Urgent help needed from newby who does not understand technical jargon

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by delio, May 23, 2007.

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  1. delio

    delio Registered Member

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    Dear all;

    I would be really grateful if you could help me in layman's words with the following problem. I have created a backup (tib file) of the Linux (red hat) partition of my computer in an external hard drive that can be connected to the computer through the USB port. For this, I used the Acronic 10 software. I have a dual boot Windows XP/Linux in the computer, by the way. I would like to restore individual linux files back to the linux partition. I use Acronis program from windows and I can explore the Linux backup I made on the external drive, and can browse all the Linux files I backed up. I select a Linux file with the Acronis, I say 'restore to original location' and it sais 'operation sucessful'. But then I go back to the actual Linux partition and the file has not been restored!!! :oops: Please, please help me out and let me know how can I restore Linux files from the external drive back to the Linux partition. Many thanks!!!
     
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    GroverH Registered Member

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    Right click the .tib file and choose Mount

    Re: Chapter 12 of Acronis V10 user guide.
     
  3. delio

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    Hi! Many thanks for your answer. From the userguide it seems one can 'mount' (mount must mean restore as well?) the whole .tib file, but I would need to restore not the whole .tib, but a particular file (let us give ane example of a spreadsheet, for instance). Regards
     
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    No "mount' does not mean restore. Mount sets up the file as a virtual drive that you can explore with windows explorer and restore individual files.
     
  5. delio

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    hi, thanks for that; sorry about my ignorance :) Now, my real doubts is: provided I can 'mount' the .tib file and restore individual files and folders within it, can I restore those individual files and folders with the Acronis software 'straight' into the Linux partition, without having to store them first into Windows and then copying them from Windows to Linux? ( for the work I am doing, it is vital that the files should go straight into Linux, without going to Windows first....)

    Many thanks again!
     
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    If you explore a little further you will see that you can just copy the file to the location of your choice.
     
  7. MudCrab

    MudCrab Imaging Specialist

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    delio,

    TI at present does not support mounting Linux partitions (that is assigning them a drive letter, etc.). However, you can explore the Linux image in Windows.

    Then you could copy the file out of the image and paste it into the Linux partition. To do this your Windows would have to have support installed to "see" and work with Linux partitions (ext2, ext3, ReiserFS, etc.). How is this different from copying the file to a network share or shared partition? Windows can then see the file(s). Windows can also access the file(s). Why is it so "vital" that the file(s) be restored directly into the Linux partition and not be put anywhere Windows can see them?

    The more common way is to create a FAT32 "share" partition. That makes it easy to place files in a space that is accessible from both Windows and Linux. You could also restore the files to a flash drive, then boot to Linux and copy them where you need them.
     
  8. delio

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    Hi MudCrab; many thanks for ur reply! Did not understand all of it, but yes, I know now that I cannot mount the Linux partition from windows cos I tried and it gives an error saying that it cannot assign a letter to the partition... It is impossible for me to save first to windows and then to Linux; because if I do that, something changes in my files, and they will not work in Linux whatsoever. I tried this in a number of ways like saving in a folder that I can see from both Windows and Linux, but I will not work. I think it has to do with some symbols/signs the files store, and they change when in Windows. So I need to restore the files to Linux straight away, and in that manner check whether the backups I made are also worthwile, in the sense I can restore them and they will work...

    I dont understand you second parr, why you say: "you could copy the file out of the image and paste it into the Linux partition"? THis is what I want to do... how can I do it? Am really lost. Please do let me know some more info about this.

    Many thanks
     
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    Hello delio,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    Would like to confirm the above statement. Check this post of mine for details.

    As for restoring files/folders from the image archive, please try to perform the restoration when booted from Acronis True Image Bootable CD. Make sure you use the latest build (4942) of Acronis True Image 10.0 Home to create Bootable CD. To get access to updates you should first register your software.

    Thank you.
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    Aleksandr Isakov
     
  10. MudCrab

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    If you use ext2 or ext3 formatted partitions for your Linux, then you can use either of the following programs to access them from Windows. I think that LTOOLS can at least read ReiserFS, but I don't know if it can write to it.

    Ext2 Installable File System For Windows

    LTOOLS

    If you're not currently using ext2/ext3 and want you use one of these, you want to consider creating a partition using ext2/ext3 to hold the data you're working with and then access/mount that partition from Windows/Linux.

    I have only tried simple copies, etc. using Ext2IFS and it worked for that. Your application may be different and these may not work, but I think it's at least worth a try.
     
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