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

30 Jul 2009   #21
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I have used DiskWizard.

It never had control of my MBR, neither did it prevent the use of any partition managers.

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One added benefit I hadn't used before in Acronis was it's ability to delete and create a partition on the very same drive that Seagate said only Diskwizard would be able to fix.
DiskWizard is Acronis True Image 11 and so is Maxblast 5, which probably explains that bit.


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30 Jul 2009   #22
Barefoot

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

It's possible my memory is wrong, but when you use it to install a disk doesn't Disk Wizard use disk overlay, dynamic disk or something similar which demands from that point forward that you are tied to using that disk manager to add or remove disks and partitions from your system?
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30 Jul 2009   #23
SIW2

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I don't know - I never used it for that. It would be very strange if it did.

I think you may be referring to the option to create a bootable backup capsule to store the images , and possibly a copy of itself?

That would involve the MBR and the creation of a non- standard partition for protection.

The Paragon I use offers something similar.

Both can be used to create/restore images without taking that option.
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30 Jul 2009   #24
Dave76

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How versatile is an image backup?

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When you attempted to boot to the restored Win7 parttion was there any error message? If so that would be clue....

Depending on any error message I may have tried the Vista (and Win7) Recovery Environment" "bootrec /fixmbr" command. But, again, I have not needed to use it much in Win7 (yet).

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Just ensure you keep a good image backup protected until you feel confident the repair was successful....
No error message. Only boot choice was Win7 on my external HD, which was not connected, and Vista. After re-installation of Win7 on C drive I now have 2 Win7s and Vista (3) boot options.
Two backup copies in different places, just 'in case'.

Win7 is going on my laptop next.
Will I be able to use the desktop backup image to work on the laptop?
I wouldn't think so, but it would save me from loading drivers and updates, new apps, etc.
Would restoring the desktop image to the laptop, then using the disk/USB for a 'repair' work? Or is that just wishful thinking?
Has anyone tried this on two different computers?
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30 Jul 2009   #25
Dave76

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barefoot View Post
Seagate "Diskwizard" is very large and it's a disk manager, which means it will always have control of the MBR, which means you can't use any other software to create or re-size partitions. If you can live with that then it's fine. I had an improperly dismounted partition on a Seagate drive and generic partition software would not work until that partition table error was fixed.

One added benefit I hadn't used before in Acronis was it's ability to delete and create a partition on the very same drive that Seagate said only Diskwizard would be able to fix.
I have DiscWizard installed and have made backups with it. Used Easeus partition Mgr to expand an exsisting partition using space taken from my OS C: drive. No problems with the partition adjustments or Vista after the change. This is the second partition adjustment done on my desktop with Easeus. No problems.
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30 Jul 2009   #26
SIW2

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Hi Dave76,

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Would restoring the desktop image to the laptop, then using the disk/USB for a 'repair' work? Or is that just wishful thinking?
Has anyone tried this on two different computers?
You can do that with the Paragon "Adaptive Restore" function.

I imagine Acronis has something similar, but I don't believe it would be in the Free versions, e.g. DiskWizard.



Paragon Adaptive Restore:

Create backup image of your system using either Drive Backup or Hard Disk Manager.

Create Recovery CD via Recovery Media Builder. Then boot from this CD your new hardware based machine and run into Normal Mode.

Select Simple Restore Wizard and browse for backup image. Select hard drive to restore image to.

Then check the "Restore to diffrent hardware configuration" box. This will make necessary changes during restore. Hit apply and wait till restore completes. Restart to Windows and install necessary drivers as requested by Windows.
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30 Jul 2009   #27
Dave76

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Hi Dave76,



You can do that with the Paragon "Adaptive Restore" function.

I imagine Acronis has something similar, but I don't believe it would be in the Free versions, e.g. DiskWizard.



Paragon Adaptive Restore:

Create backup image of your system using either Drive Backup or Hard Disk Manager.

Create Recovery CD via Recovery Media Builder. Then boot from this CD your new hardware based machine and run into Normal Mode.

Select Simple Restore Wizard and browse for backup image. Select hard drive to restore image to.

Then check the "Restore to diffrent hardware configuration" box. This will make necessary changes during restore. Hit apply and wait till restore completes. Restart to Windows and install necessary drivers as requested by Windows.
I also have Paragon Hard Disk Manager (8.5?) 32bit and Drive Backup SE, these are both special offers, free, and therefore older and somewhat limited functionality editions. But will give DiscWizard and Paragon a look to see if I have these options.
This will make the Win7 install much easier and faster.

Thanks for the information,
Dave
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30 Jul 2009   #28
SIW2

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I think you will need a more recent Paragon than that.

The problem you may have ( and this would be the same with a clean reinstall from 7 dvd ) is the laptop drivers may be very specific.

I would visit the mfrs site and d/l the latest drivers for your lappy model and copy them to cd.
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30 Jul 2009   #29
Muad Dib

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
Win7 is going on my laptop next.
Will I be able to use the desktop backup image to work on the laptop?
I wouldn't think so, but it would save me from loading drivers and updates, new apps, etc.
Would restoring the desktop image to the laptop, then using the disk/USB for a 'repair' work? Or is that just wishful thinking?
Has anyone tried this on two different computers?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
The problem you may have ( and this would be the same with a clean reinstall from 7 dvd ) is the laptop drivers may be very specific.

I would visit the mfrs site and d/l the latest drivers for your lappy model and copy them to cd.
Ditto on what SIW2 said.

Laptop drivers can be OEM/hardware specific, more so than desktop drivers. You may spend more time sorting out the quirks and problems than if you did a clean install with all the correct drivers in hand. JMO.
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31 Jul 2009   #30
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
I think you will need a more recent Paragon than that.

The problem you may have ( and this would be the same with a clean reinstall from 7 dvd ) is the laptop drivers may be very specific.

I would visit the mfrs site and d/l the latest drivers for your lappy model and copy them to cd.
Tried to get Paragon 9.5 SE, but it's not available anymore.

I have all the laptop 64bit drivers downloaded, in a file and on DVD.

Was Just Wondering out loud! Didn't think it would work!

Will do the laptop Win7RC 64bit install, then: drivers (chipset first, etc), windows updates, backup, install apps, backup, run for a week or so, backup again.
Then wait for the GA.

Thanks for the replies,
Dave
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