Renaming set of SPLIT Image Files

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  1. YJS

    YJS Guest

    I'm new to True Image (ver. 9.0). From other threads, I gather the program allows renaming of files (say, to incude dates).

    Question: If my image files are split (700MB size each part) and I rename each set of files which constitute an entire disk image consistently (same name+same date, keeping the numbered order intact), when I need to restore a drive, would the program 'follow' from the first split onward recognizing the renamed splits as related parts?

    Thanks!
    YJ
     
  2. Allen L.

    Allen L. Registered Member

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    The program puts a number on each file as it produces them. If you rename the files and retain the numbering sequence you should be fine. I don't remember exactly, but the program may ask for the last disk first, and then require the first to start the restore, so the numbering is important...the changed naming of the files should not matter as long as you keep the numbering sequence the way the program 'wrote' it.

    ...Allen
     
  3. seekforever

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    I usually make the date part of the filename when I create the backup. I also include the drive letter so a typcial filename for TI is:

    C051105Part

    Which means drive C 2005 11 month 05 day Part 1 or 2 or ... Acronis puts the 1 or 2 or whatever on the name. Somebody in an earlier post mentioned the trick of putting "Part" in the filename to make it clearer.

    I preferred the DriveImage way of using the extension for the sequence number. First one was name.pqi and subsequent ones were name.002, name.003 but it ain't no big deal.
     
  4. YJS

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    Thanks for your replies.

    I'm using the Scheduler to do daily images, therefore I cannot name each run with a unique date, in the original naming. Instead, I intend to write a batch file that will rename each set of split segments so that the current date becomes part of the name -- Fred Langa's method, and others' as well.

    Great idea to include the word "Part" in the name!

    Bottom line: does anyone have *experience* in actually using RENAMED image/backup files for Restore? (Last thing one needs is for the program not to recognize its own image files when they're needed the most...)

    Many Thanks!
    YJS
     
  5. rdgrimes

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    No need to do this really. TI can read the date and time of creation from the image properties, and this is available when you browse images for restoring, exploring and verifying, etc.

    But to test your approach, just use the verify function.
     
  6. YJS

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    Thanks for pointing this out!

    But if I want to store several sets of split files in subdirectories (say, one for the C drive, another for the K drive, etc) the system will not be able to store *multiple* sets all with the same file name, right?

    SO, if the program cannot name image sets with the current date automatically becoming part of the file name, I need to get them renamed. Hence the question: will the program recognize the relationship among the several (700MB) file splits, once they have been renamed.

    Thanks!
    YJS
     
  7. jmk94903

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    Yes, no problem. Just be sure to make the names identical up to the digit for the file parts. I've done this often when I didn't like the first name that I gave an image in haste. :)
     
  8. Acronis Support

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    Hello YJS,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    I'm sorry for the possible misunderstanding, since it is a little bit unclear to me from your explanation what exactly you want to perform. However, I can see only two possibilities available.

    The first one is:

    - You have a set of images:

    image.tib which is a full image created on 01.11.05

    image2.tib which is an incremental image created on 02.11.05

    image3.tib which is an incremental image created on 03.11.05

    etc.

    - Special batch file renames this images according to the creation dates which is as follows:

    image.tib -> 01_11_05.tib

    image2.tib -> 02_11_05_2.tib

    image3.tib -> 03_11_05_3.tib

    etc.

    Is this correct?

    If yes, then I should say that it's better not to do so, since you might face some problems having such file naming. For example, if during the restoration you will select the second backup it will not "see" the third part and will suggest you only 2 restore points: for the full image and for the first incremental. If you will select the full image then it will not suggest you any other restore points at all.

    Moreover, renaming image archive files in this way is senseless, since all volumes of your image archive already have the appropriate records inside. Thus when you select any file from the set of images, the program automatically suggests you several restore points according to the incremental images creation dates.

    The second possibility is as follows:

    - You have an image that is split into several parts and was created on 01.11.05.

    image1.tib

    image2.tib

    image3.tib

    etc.

    - Special batch file renames them in the following way:

    image1.tib -> 01_11_05_1.tib


    image2.tib -> 01_11_05_2.tib


    image3.tib -> 01_11_05_3.tib

    etc.

    - The process repeats for the image created on 02.11.05, ect.

    In this case there will not be any problems restoring such "renamed" image, since the situation will be just the same as if Acronis True Image itself named them in this way.

    If you have any further questions please feel free to ask.

    Thank you.
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    Alexey Popov
     
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2005
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