Will an image restore to my computer faster than a recovery disc?

Episode 990 (1:17:04)

Fred from Los Angeles, CA

Fred says that when he restores his computer, it takes forever. He's wondering if restoring from an image would be faster. Leo says yes, it will. Imaging options include:

Fred says he heard that Carbonite has an image backup option. Leo says that generally he won't want an image in the cloud because it takes too long to download to restore. If it keeps the image locally, however, then it should be fine.

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