I'm wondering if it is possible to update a bootable clone with some file
update copying, but without potentially impacting it's "bootability".
Let me explain:
Suppose we make a clone of the main system drive, which may or may not have
several partitions, but never actually plug it in as the boot drive to
"initialize" it. (This step is apparently not *always* required with all
cloning programs (and apparently not required using Acronis to make the
OK. So that's fine and dandy so far. And the clone is just sitting on the
shelf as a backup.
Now let's suppose we just want to update it with just a few updated personal
and non system files, rather than go through the whole cloning process all
over again (which takes considerable time)
IF we now connect this cloned drive as an external drive (through either USB
or SATA connectors) and then boot up in windows with it in (in addition to
the normal boot drive), will that mess anythin up, like its future
bootability (since the first time its being used here is when it is
connected as an external secondary drive (and is NOT the boot drive)?
That's the key question here. Because if doing so will mess up the clone,
then one can't simply update the clone, as I've suggested (and one would
always have to make a brand new clone).
I think this whole thing has to do with the active partition byte being set
correctly, and not being potentially reset, by doing such a thing.
Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Or can clarify this for me?