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Acronis True Image, Macrium Reflect Pro, Explorer/extHDs OPs


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#1 RolandJS

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Posted 29 September 2015 - 12:12 PM

  Firnly believing in routine, systematic restorable backups, have been using both Acronis True Image [since 2011, stopping at version 2015] and recently Macrium Reflect Pro.  I've noticed a few topics across 'Net/Forums land mentioning ATI and/or Macrium didn't backup, didn't restore, in short - didn't work.

 

   Have been paying closer attention to my two Hitachi external USB HDs, I am much more aware that rather than ATI [Acronis] or Macrium failure -- it has been several times an explorer.exe not communing with respective external HD failure.  It might be within any one particular external HD, it might be conflicting drive-letter assignments, it might be "explorer.exe and company" needs to be dropkicked or punted into better performance.

 

  Long ago, because drive letters differ when booting external media for backups & restores, I labeled all my OS partitions S0x[ddd]C, data partitions S0x[ddd]D, x being computer number [1 2 or 3], ddd being three unique digits/letters from HD ID/serial number.  Each external backup/restore HD's labeled: Hitachis Kitty & Katty [*], the four Seagate HDs labeled SeaEPD, SeaBPD, SeaKIT, SeaKAT.  At all times, I know exactly which partition is being backed up to what ext HD, what ext HD is going to restore to what partition C or D, regardless of what the drive letters are.  [* - My two cats are more famous than me, on Facebook & Twitter.]

 

  Before beginning backup routine, I plan to test explorer & ext HD operations by a quick-copy into & out of attached ext HD, if bi-direction copy fails, the backup or restore will fail, it's time to fix the explorer-ext HD relationship.  If bi-direction copy succeeds, backup begins.  I normally label each backup: YYYYMMDDb[mil-time began]C[or D]_S0x -- both Macrium's XML file and the image itself; for Acronis, simply name the image.  I think I will no longer assign drive letters to any ext HD, causes problems down the road.  And, 2nd internal HD's C-partition & D-partition will no longer be drive-letter assigned.  Question:  how do I UN-assign previously hard-wired assigned drive-letters?


Edited by RolandJS, 30 September 2015 - 03:46 AM.

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#2 RolandJS

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Posted 05 October 2015 - 12:02 PM

YYYYMMDD[ext HD name]_[partition letter]_S0x -- that's the XML file and the high-compressed backup file name I use within Macrium Reflect Pro. Acronis keep its log files differently, I can name the backup file only. hours, days, weeks, later -- I know where each backup is.

"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee."  -- Ben Franklin revisited.

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Posted 08 October 2015 - 10:58 AM

I purchased Macrium Reflect Pro because it included WinPE & Macrium USB/DVD boot. That certainly comes in handy if Windows fails to even Safe load and/or if Explorer.exe on the HD ever gets "broken." Question: I read a little about dynamic disks -- when & where would I ever encounter dynamic disks?

"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee."  -- Ben Franklin revisited.

http://collegecafe.fr.yuku.com/forums/45/Computer-Technologies/

Backup, backup, backup! -- Lady Fitzgerald (w7forums)

Clone or Image often! Backup... -- RockE (WSL)





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