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Windows 7: Free versions -- Now IMO virtually USELESS

26 Nov 2012   #11

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The Linux CD on Macrium has always been restore only too.

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26 Nov 2012   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
CLONEZILLA (Linux alternative) still works fine as a free product but I'm not really sure if relying on open source software is a sensible strategy to adopt for a really important part of your system and data. Don't get me wrong - I'm a HUGE believer in open source but sometimes it's not the best choice and Clonezilla is a bit geekish to use so I'd say out for the average user who usually has a problem in understanding why they need backup at all until the lose all the ITunes Music. !!.

Although it does take some time to get used to it, I'll vouch for Clonezilla even though the open source thing might bother some. Dozens of perfect restores from at least a few hundred clones over the years.
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26 Nov 2012   #13

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
Question for Firebird

That could be "Freebird".

What ver of Acronis are you using? Has it replaced you disk drivers?
You can check in device manager to verify your disk drivers. The last ver I used was either 2012 or 2013, don't remember. But what I do remember is when I tried to uninstall I had to take a fire axe to it.
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26 Nov 2012   #14

Windows 10 64 bit

My current installed version is 2013 Plus Pack.

I didn't have any problems with the Linux Rescue disc with my old PC. I built a new PC this past summer with a Gigabyte GAZ77X UD5H motherboard. I had a problem and wanted to rebuild the hard drive from the latest backup. I booted with the 2012 Linux Rescue disc and was able to select the backup I wanted to use to restore from a USB connected hard drive. However, Acronis would never get past the point of selecting the "target" drive (the drive I wanted to restore to). I went on the Acronis forum and was advised there was a known issue with SOME motherboards and that those would require the WinPE/Acronis to restore. To create the WinPE/Acronis disc, the Plus Pack version of Acronis was required. As I had just upgraded to Acronis 2013, I purchased the Plus Pack addon. I went through the procedure with WAIK of downloading, creating the iso DVD, installing and then creating the WinPE/Acronis rescue disc. I then booted with the WinPE/Acronis and was able to select the backup to use and also able to select the target hard drive (which I wasn't able to do with the Linux version).

Before building the WinPE/Acronis disc, I tried Acronis rescue discs (Linux versions) that I had from previous versions and none would allow me to select the target drive.
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26 Nov 2012   #15

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
Yes, But

Did 2013 replace your ms disk drivers in Device Manager?
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26 Nov 2012   #16

Windows 10 64 bit

Oops. After looking at what I have, I have 2012 installed on my Win 7 install and the disc drivers are Microsoft. I'll install 2013 on my Win 8 drive (2013 is required for Win 8).

After going through and rebuilding the hard drive from the Acronis backup it turned out Win 7 was the problem. The problem I had with Win 7, SFC did not detect any problem, but it would lose what was on the hard drives and the OS would hang up trying to search the drive(s). I had to reformat the hard drive (Intel SSD) and start over with Win 7, yesterday. I forgot that I installed the 2012 version when I reinstalled. Reinstalling everything, I lost track of what version I had installed.
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