Recruiter wrote:This way, if something is corrupted, I can easily start over, without all the program installations. That's the part that takes so long. Last year, I had to create a whole new bootable drive, because my C:\ drive got so messed up. Now I have a clone of that original configuration on my external drive, just in case it happens again. Some day I'll clean up the C:\ drive again.
There's nothing wrong having the cloned drive as a fallback; but again, you're still left trying to update the system (after replacing the old disk with it's clone) to include all security updates, any newly installed programs (since making the clone), and of course, all your own data.
When you use the disk backup option and followup (incremental/differential) backups, all you need to do a restore is the Bootable CD that Easeus allows you to create. In many cases, the default Boot CD will suffice; but it is safer to create the WinPE version of the boot CD (more effort but much more capable).
In the event of a crash, you simply boot from the CD, and that automatically presents you with a menu of options, including the "Restore" capability. All that you need to do after rebooting is to choose the point-in-time that you want to restore to (usually the most recent backup point, but not necessarily - if you suspect having picked up something nasty just prior to your system failing), and EaseUS does the rest!