Best way for making functioning images

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  1. 660207

    660207 Registered Member

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    Hello,

    what is the savest way to get an functioning image?

    - Using rescue CD and do the Image direct to an external HD?
    - Using rescue CD and save the Image to an other partition first and after that copy it to an external HD or DVD?

    Or is there a better way in your opinion. I have no second HD in my computer.
     
  2. seekforever

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    I don't see much difference between either of your options as it pertains to the external HD. I personally consider DVDs inferior but not everyone agrees with this assessment of DVDs.

    I would actually make the image to the other partition and then copy to the external. The reason is that I use TI to save my system before trying some mod or new software. When finished, I can restore my system to exactly the state it was in before I started. Having the image on the other internal partition makes this fast and convenient. It however adds nothing to the security of the backups since it is on the same physical drive.

    The way I operate is to make images to a second internal HD as the primary backup and then copy selected images from time-to-time to the external.

    While I can't deny making images with the boot CD should be the most reliable way of making them since the HD is static, you will find that making them in Windows is probably faster and once you have confirmed that it works on your system it should be trouble-free.

    If you copy images to DVD make sure you use your burning software's "verify after burning" feature.

    Regardless of how you do your images the only way to confirm the process really works on your PC is to do some test restores.
     
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    Just be sure that some of your backups include backing up the entire disk which would include any and all partitions within that disk. Tick mark "Disk" rather than "partition".

    By having a full disk backup, you increase your options as to what can be done with it.

    Options include Restoring everything to a new disk or just restoring a single partition (system or data) should the situation demand. Likewise, if your backup only include some of the partitions, then upgrading to a new drive becomes difficult with individual specialized problems. A full backup is simple and easy to do--just tick the "Disk" option. This provides the most restore possibilities.
     
  4. Acronis Support

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    Hello 660207,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    Please note that as it was mentioned above there is no difference in using Acronis True Image in this case, since Acronis True Image 10.0 Home supports back up to almost any PC storage device: local hard drives, network drives or a variety of IDE, SCSI, FireWire (IEEE-1394), USB (1.0, 1.1 and 2.0) and PC Card (formerly called PCMCIA) removable media drives, as well as CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, magneto-optical, Iomega Zip and Jaz drives, even when booted into standalone version of Acronis True Image (for example, bootable CD).

    If you feel more comfortable you can use two-step method to save image archive to external hard drive.

    Thank you.
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    Michael Fedyulin
     
  5. 660207

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    Rescue CD or BartPE Plugin?

    And just another question:
    Is it better to use ATI from Rescue CD or BartPE-CD?
    What are the differences?
     
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    Re: Rescue CD or BartPE Plugin?

    No functional difference usually. BartPE will usually perform better because it uses windows drivers as opposed to the Linux drivers included with the rescue CD. If you use the rescue CD boot from it to make sure that it recognizes all your drives. Sometimes the included drivers do not recognize external drives.
     
  7. Acronis Support

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    Re: Rescue CD or BartPE Plugin?

    Hello 660207,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    Note that you can find information about the difference between ATI from Rescue CD and BartPE-CD in this post.

    If you have any further questions concerning Acronis software, please feel free to submit a request for technical support or post any of them on this forum.

    Thank you.
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  8. bulldog356

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    So, if a True Image Linux-based CD supports all my hardware - which it does - there's no need for a Bart PE CD, at least as far as restoring True Image backups is concerned?
     
  9. thomasjk

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    That is correct. However the Linux drivers may not perform as well as the windows drivers used by BartPE.
     
  10. 660207

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    Hello,

    maybe this question is a little bit stupid :cool:
    Is it possible to use ATI 9 on a BartPE CD to save and restore images on a Win 98 Computer?
     
  11. MudCrab

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    There shouldn't be any problem doing this as long as the hardware is detected correctly by the XP drivers in your BartPE setup.
     
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