new acronis user needs quick startup help

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  1. bakern

    bakern Registered Member

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    What i would like to accomplish, much what I did with Ghost, I make a mirror image backup of my c: main partition only.

    I would like to keep a few generations of such an image on a single 1 terabyte hard drive.

    I have other stuff on that hard drive that I dont want to clobber.
    How can i create multi generations of the c: image onto a single Hard drive without destroying previous generations or other stuff on that drive?

    Tia for any support you may provide.
    Neil
     
  2. snifferpro

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    Just do a simple backup of C to the 1TB drive. Shouldn't bother anything
    already on the drive.
     
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    I find the documentation to be very bloated and I cannot zero in on what I would like to do.
    So far, I have been able to clone the c: but it creats an exact copy (I guess that is what a clone should be, with resized partitions).

    What are the steps required (what options or processes should I select) in order to be able to create a backup (one partition) that will restore my c: . I am only interested in the os and installed software (registry etc) , My data is well taken care of elsewhere.

    Then i need to know what to do to restore the C: but only one partition.

    Like the header says still a newbie with Acronis 11 .
    Thanks again
    Neil
     
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    Check my guides on line 2 of my signature below.
     
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    Bakern, what version are you using?
     
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    Just do an image backup of "my computer", make sure it's a full backup. the default normal compression should be good. This will create a backup file (known as a TIB) of your c: partition. This backup will be bootable when you decide to restore it.

    You can store as many TIB's as will fit on your external drive. A TIB is like any other file and won't overwrite anything on your external. I always store a weekly and a monthly backup of my c: drive on an external.
     
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    i am using ati 11-home
    I guess what is confusing to me is the differenchat e btw clone and backup.
    I understand the clone. can only have a single generation of he clone.

    My computer has finally been manually restored to the way I want it and now make a clone and put it away for full restore (actually using the clone as c:\) or cloning the clone back to a possibly corrupt c:.

    What i would like to do at this point is make weekly or monthly backups of the c: to be used in case a windows system restore fails (has happened to me many times).

    I would like to be able to use that weekly/monthly back up to do a full system restore in the event of a problem.

    What process should i use for the monthly/weekly backup to create a file which I can use to fully restore my c: (os and all)?
     
  8. snifferpro

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    I use this method to do weekly backups.

    I use 3 hard drives as follows:

    1. Drive C: - boot drive - to be backed up.
    2. Drive D: - drive to contain my backups. (Can be internal or external).
    3. Drive 3 - Drive to restore to.

    Here is my procedure:

    1. Backup full C drive to D drive.
    2. Disconnect C drive.
    3. Insert Drive 3 into system (or can be external - internal is faster).
    4. Boot from Rescue CD.
    5. Restore my image from the D drive to the new drive (Drive 3) I inserted,
    6. After restore is complete, disconnect D drive.
    7. Boot system - it should boot from new drive (Drive 3).
    8. If it boots correctly, you have verified your image, you have verified that
    you can boot the Rescue CD, and you have verified that you can restore
    the image.

    Now you can remove the new drive (Drive 3) from the system, reconnect
    your original C and D and boot.

    You now have a drive (Drive 3) that is ready to insert and boot in the event of a failure of your C drive.

    Drives are cheap enough to be able to do this.

    I use removeable drive bays for all 3 drives so that all I have to do is
    turn the power switches off on the drives I want to remove.
    Don't have to go into the system case.
     
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    Off topic a bit:
    I love the idea of removable drive bays. USB backups and restores of C: is too time consuming.

    How can I modify my tower for removable drive bays.

    back to topic:
    Is the backup you refer to a full system backup? Will it restore my operating system and software?

    Thanks to all for your assistance.

    Note to Acronis. While a newbie with Acronis, I am doing pc's since 1978 and consider myself quite knowledgeable. I find your documentation to be overly verbose. I don't want to do anything fancy with the backups, just a simple backup and restore of my c:, OS and software in case of disaster.

    This can all be in a single quick start page and followed up by all the verbosity.
    Just a suggestion.
     
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    Hi bakern,
    I hope you never have to contact their chat support as I did. I kept telling their tech I had to go to work and he just kept on and on. He also kept telling me he was going to make it quite simple, yeah right! Anyway, after a few hours I was up and running again. I've used True Image 11 for a couple of years now and found it fairly easy to make a simple backup of my C drive. Go into operations start the backup wizard and follow the prompts. It pretty well guides you to what you want to do. Especially since all you want to do is backup your system drive. It's the same with restore. Start the recovery wizard and follow the prompts. It will allow you to pick the archive you want to restore and off you go. a couple of clicks and a reboot and you're restored.
     
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