Imaging Partitions - Advise?

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by Jeff_H, Feb 9, 2006.

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  1. Jeff_H

    Jeff_H Registered Member

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    Guys,

    I'm using TI8 build 937 to image an internal SATA HD with C: & D: partitions, to an external USB 2.0 case w/ internal SATA HD. I seem to remember reading that there's a difference in the way TI sees the MBR, depending on whether the image I create contains just the C: partition (my boot partition) or it contains both C: and D: partitions.

    Is there anything to this, or am I simply misunderstanding what I think I read?

    TIA,

    Jeff
     
  2. Allen L.

    Allen L. Registered Member

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    No you are correct in what you read. To make sure that the MBR is copied with the image to the external hard drive, be sure and check the box at the top, probably "Disk 1". You want to have all your partitions included as that will ensure you image the complete drive, MBR and all.

    Just a hint: After I make a rather large 'all partition' image as described above, I from then on image only my C: (Active primary partition) and leave any other partitions off the next images. This is just for a fast backup because of a program change or some 'fix' I make to Windows. In case of a major hard drive failure, I can always restore the older 'complete' image of all partitions I made and then afterwards restore the latest C partition by overwriting the older one in the full restored image. I use a separate backup program for certain data files on my other partitions.

    Hope this helps,

    ...Allen
     
  3. Jeff_H

    Jeff_H Registered Member

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    Allan, thank you for the response. And, thanks for confirming that the "Disk" box is checked. What I noticed was you can't check the "Disk 1" box and not have a partition unchecked. So, I like your idea of creating the large image every so often, and then creating the individual logical drive partitions in between times.

    Jeff
     
  4. pvsurfer

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    When I first bought my notebook, I partitioned its one physical HDD into C: (OS & Program Files) D: (Paging File) and E: (My Docs-Data-Image Files), solely for the purpose of optimizing my backup operations. I soon realized that an ATI image of just my C: partition would not suffice for disaster recovery purposes as it would not 'capture' the MBR.

    Does anyone know if that functionality is unique to ATI, or if it's characteristic of all image-backup programs (i.e., Ghost, IFW, etc.)? o_O

    ~pv
     
  5. Jeff_H

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    pvsurfer, that's a good question. I'll be anxious to see if anyone offers a cogent answer.

    Jeff
     
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