XP Backup/Restore using an external drive

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I am looking at external drives for making system backups and additional storage. The storage part and copying data files are easy, but the backup/restore side of the equation for Windows XP is harder.

Let's assume that I made a full (XP, registry, everything) backup of my C: drive onto the external drive and my internal drive crashed. I install a new drive.

Would I need to install XP and all of my software onto the new drive first in order to run the restore software? If I did that, then did a file-by-file restore of both data and software files from the external drive, would there be problems?

I know software installs set up shop all over the place in Windows, including the registry and other places. Am I better off installing all of my software from scratch and restoring data files only?

Would I be able to restore a FAT32 file-by-file backup to a new NTFS drive? I know an image backup has to go to a like file system.

Installing all of the apps could take days, but a complete restore could be done in a few hours. Any thoughts?
 
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Can't answer that without knowing what you used to make the image file of "C" drive. If Ghost or Acronis True Image , you need to make a rescue boot disk after installing the program (Ghost the install cd is one) and then you put in a new hard drive and simply restore the image file to it. NT Backup no you have to install XP first before restoring the image file.
 
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