Acronis 9 backing invidual things

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by Avail, Mar 7, 2006.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Avail

    Avail Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2004
    Posts:
    29
    I have 3 simple quick question to ask, if you want to backup your system + select which files you want to include in the image can you be able to do this? I read that Acronis 9 cannot back up invidual files and folders when creating an image file? Is this true? It can but it needs to be seperate?

    Can you backup up your system but with out the programs? So can you be specific on what should be on the image file?

    2. When backing up will all your network setting be restored? So your internet will work as long as the hardware has not change.

    3. If let say you accidentally deleted your system files can can no longer start up windows can u use Acrnois to restore just your system settings files and leave all your docs and application intake? Also I do not want to image my entire system just restore the important system files. Do I need shadowuser for this? Is Acrnois capable of doing this? Just bootup using it's manager and say restore system settings. Just like windows restore but now you can do it in bootup. :)

    thank you!
     
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2006
  2. seekforever

    seekforever Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2005
    Posts:
    4,751
    TI has 2 modes. Files and Folders (FF) and images. FF is best suited for data files. Images are best suited for making a complete copy of a partition, particularly when that partition is the active OS partition.

    When an image is restored everything is restored and that means that your network and whatever else was operational is returned to the operational state. You cannot pick and chose which files are in an image as you can in a FF backup. Considering the dependancies contained within the OS picking and choosing the right files would be tricky. It may be a bit bigger and it may take a little longer but when I have an image I know I have a workable backup.

    Be planning your disk layout you can minimize the backing up amount and time. Consider using C for your OS, D for your apps, E for large unchanging apps like major games, and F for data that you personally create and is available nowhere else (letters, spreadsheets, photos, drawings, etc).

    You can adjust the above to suit your needs; in my PC, C and apps ("D") are my C partition. IMO, the worst thing is to mix your OS and your data; you want to be able to blow the OS away at any time and restore it without having to worry about datafiles.
     
  3. bertie

    bertie Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2005
    Posts:
    5
    Location:
    Dorset UK
    I agree, I have my data on a USB disk separate from the notebook disk.
     
  4. bertie

    bertie Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2005
    Posts:
    5
    Location:
    Dorset UK
    I agree, I have my data on a USB disk (F:\), separate from the notebook disk and use C:\ D:\ E:\ same as you.
     
  5. Avail

    Avail Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2004
    Posts:
    29
    Thanks seek forever for the tip! Few questions


    1. what do you mean by FF? And what Is TI?

    1b. Why would you slipt up your data? OS on C: D: for Appli and so forth? Are you saying that if you need to format C u won't lost your application on D?

    1c. If you do reinstall C would u need to reinstall all the application on D so u can see the icons in START. Or will the settings remain the same?

    2. Could you please tell me what program can restore your system settings only so your applica

    Thanks!
    avail
     
  6. herojig

    herojig Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2004
    Posts:
    127
    Location:
    Kathmandu Nepal
    This is interesting. I have always thought it better to leave the OS and the APPs on the same drive C, but DATA on D, and large media files on another drive say E. I don't see the point in seperating C&D - OS and APPS - because at least in XP they are so tied together, ie restoring an older version of the OS will more then likely break the apps and/or require a reinstall of the app anyway. Besides on almost windows program installs, it defaults to C:\programs, what a pain to change all the time! Whatcha think about that?
    jigs
    :D
     
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2006
  7. seekforever

    seekforever Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2005
    Posts:
    4,751
    I answered in the quote section.
     
  8. seekforever

    seekforever Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2005
    Posts:
    4,751
    My post to Avail says that I fundamentally agree with you since mine with the exception of large games like Flight Simulator, Train and Casino. These 3 games require 5GB and the files never change and have been twirling around on the disk for ages so why would I want to keep imaging them in order to capture the latest changes to my C drive, essentially almost doubling the size and time of the backup. Any of my backups going back well over a year have them included in the registry. (My C drive is 7GB, my logical drive with all the games is 12GB - waste of time backing that 12GB up over and over.)

    Although updates don't make them as unchanging, you could probably apply the same theory to apps like MS-Office or equivalent, a CAD program, Photoshop, etc and some people do just that.

    Obviously adding apps to another drive certainly does mean you have to image both drives to have a complete backup when you make the addition.
     
  9. Avail

    Avail Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2004
    Posts:
    29
    Thanks for taking your time to reply back to me. Still I do think it is easier if everything is installed on 1 drive, less complicated.

    1. What I am really am wanting to know is in the event of a system crash can TI return windows to a previous uncorrupted working state? I know TI can restore an image file but not taking about this. Just a system restore

    1b. If TI can't do this what program can? What program can restore it during bootup?

    thanks!
     
  10. seekforever

    seekforever Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2005
    Posts:
    4,751
    I never worry about things like that because if I installed something that badly screwed-up my system I would restore a previous image.

    Windows Restore will do it to a certain extent. It seems to have gotten a weak reputation from its early days but I found it OK when I used it.

    Have a look at Norton Go Back and see if that is what you are looking for.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.