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Currently, I'm creating a backup of one of my hard drives. It's my main hard drive, where the operating system is running. Because the backup is done during full operation I'm asking if the backup really includes all files (registry, ...)? For example, can I restore the backup on another hard drive and then run the operating system again without problems?

Normally I would say that you have to boot from a CD (without running OS) to make a backup.

I made a Google research but I didn't found my case so far.

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If it is a disk image backup it will have everything. – Moab Sep 27 '12 at 0:14
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Windows has a feature call Volume Shadow Copy that is designed to produce consistent backups from a running system. Doubtless Acronis makes use of this.

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