ATI 9: Trying to test restore partition - does not boot

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  1. c20let

    c20let Registered Member

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    Hi folks,

    I have been using Acronis TrueImage 9 for two weeks to backup my drives. To test the restore capabilities I did the following:

    1. Create image of my XP partition on drive 1 (primary partition)
    2. Restore image to drive 2 (extended partition)
    3. Tried to boot the restored image - failed

    Well, I see that booting from an extended partition is not supported by XP (?) but my boot manager (boot-us) says it can boot from an extended partition ...
    On drive 2 there is my old installation of XP which I would like to keep (for now) in case the drive 2 crashes

    Any hints?
    Michael
     
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    jmk94903 Registered Member

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    Select the entire drive and not just one partition when making the backup image. Restore the entire drive and not just one partition. If you do that, the drive will boot in almost all cases.
     
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    c20let Registered Member

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    Well, that does not help me in the current situation :) I think it could be necessary to restore just one partition - which I am trying to test.

    Michael
     
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    At what stage did it fail. Did you get as far as a boot.ini menu ?

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    I believe in version 9, you must image all partitions from drive 1 in order to include the MBR*. If you do not, the restored image won't be bootable no matter what third party utility you employ to intervene.
    * http://www.boot-us.com/gloss04.htm
     
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    Wouldn't it be ok to install a bootable MBR with "fdisk /mbr"?
    Michael
     
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    If you were restoring the XP partition to the current bootable drive, it would boot. However, you are installing it to a different drive and to a different partition. As a result, BOOT.INI is pointing to the wrong partition among other problems.

    Why don't you try restoring the XP partition to another drive in place of the current boot drive. You should prepare the drive by FDISKing it with a Windows 98SE boot disk to create an MBR and an active partition. Or you could do this with other software. When you restore the XP image to that drive, it should boot as long as XP was in the first partition of the orginal drive.
     
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    Hi,

    I succeeded with restoring the "new" XP to the first (primary) partition of the second ("old") drive 2. This works just fine and restoring the "old" XP, too.

    Thanks for your support, Michael
     
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