What Happens If My Hard Drive Fails

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by TerryWood, May 15, 2007.

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  1. TerryWood

    TerryWood Registered Member

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    I am using Acronis TI 8.0 which works well with no problems.

    Supposing my hard drive fails and I put in a new hard drive, perhaps bigger, will I be able to install the last TI image onto the new hard drive?

    Please assume in any reply there are no other changes to hardware etc.

    Thanks for your help

    Terry
     
  2. DwnNdrty

    DwnNdrty Registered Member

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    Yes, that's the whole point of having software like True Image. But you must make the bootable Rescue Media cd. Have you tested any of your Backup Images to make sure they will actually work if it comes to crunch time? Where are you keeping your Backups?
     
  3. TerryWood

    TerryWood Registered Member

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    Yes got a Bart PE CD which works and yes I have tested my backups but only on the existing and original Hard Drive. My question was related to if my existing hard drive failed and I installed another one. I just wanted to know whether TI 8.0 would allow the backup image to be used on a new but nonetheless different HD

    Thanks

    Terry
     
  4. MudCrab

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    If TI currently works properly with your system, then changing the hard drive shouldn't cause any problems. That is a very common occurrance. However, if you replace an IDE hard drive with a SATA you can sometimes run into problems. If you replace the drive with the same type of drive IDE->IDE or SATA->SATA then you shouldn't have any problems.
     
  5. foghorne

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    Assuming that your images are not on your failed hard drive you will be fine.

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  6. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

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    Hello TerryWood,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    Please note that as it was mentioned above if your original hard drive fails you will be able to restore the image to another drive. And as DwnNdrty noted this could be done when booted from Acronis True Image Bootable CD, for example.

    We would also recommend that you have a look at this article about transferring the operating system from IDE to SATA hard drives.

    Thank you.
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    Aleksandr Isakov
     
  7. jonyjoe81

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    The best way to do it and simplest, is just backup (image) your c: drive partition. If you have another partition on the hard drive just use it for storage of files/data etc.(to back that up you can just save that to dvd's/cd's. To restore the image onto a new hard drive all you need is an image of your c: drive. No need to back up the whole hard drive or do a clone operation. If your hard drive fails, do following...
    1. remove old hard drive , 2.) install new hard drive 3.) partition your new hard drive (important note, make your new hard drive c: partition at least 1GB larger than your saved image partition example if your image noncompress size is 10GB, make new one 11GB this step will prevent bootup problem). 4.) Insert your True Image boot CD and choose recovery 5.) select the archive (image) you want to recover from external drive or dvd's 6.) Next choose where you want to recover to, choose your new hard drive c: partition) 7.) When the recovery is complete remove boot CD and exit true image, the computer will reboot and you should have a successful recovery. The only problem I ever encounter during a hard drive upgrade was when I tried to recover a 20GB image partition onto a 19GB partition, when you downsize partitions the drive letter's in the windows registry will change resulting on the new hard drive hangin up during the boot process. I've upgraded about 3 hard drives and only had one unsucessful recovery (which I fixed by changing the drive letter back to c on my system partition). Just keep you images current (once a week backup's), I've had 3 hard drives go bad on me before I realized that they last longer when you put fan's next to them.
     
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