Beginner's Question

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by bosela, Jan 14, 2008.

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

    bosela Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2008
    Posts:
    2
    I cloned an image of the disk drive in my notebook to a hard drive connected to a USB II connection. The process was completed under Windows Vista Home Basic. True Image Home rebooted the system and performed the clone operation in a “secure” mode. The C: drive was backed up to the F: drive.

    My question is very basic: Can I use True Image Home to restore the cloned version of the system from the F: drive back to the C: drive? Since performing the clone operation I have tried to install a program that would not install under Vista and since that time I can not restore windows to an earlier checkpoint. If I can transfer the disk image back to C: it would resolve my problem.
     
  2. DwnNdrty

    DwnNdrty Registered Member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2007
    Posts:
    3,335
    Location:
    Florida - USA
    First make the bootable True Image Rescue CD from the installed software.
    Then boot with it and perform the Clone operation from your external back to the drive inside the notebook.
    NOTE: in Acronis speak, if you initially cloned the notebook to the external, what you have on the external is a Clone, not an Image. The term Image is reserved for when you use the Backup feature.
     
  3. sparkymachine

    sparkymachine Registered Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2007
    Posts:
    249
    Location:
    East Lancashire, UK
    Dwn is right of course. The purpose of cloning is not really for restore purposes but to take your system from one drive to another to use as a boot drive.
     
  4. jonyjoe81

    jonyjoe81 Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2007
    Posts:
    829
  5. bosela

    bosela Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2008
    Posts:
    2
    Thanks for the help. I will make creating a Recovery CD my first priority.
     
  6. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2004
    Posts:
    25,885
    Hello bosela,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    Please be aware that, as have been pointed by DwnNdrty and sparkymachine, there are two approaches available:

    Clone Disk - migrates/copies the entire contents of one disk drive to another;

    Backup - creates a special archive file for backup and disaster recovery purposes;

    Please take a look at this FAQ article explaining the difference between Clone Disk and Backup approaches in more detail.

    Actually, Clone Disk approach is usually used to upgrade the hard drive (e.g. install a larger disk), while Backup approach is basically dedicated for the complete data backup and disaster recovery purposes. Since you are interested in backing up your hard drive for the disaster recovery purposes, we would recommend you to follow Backup approach.

    Moreover, there are several advantages of creating an image over the disk cloning procedure such as: you can create an image without rebooting your PC, image creation can be scheduled for the particular point in time, Acronis True Image allows you to create incremental and differential images, image archive contains only the actual data and so it has a smaller size, images are ordinary files and so they can be stored on any type of the supported media, etc. However, the final choice is always up to your needs.

    You can find more information on how to use Acronis True Image in the respective User's Guide.

    As of the current situation, you can clone from your USB drive back to your system drive.

    Thank you.
    --
    Marat Setdikov
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.