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Windows 7: Any Acronis True Image users out there ?

29 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1
Any Acronis True Image users out there ?

Feel really dumb about this but how do you restore a ".tib" file creates with Acronis True Image software ?

I've looked around on the help files on their site but still not sure what to do ?

Since it's a tib file....will it load using Windows installation DVD...?...or do you somehow have to create an Acronis "loader" DVD and then restart the PC ?

Is there any real difference in an Acronis "tib" (image) system backup and Win 7's save a system image under Backup/Restore in the Control panel ?


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29 Apr 2011   #2

Seven ultimate 32bit

They differ by far... You'll have to create bootable media disk using Acronis and then boot from the CD to restore...
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29 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64


You don't have to make a boot dvd to recover files/partitions with Acronis.

  • Run Acronis
  • Find the Recover Option in the menu
  • Acronis will prompt you for which .tib file to use for recovery.
  • If the file or partition is in use by the Operating System, Acronis will re-boot the computer, do the recovery, then re-start Windows.
It's still not a bad idea to have Acronis make a boot disk for you, however.
It could prove very useful if you can not get Windows started.

Incidentally, .tib (true image backup) files are associated with Acronis when it is installed.

Acronis also provides a monitor so you can read these files directly. All you need to do is open one from within Windows Explorer.

Hope this helps,
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29 Apr 2011   #4

Windows 10 Pro X64

I think you can also boot the Acronis CD and use it to restore from the .tib file. I have ATI Home 2010 and "I think" it's bootable. I'm not sure about this and don't want to reboot to try it right now.

Edit: I finally checked this and I do not have an Acronis CD as I did not buy it in a store, but downloaded it from Acronis so the above is not true. I did create an Acronis Rescue disc and it works so that is definitely the way to go.
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29 Apr 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

You can recover your system or files while Windows is running from within Acronis.
Just choose the "Recover My Discs" option or "Recover My Files" option, whichever is appropriate for what you want to do.

If you are restoring a disc, (the OS for example) it will then show you all your Backups. Choose the one you want and hit proceed.
Acronis will prompt you to restart your computer at which point it will wipe the drive, and restore the image.

If for some reason you can not boot into Windows, you will need to boot from the rescue CD.
It will be the same procedure once Acronis boots, but you may need to point it to the location your backups are saved.

I strongly recommend burning a Recue Boot Disc just in case. You never know when it may be required.
Not only for a case in which Windows will not boot, but also if you replace your HD and want to restore the entire image to the new drive.

The option to do so is in the Tools menu, and it will guide you through the process.
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For the most part, a restore can be initiated from within Windows, and complete upon reboot.

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30 Apr 2011   #6
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

I generally restore from within windows. But if system won't boot, the Boot Disc is a must.

You can also mount the image as a drive to explore, or retrieve individual files.

Any Acronis True Image users out there ?-mount.jpg

A Guy

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30 Apr 2011   #7

windows 7 x 64 ult

Acronis is great !

Listen to the above replies and MAKE THE BOOT DISC !!!!!

I personally use the disc to restore and have found over the years that a majority of times when the process gets to the black window with "Loadind Acronis" is shown in the upper left hand corner, it will do nothing at all and I have to "control-alt-delete to start the process over again which seems to always work this time.

If you save your backup to a different hard drive than the drive you will be restoring your operating system to then the process will go twice as fast (at least for me). I have an old AMD 3600+ and it usually takes about 8 or 9 minutes compared to 20 if .tib image is on same HDD.

My computer is so tweaked visually (hours spent changing icons and such) that this is my favorite software by far.
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03 May 2011   #8

Seven ultimate 32bit

& ? Did you manage?
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03 May 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I know your question has since been answered, but I too am an Acronis True Image user.
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03 May 2011   #10

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
in conjunction with GPARTED or other partitioning software Acronis is also a great tool if you re-jig your partitions around - if you do this remember to set to ACTIVE any boot partitions you move around when doing Acronis restore.

You can also create a bootable USB stick if your computer can boot from these devices.

If you get into a real bind - so long as the archive is on an INTERNAL HDD on a different partition to the Windows OS you can usually restore using the SAFE version -- that is without Network or USB drivers.

The Acronis software is basically a small Linux system -- I've had on a few "Unbranded" Laptops the bootable restore program failing because the Linux kernel has got hosed when trying to load a USB driver when I select the FULL program on Restore.

Using the SAFE mode has never failed me yet. - Modern computers don't seem to have the problems with USB drivers and Acronis - but just in case you do then follow solution outlined above.

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