Using Acronis TI to Backup and Restore U3 USB Flash Drives

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by ARAUL, Jan 22, 2007.

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  1. ARAUL

    ARAUL Registered Member

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    I have just orderd a SanDisk 4 GB USB Cruzer Micro with U3 (SDCZ6-4096-A10). I understand that this USB flash drive has multiple partitions with U3 software preinstalled. I don’t think I want to keep all the U3 stuff and have found a SanDisk utility which will get rid of everything. I may change my mind later down the road and want the USB flash drive to be restored as it was when I received it. I did a search and only found this info.
    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=132589&highlight=backing+flash+drive

    Has anyone had any experience using ATI 10 backing up the different partitions on this U3 USB Flash Drive and then restoring them at a later date?

    Does anyone foresee any possible issues in making a backup of this type of U3 USB flash drive?
     
  2. Peleg

    Peleg Registered Member

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    I'm having issues with backing/restoring to a Seagate USB 2.0 external drive.

    I wonder if it's a related issue.

    TI doesn't see my drive at all, it only sees the HDD, CD ROM and Floppy.
     
  3. Menorcaman

    Menorcaman Retired Moderator

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    Hello ARAUL,

    As Acronis Support said in that thread you linked, if your flash drive is detected as a Removable Disk (open Windows Explorer, right click on the flash drive, select Properties and see what it says) then you will not be able to backup the disk/partition(s). However, you will be able to use the Files and Folders backup feature of TI but that's not really what you want.

    Regards
     
  4. XP1

    XP1 Registered Member

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    I am also interested in support for this feature. I want to backup my U3 flash drives. Will this feature be implemented?
     
  5. bulldog356

    bulldog356 Registered Member

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    At present U3 is implemented in the firmware of a USB drive. (U3 is essentially a sophisticated hack that makes a USB drive appear to the operating system like an optical drive.) I do not believe U3 can be restored once it has been removed. I have read of several attempts to do this and the results are not consistent.
     
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