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    EFI vs BIOS

    I was reading
    Windows 7: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ge-backup.html

    One section has
    “A system image that was created on a computer using EFI cannot be restored on a computer using BIOS”
    What is EFI and how will I know if the computer is using EFI?
    Is creating a system image backup on a computer using EFI use the same procedure as a computer using BIOS?

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    Comtrgy,

    Unified Extensible Firmware Interface.

    Basically, YES! Now it would be helpful if you use a product that supports Booting of the recovery media using UEFI/Safe Boot, which requires different software on the boot media, as does my favorite Macrium Reflect.

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    Macrium Reflect is also my favorite and it's good to know it does that too. Thanks RG

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    There is no difference in the creation or restore of a backup, it's booting to the recovery media which may present a problem. If you have MBR boot recovery media and a working EFI disk the computer may not recognise the recovery media as bootable without you making changes to the mobo config, aka BIOS set up.

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    cmptrgy - Make sure it's the latest version of Macrium Reflect. My MR USB flash disk failed to boot in a brand new HP laptop. I had to download the latest version of MR to a UEFI-based device and re-create the USB flash disk for it to work with this UEFI-based HP laptop. It seems obvious now but it was a bit of a headscratcher at the time because my MR boot ddisk had been so reliable up to this point.

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    I'm going to be buying a Windows 10 laptop shortly. It wouldn't surprise me if it will have UEFI with GPT partitioning. I'm not a hardware person so I hope I'm explaining that right.
    --- I will also want to buy an external hard drive for system image backups
    --- How do I determine what kind of an external hard drive to use to do UEFI/GPT system image backups?

    I do have a WD My Passport Ultra external hard drive I use for my BIOS Legacy/MBR systems but it appears to me it might not be the correct one to backup my Win10 laptop

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    cmptrgy,

    You're mixing Apples (UEFI) and Oranges (GPT). GPT is a disk partitioning scheme which is an improvement on the old MBR scheme. Windows 10 supports both and when connected via USB you should easily be able to backup to both. I currently backup to both GPT and MBR (WD Passports also) using Macrium Reflect w/o issue.

    UEFI on the other hand is a replacement for the old BIOS firmware standards.

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    Your existing WD Passport will work fine with your new hardware.

    cheers, Paul

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