Using a Bootable USB drive to facilitate a System Restore
I have read your description of the system restore procedure and I have a few questions. In that description I believe that you said that one would need to have created a SYSTEM BACKUP previous to the problem in order to be able to do the restore. I have done a DISK BACKUP, so I am assuming that that type of backup wouldn't work. Is that correct? And if so, what is a DISK backup good for?
I understand that if my system has a catastropic failure (crashed disk, virus invasion, etc) that requires either a new disk drive to be installed or a complete scrub of the existing disk (erase/reformat), that I would need to begin the system restore process with a bootable media (which I would also need to create in advance (ie in anticipation of such an event). My question: If I should choose to create a bootable USB to facilitate the System Restore, will the computer automatically boot up from the content of USB drive when I turn it on with the USB drive installed? You mentioned in the instructions that something might need to be reconfigured in the BIOS to get the system to boot up from the bootable CD. Would that also apply to using the USB drive or not? And is there a procedure written down somewhere for how to do that (configure the Bios)? I am assuming that this can be done on the system with a completely empty C drive(after all the purging has been done)? Also, what would the capacity of the USB drive need to be to do this?
I am assuming that the bootable media created would include enough of the AOMEI program so that I could locate and select the version of the SYSTEM backup that I would like to restore to. Correct?
Just one more thing: If I restored the system as described above, would my complete system be restored, including all my data files. Or would I have to restore those files and all my other apps separately?