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Basic V Dynamic Disk - Backup Image Software


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#1 PeterJ

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 04:46 AM

Hi, I wonder if anyone can give me some advice or suggestions.

My PC has 2 hard drives.

Drive 1 is a Basic Disk with just one Primary Partition, file system NTFS. Operating system Windows 2000, all other software, and all my data etc are on this disk.

Drive 2 is a Dynamic Disk with 2 Simple Volumes, file system NTFS. I use this disk only to store my backups, i.e. I backup from Basic Disk 1 to Dynamic disk 2.

I use Acronis True Image 8.0. I can make an image backup of my entire basic disk 1 and store it on my dynamic disk 2. This works perfectly.

Now my question/problem. I have made a boot recovery CD using Acronis True Image 8.0. If I insert this boot recovery CD into the CD ROM drive on starting my PC it will locate the basic disk 1, the floppy drive, the CD ROM drive and the DVD drive, BUT it will NOT locate/find the dynamic disk 2. Thus if I have a problem with the basic disk 1, which I had recently, I cannot restore from the dynamic disk 2 using the Acronis True Image boot recovcery CD.

I suspect that Acronis True Image 8.0 does not support/recognize dynamic disks. If this is correct then it appears that I have two possibilities. Either I can convert the dynamic disk back to a basic disk, or I can purchase a new version of Acronis True Image (or some other Imaging software) which recognizes dynamic disks, or is there any suitable imaging software available free?

If possible I would prefer not to have to purchase new software.

If I convert the dynamic disk 2 to a basic disk, I know that I have first to backup/remove the data that I have on the dynamic disk and delete the two volumes. Then I should be able to convert to a basic disk using Windows 2000 disk management.

BUT, is there anything else that I need to do? Do I need to reformat the disk 2? Do I need to set the file system for disk 2 to NTFS again? Do I need to put boot information on the disk 2? Do I need to make a primary partion on the disk 2? And is there any need to put the Windows 2000 operating system on disk 2 (it is installed on disk 1)?

Or is it sufficient just to convert disk 2 from dynamic to basic and then move the data back again onto the now basic disk 2.

As you will realize, this is new territory for me and I would appreciate any advice and suggestions.

Thanks

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 11:30 AM

The way I understand it Acronis Tru Image won't work. You need the Server edition
http://affiliate.acronis.com/promo/ATIS/
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Posted 14 July 2008 - 03:02 PM

Thanks Garmanma

Thanks for your help. But Acronis True Image Server Version costs $699. Thus I am looking for another solution. I suspect that I could continue to use my current Acronis True Image 8.0 if I would change the dynamic disk 2 to a basic disk.

The problem is that I am not 100% sure how to do thisd and what the implications are.

Any advice would be welcome.

Regards

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 06:28 PM

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=110511

http://mypkb.wordpress.com/2007/03/28/how-...to-basic-disks/
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309044

Edited by garmanma, 14 July 2008 - 06:30 PM.

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 09:47 PM

I have Acronis True Image Echo Workstation and it does recognise Dynamic Disks.

Note that Server editons won't run on non server os's and vice versa.

http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/products/ATICW/

It's a little more money than the home version though...

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