Should auto-defraggers be OFF while Imaging?

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by Charlie Wisc., Jun 21, 2007.

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  1. Charlie Wisc.

    Charlie Wisc. Registered Member

    Jan 27, 2005
    It has been my "habit" to use True Image 9.0(build 3854) to backup my hard drives at least twice a month (to an external hard drive).

    I'm trying out Diskeeper 11.0, to keep my drives defragged. It has an auto-defrag mode.
    Is it OK to leave auto-defrag on, while Acronis operates; or should auto-defrag be disabled prior to starting Acronis Imaging?
    Any advantage to upgrading to Acronis 10., given that 9.0 works just fine on my systems?

    Advice anyone?
  2. MudCrab

    MudCrab Imaging Specialist

    Nov 3, 2006
    I would recommend not running any defragging program (auto or otherwise) while creating a backup image.

    Most people here recommend keeping what works. If TI 9 does all you need and supports your hardware and you don't need any of the new features (and "bugs") added in version 10, then stay with 9.
  3. bulldog356

    bulldog356 Registered Member

    Feb 8, 2005
    I would like to be corrected if I am wrong, but I understand that since TI images a 'shadow copy' of the disk it really doesn't matter what is happening to the disk at the time. TI images the disk where-is as-is at a point in time.

    Otherwise, a running defrag is the least of your worries. What if your virus definitions are being updated silently in the background when TI starts an image? Or your music player is updating your music licenses? Etc.
  4. seekforever

    seekforever Registered Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Here is a link to how it works.

    Based on this I would say the defragger shouldn't cause a problem but I'd turn it off especially if the volume was highly fragmented. If autodefrag had been run for a while I would expect the amount of data needing moving to be relatively small.
  5. PhilipManwaring

    PhilipManwaring Registered Member

    Mar 25, 2006
    Actually, DK11 monitors I/O activity and won't run the defrag during high disk loads anyway. Therefore even if you leave it on it's highly unlikely to operate during an ATI image. Even if it did, the only impact would be a slower backup time.

    I run DK11 and ATI 9 Home and I have no issues and no need to disable DK.
  6. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

    Apr 28, 2004
    Hello Charlie Wisc.,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    Please note that as stated in the post seekforever mentioned it takes only several seconds to create a point-in-time view of the volume, thus, using auto-defrag option should not affect image creation.

    As for the upgrade advice, I would recommend that you have a look at this previous post of mine that contains links to the threads about new features of Acronis True Image 10.0 Home, which can help you to make a choice.

    Thank you.
    Aleksandr Isakov
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