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Windows 7: Any Acronis True Image users out there ?

03 May 2011   #11
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

I use acronis, although for some wierd reason , I like version2010 better. I have bought over a dozen copies for my clients where I have them setup to automatically create a full image each sunday morning at 2am. It just works the way I want it to and has saved me (and my clients) much time in a couple of instances where their C drive went south or for some unknown reason they clicked on an attachment when they were supposed to.

I love it and have it on all my home machines. I always make an image before I do microsoft updates or install some program that I feel could put me in jeopardy. I buy mine from the user group store at a cheap price. ugr.com is their web site and the price is $25 for user group members. I don't have any financial interest, just like Gene and linda Barlow who have supported user groups for many years.

Rich


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07 Oct 2012   #12
digiti

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

I did my first Acronis True Image full back of my Windows 7 32 bit installation using Acronis True Image 11 from a booted rescue disc. I felt the backup took an inordinate amount of time: approx. 13 hours. Is this the norm? Would I be just as better off imaging from within Windows or is this wrong? Thanks very much

The hard drive is a WD 320gig 7200 on a Dell Inspiron e1505 laptop with a 1.6gig T2050 processor and 2gigs ram.
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07 Oct 2012   #13
edwar

7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by digiti View Post
I did my first Acronis True Image full back of my Windows 7 32 bit installation using Acronis True Image 11 from a booted rescue disc. I felt the backup took an inordinate amount of time: approx. 13 hours. Is this the norm? Would I be just as better off imaging from within Windows or is this wrong? Thanks very much

The hard drive is a WD 320gig 7200 on a Dell Inspiron e1505 laptop with a 1.6gig T2050 processor and 2gigs ram.
Where were you storing the image file. ,I never do backups or restores from inside Windows. I always use a Boot USB thumb that has Acronis TI on it and to image about 35+GBs take about 8 minutes to another internal drive and maybe 15-20 to a USB 2 external drive. That is on my desktop and it is about the same on my Dell E6420 notebook.

If you are imaging to a Network drive the time would be longer.
It all depends on how much data you are imaging. I have multiple drives in my desktop and 2 drives in my notebook and only image the physical drive that has the OS and programs install on it as I have all other data on multiple computers and multiple external drives.
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07 Oct 2012   #14
digiti

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

[/QUOTE]
Where were you storing the image file. ,I never do backups or restores from inside Windows. I always use a Boot USB thumb that has Acronis TI on it and to image about 35+GBs take about 8 minutes to another internal drive and maybe 15-20 to a USB 2 external drive. That is on my desktop and it is about the same on my Dell E6420 notebook.

If you are imaging to a Network drive the time would be longer.
It all depends on how much data you are imaging. I have multiple drives in my desktop and 2 drives in my notebook and only image the physical drive that has the OS and programs install on it as I have all other data on multiple computers and multiple external drives.[/QUOTE]

The drive has all my OS, programs and data on it and is the sole drive.I have over 100gigs of music files on this drive. I backup to an external USB2 500gig. I have always used the rescue disc to create my images when I had Win XP then Vista and now Win 7.I was just curious about creating an image from within Windows.
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07 Oct 2012   #15
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I make all my images from within windows. I have also done all my restores from within windows as the issues have never been that windows would not boot. I also use internal data drives for my backups. The full backup of about 35GB of data takes about 8 minutes this way.

A larger amount of data as you have, coupled with USB2 speeds would certaily take longer, but the time yours took is extreme. Did you also validate the image after creation?

Acronis does fine making images from within windows from my experience. And I continue to surf while they are being created with no performance issues.

A Guy
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07 Oct 2012   #16
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Always done backups from within Windows and System restores from within Windows without issue as well.
Just start the restore and wait for Acronis to ask for a reboot.

Only actually had to use the CD once or twice. But you should certainly make one ASAP, as you never know when you'll need it.


In regards to how long, many variables ...
On my system, Windows and apps only are on a 80GB HD. It takes 5-6minutes to do a Backup, to a secondary internal mechanical drive and the same to restore.

On another machine, it takes longer as both drives are mechanical, and is in the 15-20min range. (To be fair, this one is a single drive system with lot of DATA on it, music/videos etc -- dedicated Acronis Drive though))


If you are backing up to a partition on the same physical drive, it will increase the time required drastically. You really should have a place for Acronis to store backup, preferably a dedicated disk either internal or external.
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08 Oct 2012   #17
digiti

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
I make all my images from within windows. I have also done all my restores from within windows as the issues have never been that windows would not boot. I also use internal data drives for my backups. The full backup of about 35GB of data takes about 8 minutes this way.

A larger amount of data as you have, coupled with USB2 speeds would certaily take longer, but the time yours took is extreme. Did you also validate the image after creation?

Acronis does fine making images from within windows from my experience. And I continue to surf while they are being created with no performance issues.

A Guy
Yes I validated my backup from within Windows using Acronis and it is fine.
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19 Oct 2012   #18
Cymbal Man Freq

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

On Win XP I have to reboot between the time I create a backup and the time I validate it.

I found a fix to increase my Kernel Memory maximum to over 300,000K because Acronis uses a ton of Kernel memory in XP especially for long backups of several hundred GB to over 1 TB, and without enough Kernel memory Acronis crashes. Rebooting resets the Kernel Memory so it can do the Validation as a separate job successfully.

I have no idea what this means for Windows 7.

It takes about 24 hours to backup 1.3 TB on USB 2.0 to USB 2.0 drives, validation is extra.

I expect Win 7 would support USB 3.0 drives, but if permissions get in the way I wouldn't trust my external HDD on Win 7.
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