Restoring System Partition

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by Alan UK, Jan 15, 2006.

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  1. Alan UK

    Alan UK Registered Member

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    I'm using TI 8 (build 796) under WinXP SP2.
    Running on HP Omnibook xe41000 - 512KMB memory

    I tried to restore my system partition C: from a complete TI copy of the HD:
    - SaveToDisk - 24MB - Primary - Hibernation
    - C: - 5GB - Primary - NTFS - WinXP
    - Extended - 19BG - Primary split into:
    - D: to S: Logical NTFS (ex D: Fat16) - data & apps
    spare 4.5BG at the end

    T: CD
    U: USB

    TI Image files: 4 files (max 640MB) in same partition on 1 DVD.

    1st Attempt: Restore couldn't create a virtual V drive

    2nd Attempt: TI said partition in use (fine) so I choose the reboot option
    - get Acronis Loading, please wait ....
    - get TI "window" outline but content all black

    3rd Attempt: as 2nd attempt but said verify
    - get Acronis Loading, please wait ....
    - get TI "window" with menu and icons and mouse pointer but mouse (both real USB mouse and touchpad) and keyboard not operative.

    4th Attempt: tried to boot using TI Recovery CD
    - the PC fails to recogise this as a bootable CD (maybe because I created a bootable CD on another PC which has a burner)

    5th Attempt: tried to boot using TI Recovery floppies (x7)
    - same results as 2nd Attempt

    I believe that the stand-alone version of TI is running Linux. Seems to me that it does not run on my PC. Is there any reason for this? It's a fat lot of use having all these backups if there is no s/w to recover them!

    Luckily my WinXP was still useable, so eventually over some hours tried new strategy:
    - Used Partition Magic to allocate spare 4.5GB as U:
    - Used TI to restore image of C: (5GB) to U: (4.5GB)
    - Used Partition Magic to copy U: to C: and then expand back to 5BG
    - Rebooted but Windows thinks there are now 2 Windows XP OSs.
    - Select 1st OS but get message re missing hal.dll
    - Used proper XP CD (had one luckily) to get into recovery mode and run bootcfg /rebuild to recreate boot.ini
    - OK - phew!!

    Alan
     
  2. Chutsman

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    I can tell you that part of the official response will be to upgrade to the latest ver/build, which is 9/2337. I use 9/2323 and it works to restore a laptop system. I don't know if there is a workaround for the version you are using. Have you ever tested it before to do what you want to do now?
     
  3. seekforever

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    There is a later build for V8 than 796 something like 937 or later which can be downloaded.
     
  4. Alan UK

    Alan UK Registered Member

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    Thanks guys:

    Have you ever tested it before to do what you want to do now?

    I've never done a system partition restore before.

    I could try the latest build for TI8 but I don't see why I should pay for TI9 to get working a fundamental function in TI8. I'll happily pay for extra functionality that I need/value.

    This is not the sort of function that can be tested easily and safely.

    [Edit]
    If Acronis can say, "this is a known bug fixed in xxx release" then it would be worth a try but I'm not happy at trying random solutions (like manufacturers love saying "re-install Windows and see if the problem goes away")

    I have copy of DriveImage in the cupboard. That was bought for an old PC but it didn't run after a processor upgrade. DriveImage and other software couldn't then do a soft re-boot into DOS. Might be worth reinstalling on my new PC.

    TI is a fine product for fast backups and accessing images as virtual drives but it seems challenged in performing a re-boot and running in Linux(?).
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    Alan
     
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