difference between clone and full imag backup

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by rbig, Apr 7, 2009.

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  1. rbig

    rbig Registered Member

    Aug 8, 2004
    I'd like to know what the difference between running a clone action, and doing a full image backup is on Acronis
  2. seekforever

    seekforever Registered Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Clone takes drive 1 and copies it to drive 2 such that drive 2 is identical to drive 1 although it is possible to clone different sized drives. True Image only clones entire drives it will not clone selected partitions. Cloning is intended to be used when you are replacing a drive with a new one but since you have a made a copy it does work as a backup.

    An image reads the source drive and copies the in-use sectors to a file. It does not copy the pagefile or hibernation file (if present) since they are created on reboot. The data can be compressed and it is saved in a file or files. You can store as many images on the target drive as it will hold - compare this to only 1 copy if you are cloning.

    When the image is restored it puts the data back but it does not necessarily put the data that was in sector ABCD back into sector ABCD; the file system is adjusted accordingly.

    Since you can have multiple images and you can also make incremental backups (only the files that are created/changed since the last full or incremental are backed up) or differential backups (all the files created/changed since the full backup are backed up). This flexibility makes images more suitable for backup purposes.
  3. GroverH

    GroverH Registered Member

    May 10, 2006
    Massachusetts, USA
  4. jonyjoe81

    jonyjoe81 Registered Member

    May 1, 2007
    1.clone = hard drive to hard drive copy using the true image bootcd.

    2.full image backup = a compressed backup of a partition or multiple partitions of a hard drive. The backup file is known as a TIB file and can be saved anywhere.

    notes = an image backup of a "bootable" partition will always be "bootable" when restored.
  5. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

    Apr 28, 2004
    Hello rbig,

    Thank you for your interesting in Acronis True Image
    Check the following article in Acronis KB “Difference between Creating an Image with Acronis True Image and Using the Embedded Disk Clone Tool”. Use the following link

    Best regards,
    Dmitry Nikolaev
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