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Need Step-by-step Help Using Acronis


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#1 lliztiz

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 10:09 PM

I have the latest build of Acronis v.11, and want to back up my PC so that if it crashes, I don't have to start from scratch again. Despite reading all the directions and looking on-line at things like Grover Hatcher's Guide to ceating a basic full disk archive, I am not sure what it is that I should be backing up and which drives I need to rename. I have used computers for years and used to think I was pretty good at it, but this software is driving me crazy.

- Do I back up both drive C as well as the 3 FAT partitions? When I include the FAT partitions in the backup, Acronis warns me that the FAT partitions may contain errors and I should use my computer's program to see if they do.
- Is FAT a drive or a partition or both??
- Can I make separate full backups-- one of the C-drive, the other of the FAT drives?
- If I do need to check out the FAT drives, how do I do that?
- Do I need to assign unique disk volume names to the 3 FAT partitions? If so, how do I do that?
- Do I need to assign a unique disk volume name to the hard disk (Drive D) that I am using to do the backups?
- Why is it so hard to use this software? Can anyone guide me to a real step-by-step guide that is not directed toward a computer pro?

Thank you. :thumbsup:

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Posted 06 June 2008 - 04:00 AM

I think that part of you problem is a lack of definitions, so let's see if I can help out a little bit here.

A partition is an allocation of space on the hard drive, this can include all of its space , or it can be allocated into two or more partitions, the hard drive will maintain about 15% of its space for swap space.

Formatting a partition is where you choose the file system that you wish to use. Windows uses two types of file systems, FAT32 and NTFS. FAT32 (File Allocation System) files are the last in the evolution of the FAT file system, the new generation is the NTFS (New Technology File System).

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Posted 06 June 2008 - 07:07 AM

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http://www.whatsabyte.com/
http://download.acronis.com/pdf/
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Posted 06 June 2008 - 02:18 PM

Thanks so much for clarifying things. So, I gather from this, that my drive C includes both NTSF and FAT partitions. I also gather that the terms drive and disk are interchangeable. I think I get it now. Thanks.

Thanks so much for clarifying things. So, I gather from this, that my drive C includes both NTSF and FAT partitions. I also gather that the terms drive and disk are interchangeable. I think I get it now. Thanks.

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Posted 06 June 2008 - 02:20 PM

Garmana,

Thanks for the excellent links on how to use Acronis :thumbsup:




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