I simply want to clone (or backup) my Windows XP internal hard drive in rebootable form to my new My Book Essential external hd so that I can restore my system to a new computer hard drive when my current computer crashes. I want all my data to be currently updated. I am guessing that I need to use True Image WD Edition to clone my hard drive on one partition of My Book and then use SmartWare to do automatic updates on the 2nd partition of My Book. Then, when I need to restore to a new computer, I would reboot to Acronis to restore the clone and then restore from SmartWare to update all the data from the automatic backups.
Is this the best/easiest way to accomplish this?
If my new computer has a newer version of Windows on it, will that be deleted when I restore from the True Image clone disk?
I’ve spent hours searching forums for how to do what should be a very simple procedure and am thoroughly confused.
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
After hours of searching forums I have come up with the following procedures to do this.