So I know there are various software suites out there, for example “Ghost” that do this for you, but I am wondering if I can back up my brother-in-law’s hard drive the old way, by simply copying and pasting it to another drive. The drive is not being used at the time, so no files are running at the time of copying, and I have set hidden and system files to be shown, so they should all be copied.
As far as I know, the main point of Ghost, is that it can back up your files, even if that drive is the main windows drive on your computer, since copy/paste would be impossible in this case.
So if his computer goes apeshit (it’s already done it twice recently, both times requiring a full Windows (and other stuff) install), can I just format and paste back what I’ve copied?
If not, why not?