Back up onto ext HDD

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I am running a back up program ( Acronis True Image WD edition) that offers me a "back up" or "clone disc". In the event of a crash of my internal HDD and a new HDD being required, what is best to re-build my new internal HDD, back up or clone.
 
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A clone is good if you what to put the Operating System on another HDD say a bigger one or just a different one. You can say keep the data and it will copy all the HDD to the new HDD and you can still use the other one.

But the best is Backup option if your not moving and just want a complete copy of you HDD. It will copy everything including the Operating System. Choose Computer. Be aware it will take a lot of space. But if you ever have problems you can be up and running in no time at all.
 
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I suggest a clone is the way to go. This would allow you to replace your current internal drive with the external and have everything as it was when the clone was created. What you would not have would be anything created or installed since the clone was created. I this case, if any significant amount or critical work is done which you do not want to lose, It would be necessary to back up such work independently or create a new clone on the external drive.

The advantage of backup images using the full version of Acronis True Image does not apply to the WD Edition. With the full version, one can create smaller incremental images containing only the changes since the original image was created. The WD Edition does NOT have this feature.

To update a backup image with the WD Edition, one must create a whole new image either in addition to or replacement of the existing backup image.
 
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