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Windows 7: Acronis Disk Director


14 Jan 2009   #1

Windows 7 Build 7100 32-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit
 
 
Acronis Disk Director

Okay, just a note for everyone, just in case: do not try to install Acronis OS Selector (part of Disk Director) from within Windows 7. First, it will not detect your Windows 7 installation. Second, when I disabled it again it completely ruined my Master Boot Record.

It took me more than two hours to recover the Master Boot Record. Acronis and Microsoft made it very difficult for me to fix it The bootmgr.exe was totally gone. Then the Vista (the original boot manager was from Vista) recovery DVD somehow set a Dell Diagnostics partition to boot up and my Vista and 7 installations were seen by the recovery DVD, but bootrec.exe didn't recognize them. I tried everything to fix the MBR with bcdedit.exe and it looked good, but somehow it still booted the Dell partition. I ended up using GParted Live on an MP3 player, lol, since I had no USB stick laying around! I could set the boot flag to my Vista drive again and after that the Vista recovery DVD recognized everything and the Startup Repair finally did it's job!

Sorry, for the details, but if this happens to you, then you know how to fix that stuff now


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14 Jan 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

I can confirm that there is a problem. I installed director, I had already Acronis True image. I thought little of it until I decided to make an updated image. I used the pure image autoboot disk, and it said it would take 6 hours (after sitting doing nothing for about 5 minutes. From my previous 30 to 40 minutes, this was ridiculous. Even after uninstaling Director, and reinstalling True Image, I found heavy delays in some areas of my computer. To cut a long story short, I looked around and found this: (It's free)

Free Drive Backup Express - disk backup software

I found it superb. For example, it can back up Vista, a mammoth installation, in 40 minutes. You can also make an autoboot disk - a very good fallback feature.

I regret forking out cash for Acronis now!!
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14 Jan 2009   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

HI Davehc,

I use Paragon products, too - but that Express version is very limited.

You may like to check out the free version of Macrium to make images of partitions/drives.

It's small , fast , you can choose compression levels, schedule backups , mount an image and copy & paste back files rather than restore the whole image . It also makes a bootable cd of course.

Macrium Reflect Free Edition - Free software downloads and reviews - CNET Download.com

Hope it helps

SIW2
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15 Jan 2009   #4

Windows 7 64bit/Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Ok

If you uninstall it which im guessing you did. Youll get an MBR3 error. There is a fix (lost the link) which you have to burn to a cd. Boot from it and follow instructions. After that (for me) youll have to repair your OS. Just boot up your OS disc and choose repair.
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15 Jan 2009   #5
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

Thanks Gilbert. I did it the hard way. I was having so many problems after that, I reformatted the whole computer, repartitioned and reinstalled my OS's.
(can't find that fix thogh - it would be interesting.
Thanks also, SWI2. I'll have a look at that.
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15 Jan 2009   #6

Windows 7 64bit/Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit
 
 

ill look for it
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15 Jan 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

I've just given that Macrium a whirl. It seems very good. Only minor complaint was that the default boot disk (Linux)you can make, only gave the restore option. The second choice (bart) was the one I found I needed - both restore and save.

Thanks a lot for the Heads up.
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17 May 2009   #8

Windows 7 Professional x86
 
 

I'm having real trouble with Acronis Disk Director. Whatever I do I just can't seem to be able to remove it from my system.

I managed to fix my MBR but I just can't get the program off my system. Every time I try and remove it it tells me it can't detect an OS... I at least managed to disable it now but I just want rid of it.

Does anyone know of a way to successfully uninstall it from Windows 7?
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17 May 2009   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi,

Try running this free app. - it's brilliant - don't worry, it works great on 32 and 64 bit systems.

Revo Uninstaller Freeware - Uninstall Software, Remove Programs, Solve uninstall problems

Use the Advanced Scan, like this :

Acronis Disk Director-revo2009-01-23_033307.jpg

If that still doesn't get rid of it, try system restore to a point before you installed the Disk Selector.


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17 May 2009   #10

Windows 7 Professional x86
 
 

Phew finally got rid of it. That thing's been giving me a headache all night.

Had to use a restore point in the end because revo used the Acronis installer which was what was being difficult.

Thanks SIW2 maybe I can finally get on with that install .
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