Inserting a larger ram into my laptop causes windows to BSOD frequently, and going back to the old ram does not fix the issue once it is triggered. The only solution is a clean install of windows with the other ram (I have spent tens of hours on this situation) I know that both rams are working.

I have a new driver that gives me reason to believe that the larger ram might work now. I want to try it, but I don't have to end up having to reinstall windows.

What would be the most robust way to backup my entire C: and restore it if a problem occurs?

  • Do you have another 2.5" laptop HDD available? If so, remove your current drive, replace with the spare and reinstall Windows on the spare drive to see if the problem reoccurs. – Richie086 Apr 2 '16 at 16:34
  • Such a great idea. Would it work with a regular desktop HDD? I could buy a sata extension cable etc maybe? – grdgfgr Apr 2 '16 at 16:47
  • Yeah that would work. Sorry I thought this was a laptop you were dealing with for some reason – Richie086 Apr 2 '16 at 16:47
  • Prolly cuz you state that the issue is with a laptop. – Richie086 Apr 2 '16 at 16:48
  • Wait I'm confused, where would a regular desktop come into play if the issue is with a laptop? What exactly are you asking "will it work" about? Obviously you can't stick a 3.5" hard drive in a laptop, so please give some more details on what you are trying to do and how you plan on doing it – Richie086 Apr 2 '16 at 16:53

I would boot up in a Linux Live System (for example Ubuntu) and preform a "dd" command like this to an external drive. If something goes wrong, you can restore your complete drive.

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