Possible to restore image to unpartitioned and unformatted HD?

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  1. webmal

    webmal Registered Member

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    I like to wipe my hard disk with DBAN before installing my images. I only have one partition on one hard disk. Therefore, is it possible to restore an image to an unpartitioned and unformatted hard disk?

    Thank you.

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  2. johnpd

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    Absolutely. I was able to restore an image to a fresh out of the box hard drive using TI. The image was of a drive with two partitions, one of which was the Windows system partition.. It restored both to the new drive and was to boot up Windows with no problem.
     
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    Let's assume your hd is 100GB and your data on those 2 partitions is only 25GB. I believe TI images the available data only (i.e. 25GB) and it also stores information about the partitions (partition table). Therefore, I best assume that TI is pretty smart since it created the balance of the file system (75GB)?

    I find this fact pretty amazing. Have you tried running XP's chkdsk to test the integrity of your file system?

    Thank you.

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    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

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    Hello webmal,

    Thank you for your interest in Acronis True Image (http://www.acronis.com/products/trueimage/).

    "Let's assume your hd is 100GB and your data on those 2 partitions is only 25GB. I believe TI images the available data only (i.e. 25GB) and it also stores information about the partitions (partition table). Therefore, I best assume that TI is pretty smart since it created the balance of the file system (75GB)?"

    Yep, you're right.

    Thank you.

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    Andrew Berezovsky
     
  5. johnpd

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    webmal,

    I did not test the integrity of my file system after restoring it. I had used only 18gb of a 60gb drive. The fact that Windows was able to boot up and I was able to run applications satisfied me. I did bring up Disk Management and everything looked kosher there.
     
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