What happens if I turn off my computer while Acronis Disk Director suite is working?

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  1. usok

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    My office desktop HDD has about 150GB capacity, 20Gs for C: and the rest for D:. I decided to merge C: and D: for one big partition last night, committed merge operation C:, D: -> C:, and it's still running. After about 10 hours running, Acronis DDS reporting "17% progress" !!..

    I thought a night would be enough for that job. I have work today but Acronis DD is still running, in this status of progress several days will be taken to finish this job..

    So I want to know, what happens if I turn my desktop off while Acronis DD's progress is only at 17%? Will I permanently have no access to my old partitions? I need to access my D: drive's data now.. :oops: please help..
     
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    I would guess that there would be a good chance of the partitions being corrupted if you abort the procedure. Perhaps I'm wrong and DD will gracefully stop at the current point and set the partitions so they're usable.

    If it were me, I think I would let it continue. If you have backups of your data (a TI image, for example) so you can restore if it ends up lost, then I suppose you could try to abort and see what happens.

    If you just turn off the computer while it's processing the merge I think that would absolutely corrupt the partitions and they would most likely be unusable.
     
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    But it,s insane on part of Acronis disk director to take such a lonnnnnnng time? I really doubt it will ever complete or do the job well. In all probabaility there is a good chance of real damage here( loss of data or even HD).
    He must had made a backup on other media before this.
    It must be a job of minutes rather than days.
    Let,s hope for the best.
     
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    It does seem way too long, but there have been posts where processes have taken a long time and still finished correctly. Also, even though it says days, it doesn't mean it will actually take that long. The estimates can sometimes be extremely inaccurate.
     
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    may be. Let,s wait.
     
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    usok

    The longest DD10 ever spent on a task (on my desktop with an 80 gig hard drive) was copying an XP partition (3 plus gigs) which took appoximately 30 minutes. You must have nerves of steel watching DD10 spend such an excessive time on a much needed proceedure!! I hope it works out for you. Please, if you could, let us know the outcome of your situation whatever its outcome. Good Luck.
     
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    Re: What happens if I turn off my computer while Acronis Disk Director suite is worki

    We are running DD10 on a Dell Poweredge 2600 with a Raid 5 (5 300GB drives) trying to merge and copy datan on two out of three partitons). The Disk space that will be available after the merge will be around 1 TB.

    This has been running for 38 hours and is currently at 46% completion.

    Does anyone have a frame of reference for this operation.... Does it really take this long.

    I too have wondered about what would happen if I shut it down.

    There isn't a Data loss concern as we have a Backup, but I'm worried about my boot partition (not part of the merge, but a separate partition on the same disk) being inaccessible and perhaps being stuck in a loop with the DD10 restarting when I attempt a reboot.
     
  8. MudCrab

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    Re: What happens if I turn off my computer while Acronis Disk Director suite is worki

    Is DD still making progress?

    If it's not "locked" up and is still doing the merge procedure, then it's still working on it. This far in, the estimate will probably be accurate. It problably will really take another 40+ hours to finish. The Linux drivers probably are not optimized for your RAID chipset and it's making the access/tranfers slower than it should be. The SAFE Mode version of DD (using the BIOS to access the drives) booted from the DD CD may have been faster.

    I don't know exactly what process DD uses during a merge, but it has to move a lot of data. Sometimes it may be quicker to move the data off the partition with the least data manually and then just resize the other partition rather than doing a merge.

    If you shut down, the two partitions you're merging will be corrupted at the very least. And, as you say, you may need to repair your OS so DD doesn't try and start every time you boot (since it didn't finish, this didn't get cleared out). If you started the merge by booting to the DD cd then this wouldn't be a problem.

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    It's your choice, of course, of what you want to do. I would suggest that if you have an XP SP2 CD that you create a BartPE boot cd. It uses standard Windows drivers and the Windows version of DD which usually perform many times faster than the Linux/Dos based versions.
     
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    Re: What happens if I turn off my computer while Acronis Disk Director suite is worki

    It is still making progress, albeit very slowly. It is now on 48%.

    Yes,... If we had it to do over again we would move and remove the data prior to merging the disks.

    I am hoping that once it has moved the data (assuming that that is what it is doing and that it is being very very careful (read slow)) that it will speed up and complete the job.
     
  10. Brian K

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    Re: What happens if I turn off my computer while Acronis Disk Director suite is worki

    I tried this a few years ago. I pulled the power plug from the wall. The test computer was using Partition Magic. As expected, the partitions were corrupted.

    I never partition if there are thunderstorms in the area. We tend to get power blackouts.
     
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