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Windows 7: Acronis True Image 10. How does it Work?


08 Jun 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64
 
 
Acronis True Image 10. How does it Work?

Hey guys, I'm basically confused on how to actually use Acronis while making an image of my drive.

I got Acronis True Image 10 for Free from Acronis a few months back. they emailed me the download link, and serial number to my email address.

OK, so here's where I'm confused. I've done a COMPLETE backup of my HD. an entire image of everything. That includes the OS right??

So my question is so I get a new HD. I install the new HD. how do I get that entire backup image on my new drive. Do I install the New OS first, or no because the image has the OS on it correct. So if it does. How do I get into my system, and plug in and access my external hard drive to get my Image and load to my system.

What do I do? Do I need to make a Boot Recovery CD or whatever with Acronis' software?

Any help would be great. I need to do a complete backup image and not sure how exactly it works.

Rep+ will be gave to the one that helps me do this the best.

thanks!


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08 Jun 2009   #2

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by XGUNTHERC View Post
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What do I do? Do I need to make a Boot Recovery CD or whatever with Acronis' software?
YES ... The attached Screen Shot is version 11 .. but it should be about the same ..
Find the create "Bootable rescue menu" .. and make a Bootable CD.

This is used when the computer will not boot .. or Acronis is not installed.
Put in the CD .. turn the computer on and it will load Acronis to RAM and run there.

If you're backing up Windows 7 ...
Make a backup Image of the C system partition .. and the Windows 7 system reserved partition.
This will backup both partitions .. and the MBR

However .. I'm having trouble getting Acronis to perform a successful recovery of Windows 7.
I've tried Acronis V11 and ATI H2009.
After a recovery .. I have to make repairs with the original Windows 7 install DVD.

We may have to wait on Acronis to catch up ..
Or there's something "funny" with the trial versions of Windows 7.

The recovery procedure is the reverse of the backup procedure.
Run ATI ... (probably from the ATI Boot CD) ..
Tell it where the backup ***.tib file is ...
and which partitions (or unallocated space) to want to recover.


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08 Jun 2009   #3

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noyb View Post
YES ... The attached Screen Shot is version 11 .. but it should be about the same ..
Find the create "Bootable rescue menu" .. and make a Bootable CD.

This is used when the computer will not boot .. or Acronis is not installed.
Put in the CD .. turn the computer on and it will load Acronis to RAM and run there.

If you're backing up Windows 7 ...
Make a backup Image of the C system partition .. and the Windows 7 system reserved partition.
This will backup both partitions .. and the MBR

However .. I'm having trouble getting Acronis to perform a successful recovery of Windows 7.
I've tried Acronis V11 and ATI H2009.
After a recovery .. I have to make repairs with the original Windows 7 install DVD.

We may have to wait on Acronis to catch up ..
Or there's something "funny" with the trial versions of Windows 7
noyb

Acronis 12.0.x does the same. Backs up fine, but restore is another story.

Ken
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08 Jun 2009   #4

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64
 
 

I normally use ATI v11 ... V12 (H2009) confuses me.
Even back in my V10 days .. I had NO problems restoring XP or Vista.

A backup is worthless .. if it will not restore.
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08 Jun 2009   #5

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

noyb
Ok i will dump 12, and try 11. Gave up on ghost and im an old DOS guy so maybe just read (nevermind I didn't read the manual) the manual wrong

K
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08 Jun 2009   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Xguntherc,

Putting an image on a new HD will not work.

You need to either Clone the old to the new, or install 7 on the new one, then restore the image onto that new installation.

No need to update or activate the new install - you can just restore the image straight over the top of it.

Because you are not restoring to the original drive, you will need to run startup repair on the 7 dvd to correct the bcd entry.

You will need to run off the bootable cd from whichever imaging app. you are using to restore the image.

(Some of the fancier imaging apps. will allow you to restore to the drive you are booted into as they put themselves into "boot - time" mode - but it's better to use the cd, imo)

If you are having trouble with the Acronis, you could use the free version of Macrium Reflect - I have used it a lot and it has always worked perfectly.

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

I also use Paragon Backup ( it's included in the Hard Disk Manager) that works perfectly, too - but it's not free.

EDIT: There is free version

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-express/
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08 Jun 2009   #7

XP Pro & Vista Home Premium (x86); Windows Ultimate 7600 x64 Retail
 
 

I have been using Acronis True Image Home v11.... A LOT... with Windows 7 7100 and 7127, It is working like a CHAMP, both backup and restore operations.

In trouble-shooting 2 particular "re-installations" of EMC10 and PSE5.0 before and after a 7100 to 7127 upgrade I must have backed up and restored 10 times so I had a well defined starting point for debug.

Install Acronis. Make sure you register with Acronis, log into support, check and, if needed, download the latest update. For ATI Home v11 the "update" is a complete re-install. Once it is updated - create a bootable recovery CD.

I, too, gave up the Ghost long ago.... Norton support became unable to support it a'la' the same fashion they did NAV 2005-2008 (NAV 2009 is a different story - seems to be a success instead of a cluster-f***).
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08 Jun 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64
 
 

Awesome thanks for the info guys.. so I could use acronis ti 10 for vista with no problems. My brother wants me to make an image of current 500gb and place it on his new 1tb drive. So do I need to install vista on the new drive before recovering with the acronis image?? And win 7 I will just do clean install
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09 Jun 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64
 
 

You're also saying use True Image 11. I have 10. will that work with 7 if I get the latest updates.

I didn't have time yesterday. so I'll do tomorrow.

so, say I do a complete image right now. but then I install 7201. Can I use that image and only extract the things I want.

Like can I image almost everything but the OS. or is it all or nothing?
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09 Jun 2009   #10

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by XGUNTHERC View Post
...can I image almost everything but the OS. or is it all or nothing?
I've never tried this .. But there's a way to tell ATI what to exclude from the backup Image.

ATI is great for backing up/recovering a functioning operating system ...
But if you have a HUGE amount of personal data ....
It can take forever to make a backup or recover to/from a backup image.

If the drive is organized and all the personal data is in "My docs" ..
this might work to get "just" the operating system.

It will take twice as long to make a backup image .. then recover from the backup Image ...
you may want to think about cloning directly from drive 1 to drive2.

How many gigs is occupied in the C partition ???


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