Restore an image while in windows

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  1. writedom

    writedom Registered Member

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    Here is the scenario:

    I create an image of hard disk.

    The hard drive has a virus a week later and I want to restore the drive to it's original state.

    I have two choices:
    1. Restore the computer while booted into windows.
    2. Restore computer with boot disk (Not booted into windows)

    Am I wrong to think that a restore performed while running windows may not remove the virus? Especially since most viruses recreate themselves after they have been deleted or overwritten.

    What are the facts?

    Thanks
     
  2. crofttk

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    Restoring the computer with an image(s) of all hard drive(s), their partition(s) and MBR(s) from the Acronis bootable rescue CD will indeed restore things to their original state.

    Doing the same from within Windows -- who knows what will happen ? It may or may not work. I would never restore my Windows partition from within Windows no matter what the software manufacturer says, anyways.

    Those are the facts as I know them.
     
  3. seekforever

    seekforever Registered Member

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    The fact is that a normal restore is not made while running Windows. You can enter the data in Windows but TI cannot restore the system partition from within Windows so after you enter the data it will reboot and the data concerning the restore will be passed to the Linux version - same as the CD version.

    If you are doing a Snap Restore then no idea of the risk but I would say it depends on where the virus is stored and how it operates.
     
  4. ErikAlbert

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    And don't forget to verify your backup file before restoration. If you don't and your backup file is corrupted, your previous system partition will be deleted and the supposed restoration will fail too.
     
  5. writedom

    writedom Registered Member

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    Thanks for the responses,

    That's exactly what I thought.
     
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    Hello seekforever,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    I am sorry for the delayed response.

    I would like to confirm the seekforever reply. It is actually does not matter if you use Acronis True Image Bootable Rescue Media or you use Acronis True Image in Windows to restore the system partition. Windows does not allow you to run an application while this application completely rewrites the partition where Windows is installed. Therefore, Acronis True Image 9.0 Home will prompt you to reboot the computer into its standalone version to restore the system partition. Once the partition has been restored, you will be able to boot Windows in the usual way. In both cases all the data stored on the restored partition will be replaced by the image data.

    Thank you.
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    Aleksandr Isakov
     
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