Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by gulfwindx, Oct 22, 2006.

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  1. gulfwindx

    gulfwindx Registered Member

    Oct 17, 2006
    Will TI 8.0 backup a image to DVD my 250 GB SATA drive has 20 GB on it which I wish to keep an Image of in case of a hard drive failure . What size would the Image be about ...... any guess would help Thanks in Advance
  2. seekforever

    seekforever Registered Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    TI8 will not directly write an image to DVD.

    You can do what is called the 2-step process. Create an archive on another partition on the same disk or another disk and then burn it to DVD using Nero, Roxio, or whatever burning program you like. Be sure you select the "verify after burning" feature of the burn program.

    If you do not have a second disk or partition, you can still create an archive on the partition being backed up. Ignore any warning messages. You must copy the archive off this area because you cannot restore to the same area the archive is stored on (the first thing it does is delete the partition and your archive would be gone).

    You should also use the TI validate archive feature before burning as well and be sure to specify a backup split size that will fit your DVD.

    A 20GB used space would result in an archive of about 12-14GB using Normal compression depending on the nature of the files. Already compressed files like zip, jpg, mpeg, etc will not compress further so if you have a lot of them the size could be larger.
  3. Menorcaman

    Menorcaman Retired Moderator

    Aug 19, 2004
    Menorca (Balearic Islands) Spain
    Hello gulfwindx,

    As far as using TI 8.0 to image to DVD, see my reply at <Post #4 in this previous thread>. Assuming a normal mix of programs and data, and using TI's "Normal Compression" setting, I would expect your "Full" disk image to be around 15GB or less.

  4. pvsurfer

    pvsurfer Registered Member

    Sep 1, 2004
    California - USA
    Backup/Restoring to/from DVD is a 'painful', if not unreliable, process - even with TI9 (and I speak from experience)!

    Do yourself a really big favor and get an external USB drive. You can find them on sale every week.
  5. ErikAlbert

    ErikAlbert Registered Member

    Jun 16, 2005
    I second that.
    Backup is your very last hope to save anything on your computer.
    ATI saved me several times in just 6 months. If you have any respect for backup, do it the right way and CD/DVD's are too risky.
    I never had any harddisk crash since I use computers, but I had several CD crashes and that was logical enough for me not to use them anymore.
  6. jelenko

    jelenko Registered Member

    Jun 6, 2006
    My experience is different. I've never had a CD/DVD die on me but have had 6 drives die over the past 6-7 years. This is over 4 pc's. One of the causes was a lightning strike, the rest just died. [I'm now running a SMART monitoring utility - hoping to anticipate the next failure.]
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