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Acronis question

  1. Has anyone using Acronis faced the followign situation?

    I have made backup images in 3 different directories on an external disk. Two of them are a disk (c) backup and the other is a My System backup (not that I understand the dufference anyway).

    Suddenly, when I run Acronis, none of the images show on the main screen and of course the option to recover is not also shown. But the images are on the external disk.

    This is the third time this happens. If I backup, it is shown but at soem point it dissappears. By the way, all bakups were validated.

    I have 2011 Home edition.

    Any ideas? Thanks
  2. Is the external HDD USB or eSATA?

    Is it one of those ones that auto-installs software when you plug it in or is it just a dumb HDD with a plug?
  3. It is a WD flash USB disk 250 GB.
  4. I've heard over and over about how backups don't restore and I've never heard of anyone having success with backups.

    The only thing I know that works is a RAID mirror. Rotate drives in and out.
  5. No idea why they aren't showing up on your main screen but I see two options, (1) use the browse for backup option, assuming your home screen looks the same as mine its under "More Features" or (2) Just locate the Acronis backup file (xxx.tib) in Windows file explorer and double-click it - Acronis is associated with that file type so it should auto-launch and present the recovery options.

    Really - you've never heard anyone have success with backups? Wow, hard to believe - well I've had success with them many times so there, now you have heard of someone having success.

    Rotating drives in and out of a RAID mirror is an um interesting backup strategy...I've heard of cloning your drive periodically but never using RAID in that way, seems a bit odd if you ask me but whatever floats your boat.
  6. Thanks GTS. You are great help always.

    By the way, I purchased another hard drive (WD 500 MB Black, 3x the old price) and I made a clone using Acronis, no problem. I then switched SATA cables and my system started fine from the new drive.

    I started to think that the optimum backup strategy is to have 1 extra hard drive and 1 flash drive. You clone every 2 weeks. You need two because of extreme probability of getting a crash when you clone. So the procedure is as follows:

    1. Clone new hard disk
    2. Clone flash drive
    3. Repeat

    But the thing is not to leave the new hard drive connected. I disconnect power and SATA cables. There is always extreme probability SATA drive goingand erasing everything. Also, a virus can hit both drives under certai conditions.

    What do you think? Thanks again.
  7. Didn't quite follow how the flash drive is being used - you are able to backup your entire hard drive to the flash drive? Anyway it sounds like you have a solid plan.
  8. I use it as a backup clone.
  9. You really think that no one has ever restored a backup? maybe 1 in a million?

  10. Well, seeing its the season of giving. I am here to give you counter-examples.

    I have restored my daughter's pc from acronis backups after a virus took here system partition out.

    I have restored new disks using WD acronis backups.

    Every 6 months I rebuild my system from a clean (fresh) image backup made using Macrium Reflect.
  11. Glad to hear it works well for you. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    It seems we are always hearing of what does not work.
  12. er, what exactly is a drive image? - I get the impression it is not a full backup of everything- currently doing full HDD backups with Casper XP and have just switched drives when needed the backup*.

    Intrigued as to what dive imaging is/what it offers.

    *Make a list of all files that need to be updated from backup e.g email files etc - also save stuff to desktop so if old drive is not trashed but has problem requiring switch can just go to the date in the list of files in desktop file and copy over.
  13. I use Macrium Reflect and a HP usb hardrive to back up 5 computers. I have done several successful restores.
  14. your impression is correct. it only backs up every other byte on the drive, you have to guess the missing ones.
  15. I haven't had any luck with Acronis either. I switched to CMS Bounceback and I've restored a couple times in addition to booting up from that backup in an emergency.
  16. Acronis works fine for me. Ive used the rescue disk twice over the last three yrs to restore evrything on my hard drive.
  17. I restore my system using Acronis every month, It's working fine. :)
  18. I've never liked Acronis.

    For Windows 7 I've used just the OS backup/restore. No problems.

    For a friend's XP, I helped her do a backup and then restore to a new drive with a freebie - EaseUS Todo (off CNET). It runs a Linux kernel to do the restore. Worked too, no problem.
  19. That Easus todo package looks excellent.

    I've been using Macrium Reflect for images and Cobian for back up but I'll have a look at this one and report back. It looks like it might replace the other two if it performs to the advertising.
  20. OK. That was easy.

    Easeus Todo is pretty easy to setup but has the following disadvantages.
    - the image backups are over 1/3rd bigger than the macrium reflect ones and it doesn't give you a "save this backup config" options
    - the file backup is no where near as comprehensive as cobian backup (options for compression, encryption, saving configurations).

    I think I could have setup configs through the management option but I prefer the way the other two products just do it when you set up your backups/image saves. And I don't really want to have such large images.

    So, its back to my previous options. I did use and like the easeus partition recovery tool once which is why I thought it was worth testing todo.
  21. What is the differences between images and backups? When do you use each?
  22. What product are you talking about?

    A backup is a generic term and an image is a type of backup. Another type of backup would be an incremental backup that only contained changes since the last backup.

    An example of an backup strategy would be to have your backup software do a weekly image backup and then do a daily incremental backup and you would keep a certain number of image backups in case you needed to restore a file (or the complete system) from an earlier point in time.
  23. And you have a 50/50 chance of getting each one right because it's either a 0 or a 1.
  24. no, thats a bit dude, Im talking byte. But you save a lot of space.