TI 11: Single script for multiple backup drives???

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  1. Howard Kaikow

    Howard Kaikow Registered Member

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    On my ole faithful Windows 2000 system, I use TI 9, with 4 USB drives.

    2 of the drives are always connected.
    The other two drives alternate on a 3rd USB port, so I end up using 3 drive letters, but I have a separate script for each drive.

    On 31 May, I purchased a Vista system, on which I hope to use TI 11.

    I have 2 USB drives, only 1 of which will be connected at a time, so they would be using the same drive letter.

    Can I use a single script that would use whatever drive is connected?
    Or does TI maintain internal structures that would get confused if I did not use a separate script for each drive?
     
  2. shieber

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    The more liekly problem you might run into is if the wastebasket on one is diff than the other, that can drive windows a bit buggy sometimes and you have then to assign a diff didrve letter to one of the drives. Bu that's a win issue and not an ATI one.

    You should be able to run a task to either drive provided each drive meets the conditons for the task. For example, if backing up to a particular directory, you need to have that directlory on both drives.
     
  3. Acronis Support

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    Hello Howard Kaikow,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    We are sorry for delayed response.

    As noted by shieber, there shouldn't arise any problems when backing up to different drives on the same drive letter with the same script. Please notice, though, that backing up from those drives with a single script in such setup will most likely fail, as the script refers to source drives by disk ID, not drive letter.

    Thank you.
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    Marat Setdikov
     
  4. Howard Kaikow

    Howard Kaikow Registered Member

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    Those sentences are contradictory.

    In TI 9, I use 4 USB drives.
    2 are always connected, each has their own script and drive letter.
    THe other 2 drives share a single drive letter, and each uses a separate script, each using the same drive letter but a different base tib file name.

    In this case, using the same drive letter for two drives does not cause a problem.

    When I restore, TI does not even know the olther drive exists, and the drive's "ID" is not causing a problem.

    So, with TI 11, I'm using a single script, with two different drives
    Why would this not work?

    Must I use two identical scripts, one for each drive?
     
  5. Howard Kaikow

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    Uncle!

    OK, I'll play it safe and use a separate script for each drive.
     
  6. Howard Kaikow

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    TI 9 allows me to specify 2 scripts for USB drives using the same drive letter, with DIFFERENT TIB file names.

    TI 11 requires that the TIB file be the same name.
    THat seems wrong, unless TI 11 has removed the capability of having more than 1 baxk set on a drive. Preventing this would be very wrong.
     
  7. Howard Kaikow

    Howard Kaikow Registered Member

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    I've decided to give the following a try:

    1. Both USB drives will have drive letter F.
    2. The drives will never be collected currently.
    3. Both drives will have directories MyBackups-1 and MyBackups-2. Only 1
    directory will be used on each drive, the other will be a placeholder to fake out TI's task editor. Should not get invalid script errors, no matter which drive is connected.
    4. Script-1 will use F:\MyBackups-1\1FreeAgent.tib
    5. Script-2 will use F:\MyBackups-2\2FreeAgent.tib

    Should the above cover all concerns?
     
  8. TheWeaz

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    Took a minute, but I see the difference.
     
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