Poss to at least "look" in secure zone?

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by timmy, Mar 28, 2005.

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  1. timmy

    timmy Registered Member

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    We have switched to the "secure zone" for storing images. There does not seem to be any way (at least none we could find?) to check on the size of the images in the secure zone, since it is hidden. It would be nice if we could at least look in there, promising not to touch anything. But no, unless you know a way? We do notice that when we make "incremental" backups, they are the same size as full ones, which seem strange. Whether they end up that way, ie same size as full, in the secure zone, we have no way of knowing since, as described above, that file is "hidden." Any solutions possible? Thanks and rgds

    Also, if the incremental files are the same size as the full files, would it not be better just to not bother with incrementals and always make a full file instead? That way the "secure zone" would not get filled up, even if you kept it at a small size. Since you would have one full file overwring another, instead of 5 or 6 or even more full-size files (the incrementals being the same size as the full ones).
     
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    Hello timmy,

    In simple terms, when creating a full image, TI takes a "thumbprint" of the in-use sectors and saves this, along with the data on these sectors, to the image file. When creating an incremental image, TI compares the "thumbprint of the current in-use sector layout with the "thumbprint" saved in the full image. Only the data in those sectors that have changed is then saved to the incremental image. Using any software, particularly disk defraggers, that significantly alters the in-use sectors layout in between images will result in an incremental image almost the same size as a full one.

    If Ti runs out of space in the SZ it will delete the oldest full image, create a new one and start the incremental process anew as explained by Acronis Support in this <previous thread>. So, whether you continue to use incrementals or just create a new full one each time is your choice. If you're not interested in rolling back to intermediate restore points, and the data to be imaged is less than 10GB, then I reckon it's just as easy to create full images.

    Regards
     
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