Having had a laptop that I'd recently upgraded from Win XP to Win 7 crash (i.e., Win 7 would no longer start despite several attempts at repair or recovery) I reinstalled Win 7 with the format drive option. I then had to go thru the agony of re-installing software, drivers, etc. (you know what I mean). It occured to me that I had not deleted the WET file I used during the original upgrade (on an external drive) and so I was able to again transfer the files and settings to the "new" Win 7 laptop. This worked pretty well although the transfer stopped in the middle of moving the pictures. I'd also selected what I wanted to transfer and what I did not thru the customization option.
In doing that, it occurred to me that this might be a good way to backup files and settings periodically (settings being more important as files are backed up to other drives) so I gave it a try on the Win 7 desktop (only 195 GB of data!). I would only do this once in a while as it takes so long (overnight is good).
Thoughts on this process?