*Almost everything, including physical locations of the files, will be restored.
I don't want anybody to be mislead by that statement.
When I restore an image
/snapshot of my system my system
is returned to the exact
state it was in at the time it was copied/cloned; block for block, byte for byte.
You invest hours to install an OS and create the initial base environment
This is exactly what I just recently have done (01-01-11).
Clean install of Vista, reboot, install SP1, reboot, run Vista SP1 clean up tool, reboot, install SP2, reboot,
run SP2 clean up tool, reboot, install a few Windows security updates, reboot, run CCleaner, stop and start Explorer,
reboot. Let system settle in for ~10 min. run defrag and shutdown.
I now boot into a Linux rescue disk and run any one of the cloning/imaging programs and I now have a 'Stock' cleanimage
of my system.
I then boot back into Windows, install Antivirus/Security programs, disable some services, some registry tweaks, some
right-click entries, and anything else I want to be in my restore image
. Run CCleaner and restart. Let system settle in,
run defrag and shutdown.
Now back into a Linux rescue disk and again run the cloning/imaging program and I now have a second image
to be used
as my system backup.
Having that 'Stock' image
/snapshot is good if you ever feel like you want a Fresh, Clean Install.
I can now restore to my 'Stock' or system backup image
in under 3 minutes!
Anyway apologies to the OP as it seems I may have Hijacked this thread.