main concern is if the operating system gets screwed up, say due to malware or a virus or something, I don't want to spend 2 weeks re-installing win 7 and all my software. I can't afford the downtime.
So I want an image that will get me back up and running in a few hours.
I'm backing up the laptop to a 320G 2.5" drive.
If I use a 3rd party backup program like Acronis, it gives gives me an image that looks exactly like the original, I can navigate each directory and file, and if the original HD dies, I could simply swap hard disks.
If I use Windows 7 image backup, the original file structure is obscured in some propriety Microsoft format. I can't go in an get a specific file. But, the image is useful if I need to reboot using the repair disk because it looks for image files.
Any suggestions or anything else I should be considering?
Again my main priority is getting back up and running quickly if windows somehow gets trashed.
There is a separate nightly back up that protects my latest data files. So those are taken care of