Back up of obsolete ME98 system

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by dhopley, May 12, 2007.

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  1. dhopley

    dhopley Registered Member

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    Dear Forum ,
    Hi , I'm a newbie to present day backup/recovery routines with a purely 'silver surfer' home PC requirement . My system is an old ME98 and with a mere 12.7G hard disk which I have only ever half used in the last eight (:cool: years . At my local computer shop I can probably pick up an equivalent hard disk and I would like then to establish the ability to completely backup from lets say the C drive to the second hard drive E . Will appropriate disk imaging software copy such that I could simply recover by varying my BIOS , booting from E rather than C ? If so it would then give me the opportunity to launch into my main objective to experiment with a Ubuntu 7.0.4 set up for the longer term whilst retaining the ability to go back to my very reliable Windows set up if I wanted . Obviously I'm penny pinching but it would be nice if the appropriate software was also suitable for a subsequent regular Ubuntu system back up , if using that OS proves a benefit . I recently installed a card reader into one of the USB ports and the first I bought was faulty in not reading an SD card , and at the computer shop the technicians were mostly bewildered and slightly defensive about the uncluttered responses of my ME98 machine as against their XP/SP2 and Vista machines , which they were using to diagnose the fault . The software suppliers obviously increasingly are cold shouldering ME98 and removing obsolete back catalogues which at one time they usually made freely available , but I would appreciate any leads as to where I might find software towards what I realise that most of you would regard as an 'agricultural' solution . Thank you ,
     
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    Clarify one thing - is the OS windows 98 or windows ME or are you dual booting and have both? To do what you want to do with just one extra hard drive, here's how I would procede.
    After installing the True Image software, make the bootable True Image cd.
    Boot with the cd and make a Backup (compressed Image) of the old drive and save this image initially to the new drive.
    Once this is done, move the Image to the old drive - there should be enough room from what you say.
    Next boot with the TI cd again and use the Recover function to restore the image to the new drive - this is to test that your Image will actually work when restored.
    Now you can either change the boot order or connect the new drive in place of the old so that the system will boot from the new drive.

    Once you have established that the Backup image works, you can use whichever drive you want to play with Ubuntu.
     
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    Hi , DwnNdrty thank you for your reply , and yes my machine is Windows 98SE only . The steps you described sound good and does Acronis True Image sell a version which is runnable on 98SE and later could possibly be used with a Linux system ?
     
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    DwnNdrty Registered Member

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    I believe the True Image version for Linux is a separate piece of software to that for Windows. And check on their web site to see if the Windows version covers win98 plus all the later Windows.
     
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    dhopley Registered Member

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    Thank you I appreciate your advice
     
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    Hello dhopley,

    Pardon me but I do not understand what for you need a backup program at all.

    Let me explain:
    You said that you can get a second drive and you wish to experiment with Ubuntu and wish to “use” BIOS to boot from rather first or second drive.

    Why don’t you just install Ubuntu on a second drive and leave Windows on the first on intact. You can play with Ubuntu and whenever is needed boot to your stable Windows system.

    I can see that you may want to backup Windows system in case something goes wrong. This you can do with Acronis True Image. Acronis True Image 10.0 Home does not support Windows 98 any more, but Acronis True Image 9.1 Workstation does. However, as DwnNdrty said you can use Acronis Bootable CD created with either Home or Corporate version of Acronis True Image to boot your PC and backup Windows or Linux operating system (since FAT16/32, NTFS, Ext2/Ext3, ReiserFS and Linux SWAP supported by ATI).
     
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