Drive Snapshot new system restore

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  1. osip

    osip Registered Member

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    New untested system restore function in DS v1.40.0.14557.

    http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/restboot.htm
     
  2. Aaron Here

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    What's new in Drive Snapshot 1.40

    - Supports Windows 7/Server2008 R2
    - Supports Linux Ext4
    - Can restore the system drive on system restart
    - Moving to different hardware has been enhanced

    Cost: 39 EUR / 53 USD
     
  3. nikanthpromod

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    thats gr8 :thumb:
     
  4. OldMX

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    Sounds like a very tasty feature, to complement the very fast backup speed it already has.
     
  5. doctorow

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    That's very very neat! Did anyone already try?

    Btw, it says support for Ext4 got added. Did anyone ever try backing up an Ext3 partition with DS? Does it skip over empty sectors just as it would with Windows-based partitions?
     
  6. demoneye

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    the best backup (and trsuted) software over the net!! and i try them all!
    most important adding IMO for ver 1.4

    "Drive Snapshot (since 1.40)can restore the system drive during the next restart


    direct link include screen shots!!

    http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/news.htm
     
  7. loli22

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    i do use it for ext3 extensively and i can ensure you it's rock solide, fast and it can skip empty sectors.

    i still cant understand how 250kb program can be far more reliable than 80mb program
     
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    that the beauty of it :) pure code no bloated software :cool:
     
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    Hell ya!! Freaking fantastic!!! (The cripple just did a cartwheel.) This program, although expensive, is incredible; small, powerful, and somewhat geeky with its use of the optional command line. If you are able to build a PE disc, there is no better imaging application. These two improvements are invaluable, something you willo not know until you need them:

    - Can restore the system drive on system restart
    - Moving to different hardware has been enhanced
     
  10. Brian K

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    Yes. It was a dream restore. This is a GREAT feature!
     
  11. osip

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    This is indeed stunning news for this exeptional sw...I'm going to test it myself today.
     
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    I just rested the new restore feature and I wasn't successful. I was told that there was a password for the encrypted .sna, for which I should have been prompted. Also, my keyboard was not functional; so the "Press any Key' prompts did me no good as I couldn't use them. Cold boots diod not help the problem either.
     
  13. Brian K

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    My first restore was with WinXP. No problems.

    I tried two restores with Win7 (two different images) and at the completion of each restore I saw, "An error has occurred". But the restored Win7 booted. The "error" is concerning.
     
  14. Aaron Here

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    n8/Brian,

    Sorry to hear about the Win7 issues. I just tried v1.4's reboot-restore (on my WinXP SP3 system) and it was both easy and successful. I must say I'm very impressed.

    If Tom would only wake up and 'smell the coffee' insofar as providing a WinPE recovery-disk he would soon dominate the disk-imaging market.

    Aaron
     
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  15. osip

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    Successfully restored system on my laptop, win 7 ult, from a splitted DS image from my FAT32 USB drive. I made following remarks:
    system drive in one partition 111GB, used 18.5 GB
    restored in ~16 min, key press to reboot OK
    started up in safe mode startup menu, choosed normal start.
    This followed by a CHKDSK check of my C drive, no errors noticed.

    Maybe the startup error (?)and CHKDSK is not an error but a normal win handling of the DS DOS-like(?) booting and restore process. Anyway the restore was completed and no errors or other pecularities after above noticed.
     
  16. Brian K

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    I checked the Win7 partition in BING and its 2048 sector alignment was "off". The alignment was corrected, the partition was imaged and restored and there was no error at the completion of the restore. I'll convert the partition to cylinder aligned and test again.
     
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    Same here, XP SP2.
     
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    There is an updated version that deals with the problem of encrypted images. I downloaded the corrected version, and I was not given the same password message this time. However, I was still not able to use my keyboard, but it works with booting from the Windows 7 DVD. Also, I was told the image restored successfully, then I was told that "an error occurred" after that. I was not given any other messages. The restoration seemed to be incomplete because I had nothing but problems after that; after the automatic semi-reboot Windows loads but the "users" directory seems to be corrupted, because ever auto-start application that relies on that directory prompts me at boot. Manually rebooting the system at that point results in a BSOD. The only way to
    recover from that is to restore a DS image using PE. Restoring the same image I tried before works perfectly this time.

    BrianK - Might this be the result of what you discovered?
     
  19. Brian K

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    A cylinder aligned Win7 imaged and restored without an error. Chkdsk didn't run but it had run on a few occasions with the other restores. I didn't make a note of which restores.

    n8chavez, the mal-aligned partition could have been the cause of my error. In BING, View MBR, what is your LBA and Sectors value for Win7?

    Did you try, "Automatic reboot even on error"?

    Same here.
     
  20. Brian K

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    I imaged and restored the mal-aligned Win7 partition again. No errors this time. I give up.
     
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    interesting will test tonight
     
  22. pinso

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    Thats really a nice thing to hear, it will save a lot of time booting from Barte PE, the Backup Restore is the fastest of any Backup Program out their i.e,imo...
    But my Primary System Restore still is FD, only if both my snapshots fail do i use DS.....which from now onwards i'lll do consistently.

    Simply a Great Program,,,,,
     
  23. pdf

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    Getting the same error here, both on my actual system & VMware, both run Win7 x64, both were partitioned using diskpart, here is my MBR:

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  24. Brian K

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    pdf,

    Your 2048 sector aligned partition is perfectly aligned.

    I like your screenshot. Did you edit a PCX file or was it from VMWare?

    I had a different error yesterday. "A disk read error occurred. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to restart". Win7 won't boot but it will boot if I install BING and create a Boot Item. When BING is uninstalled, Win7 won't boot. I'll keep working on it. Weird. The BCD Edit in BING looks normal.

    I do recall getting a BSOD after the restore but I was imaging a messed up Win7. I had copied the booting files from a SRP to the C: drive and did not delete the SRP. Also, I enlarged the target partition from DS. But deleting the SRP now doesn't change the above error. Disconnecting the second HD makes no difference. I'm getting a little concerned about the safety of this type of restore with DS.
     
  25. Brian K

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    It was a partition alignment issue. BING reported the file system finishing outside of the partition. I did a Slide to move the start of the partition and a Resize up to take care of the other end of the partition. A BCD Edit was then needed and now Win7 boots normally. But, it should not have happened.
     
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