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Windows 7: Can we trust Acronis True Image (From HDD to SSD)?

07 Aug 2015   #1
pintree3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 
Can we trust Acronis True Image (From HDD to SSD)?

A year ago or so I had changed my Western Digital hard drive (holding my OS on the C: drive) for a Samsung 840 EVO SSD.
I'm leaving the country and want to take my SSD with me and put back the Western Digital Hard Drive on the PC remaining here. Western Digital provides free ''Acronis True Image WD Edition"
I was wondering if I could trust it for creating an image from the SSD to the HHD.I'm asking this for 2 reasons: Is it a trustworthy software? and -2- Is it smart to use such a thing backwards--from SSD to HDD?

Thank you


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07 Aug 2015   #2
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

In my opinion (having used Acronis for quite some time), it is very trust worthy.

Yes you can go from SSD to HDD or HDD to SSD with no issues.
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07 Aug 2015   #3
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

I'm now running Acronis TI Home edition 2010 on the 64bit Windows 10 as well as on the 64bit 7 Ultimate without issues going from Sata II to S3 drives and back from S3 to S2. The program is not only reliable but compresses the size of images down quite more then the backup option in Windows as far as drive space.

It's one of the best written softwares other then an older one like Norton Ghost that used to see a high rep in years past. With Acronis I can leave that running and go off and shoot some bugs or aliens in Steam driven game and find the image backup is complete with TI having run silently in the background. It's light on resources as well as dependable in the assessment I would give it!
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07 Aug 2015   #4
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

As someone once said, "trust but verify".

It should work. It will likely work. It may not work.

You'd be foolish to assume it will work.

Therefore, verify that it has been done successfully before you get on the airplane.
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07 Aug 2015   #5
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Ah gee I want to get on the flight without wings! Things go better when well grounded!

You can't even give the best Windows out the 100% guaranty of success 100% of the time! Where does leave everything else? And with any images made you would expect to be wanting to verify the integrity since you might have to restore it at some time! This is one reason I had been keeping a second OS drive in limbo inbetween Linux and now 10 in case I had any doubt about a system image made. Boot live off of the acronis cd with the 7 host drive unplugged and restore the image.

In fact the clone of the host drive over to the second for seeing 10 upgrade over that seemed like I was still in the host drive's copy of 7 from Acronis doing a great job with that. If you are in doubt about the present version of TI you have there there shouldn't be with the newer releases which would be even more updated as far as SSDs are concerned.

Even with the different technologies at work as far as hardwares are concerned they still are read in the same manner by software as far as volumes and partition sizes are concerned. Any good disk imaging program will compensate for any difference found in proportional or fixed sizing that you select when going to run the program and have to make the selection.
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07 Aug 2015   #6
pintree3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

I thank you all for taking the time to help me. All of your points are being taken into consideration. Having said that I would like to add 2 things if I may.
You all mentioned the trustworthiness of Acronis, but please note this is not a normal version of it but rather a "Western Digital version'' of it, which made me ask the question as to if it would work in this case or not. The manual mentions, for ex. from a WD hard drive to an SSD but not the other way around.
I also agree with double-checking 1st. My question is How do I do so? how do I verify? Or do you mean, make the image, see if it works, and if not, return back to the SSD? This makes sense I guess? or is there another way--since according to the Acronis manual I will be burning the image onto a CD?
Thanks again
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07 Aug 2015   #7
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

OUCH! WD as well as Seagate renaming, rebranding so to speak Acronis as the Sea Tools instead provide the stripped down form of Acronis where features like the One Click backup option isn't present. I have that here as well as the full 2010 version of TI now trying to see if the WD will run like the retail version does on Windows 10. If I take a fast screen you can see the two side by side for somewhat of a good immediate comparison.

Since the installation on the first failed attempt of Acronis on 10 left shortcuts behind awaiting a second attempt once 10 was cleaned up I now have to reboot so the 2010 can finish checking for the 2015 version I already have on the downloaded iso for! I'll have to edit this post afterwards to include the side by side view of the two types of the program.
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07 Aug 2015   #8
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

There are competing free applications that do not have the WD limitation.

I don't know if there are free versions of Acronis that don't have that limitation.
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07 Aug 2015   #9
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Well WD has their own brand of drive there explaining the limits as well as Seagate having their own while the regular freebies are trial versions of TI. Those offer the full features for 30days.

As for trying to grab a capture of both as soon as the 2010 Home version went on the WD shortcut now only brings up the full retail version since both share files in the exact same folder with retail canceling out freebie! Anyways I grabbed a fast snipping to add in here.




You'll immediately notice the much larger screen for the full retail version while this doesn' include the OneClick option to schedule full backup images on a custom schedule like having a full system image backup going on a daily basis.
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08 Aug 2015   #10
pintree3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

I am still waiting for WD to reply and they have yet to do so. Meanwhile, since I already have Comodo Backup I decided to use it and see.
I was trying to do a full disk image of my C: drive and I got the following msg: ''no viable destination disks found for the selected item"
I assume that since this is an image file and bootable and therefore it has to go on a DVD that I must choose -1- 'Disk Partitions and MBR and then -2- Backup format: Mirror disk/partition
Also my C: drive (on an SSD drive) where my OS sits, is on Disk 2 and NOT Disk 0 so neither Disk 0 nor Disk 1 were chosen. However, on the next step, where the above message popped up. There is a button that says, "Choose Disk" and below it are 2 choices: 'Disk 0' and 'Disk 1' Neither of which I originally chose nor want. So I am confused with everything here and do not know what to do.
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