Installing new laptop hard drive
I need to install a new hard drive on my laptop. I want to create an image using system backup. I understand that I need to make a boot disk and create a system image preferrably on an external hard drive. I just need a walk through of the steps once those are created. If I boot using the disk with the new hard drive do I also have the external hard drive plugged in during the boot? Then how do I access the image and install it on the new hard drive? Do I need to remove any other files from the external hard drive besides the image? Is it true that files on the desktop will not be a part of the image?