I don't want my image split... but I can't avoid it!

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by zeze, May 8, 2007.

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  1. zeze

    zeze Registered Member

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    Hello there.

    I'm using Acronis True Image 10 build 4171, and I'm trying to do a full backup (image) of my main hard disk (200gb) to my external hard disk (an Iomega 320gb).

    My question is: why is acronis splitting my image in 4.2gb files when it backups to my external 320gb disk? I've set the splitting option to "Automatic", so I guess the program would creat a single not split backup file in my external disk right?


    Best regards
    José Ramos
     
  2. foghorne

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    FAT32 is limited to 4GB. Format it as NTFS.
    Note that the format will destroy your data, so either move it first or use the convert utility from the command line.

    F.
     
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    You external drive is formatted FAT32. 4GB is the file size limit for FAT32. If you format your external drive to NTFS then you will get one large backup file.
     
  4. zeze

    zeze Registered Member

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    Thanks for your explanation. And now I feel dumb... :)

    What would you do in my situation? Would you format it in NTFS, or keep the fat32? I'm asking this because I read somewhere that linux doesn't recognize NTFS, and one never knows when your windows might eventually crash, and you need to browse your hard disk through a linux live cd, so it would be better to format it in fat 32.
     
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    The rescue CD has no problem in reading NTFS partitions or disks, providing you have no problems in seeing your external drive when booted from the rescue CD now you wont have any if you convert it.
    As a separate issue I have seen some posts regarding Iomega external drives, you may want to search this forum for post re Iomega and check them out
     
  6. zeze

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    Thanks. I'm going to format the drive in NTFS. I guess that the new ubuntu can see and write NTFS disks...

    About the Iomega, I can't find anything in this forum related to my specific drive. It's a Iomega Value Series 320gb, and it's nothing more than a Seagate Barracuda 7200 with a Iomega enclosure.
     
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    Boot from the TI bootable rescue CD to be sure you can see your external drive after you format the drive as NTFS. The rescue CD is Linux based.
     
  8. MudCrab

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    zeze,

    You could always partition the external hard drive making an NTFS partition for storing TI images and a FAT32 partition to use for Linux sharing.

    NTFS support is getting better in Ubuntu (and others) but it's still a closed format. You may not want to risk your backup images getting lost if a linux write screws something up. Read access shouldn't be a problem, but I can't see why you would need to read the TIB files in Ubuntu. This is just my opinion so take it for that.
     
  9. zeze

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    I'm planning to backup a drive image in the TIB format, so that I can recover my whole system in case my internal disk fails, and I'll also backup all my important data in a non-compressed format, so that it is readily accesible, in case I loose any of it.
     
  10. Howard Kaikow

    Howard Kaikow Registered Member

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    Where did you documentation that Ubuntu 7.04 can write NTFS drives, not using a 3rd party thingee?
     
  11. zeze

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    Isn't that 3rd party thingee included in the live-cd?
     
  12. Howard Kaikow

    Howard Kaikow Registered Member

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    I've not yet installed the CD, so I do not know.

    In any case, IMNSOHO, the file systems are too important for me to use any file system not supported by the linux kernel and considered stable.

    It is safer to copy, as necessary, files to a FAT32 partition and work with them there.
     
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