...Acronis had no problems whatsoever restoring from that data image to the fresh active NTFS partition... Just in case, I chose NOT to have Acronis verify the restored image because I knew that there would be a few more steps...
At this point I rebooted the computer using the Windows Vista install CD and selected the REPAIR function (after selecting English for an interactive language). It's worth noting that if one doesn't do the Vista install CD REPAIR, then the data restored to the hard drive isn't quite valid, because the hard drive's boot information has changed. The Vista install CD scanned for the Vista installation, found it, identified the error discrepancy on the main hard drive, and fixed it. Then I ejected the CD, and rebooted the computer as normal.
At this point the computer booted up pretty much normally! So I knew it had pretty much worked. The active C: partition had been "grown" into the space that had been taken up by the emergency partition. The emergency partition was now gone. At this point I defragmented the active C: partition just to be ready for sure for the next step. I then rebooted the computer just to make sure that everything was working fine.
After reboot, I relaunched Acronis True Image Home, this time from within Windows Vista, and made another 2 data image copies of the active C: partition and stored it on the second hard drive; a backup and an extra copy.
I made a mental note that my older data images of the active C: drive are different from these two recent backup images.
Pretty much that's it.
There are some other technical details I left out, such as the fact that Vista blocks the automatic loading of Acronis True Image during startup. So, you have to manually allow both blocked Acronis processes to run, before you try and run the Acronis True Image program. Also some considerations are that you need to make sure that True Image is actually functioning before you make a data backup with it. I have had program installations such as TrakAx, corrupt some system files needed for True Image to run from within Windows. Since I had restore points turned off, I had to use the Acronis Boot CD to restore to a previous backup of my active C: partition that contained a functioning True Image on it (as well as the other tools needed for this procedure). Futhermore, Acronis has many settings that need to be configured properly and steps need to be chosen wisely when backing up as well as restoring. Yet, if you read the manuals and get familiar with these programs, including AEFdisk, everything should go fine as far as I know.
Last but not least, the emergency backup partition and restore points do serve useful purposes. Disabling restore points and/or deleting the emergency backup partition is not recommended unless you are confident that you have other means of restoring your data to your hard drive(s) if lost.
But for me, True Image and the extra hard drive combo works great and I like the space saved.
Thanks for reading this. Maybe this info will be useful to somebody in the future. Cheers.
Edited by BlackBurst, 28 July 2008 - 05:42 PM.