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You sure did. And not at some point but now. Many thanks for offering more than I've seen before, and yes, I will report back.
This is my first post here and I hope that at some point I can contribute more than I take.
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Thanks for the description in the other thread. I'll read about those alternatives.
2. I use it all the time for imaging. The images that it creates are too bulky for routine backups. FYI - here's a link to the strategy that I use at my wife's office: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...st&p=357653
I don't use it for backups because of the size issues. I use SyncBackSE for my backups (although I hear that Cobian Backup is just as good, if not better). It's free and I can schedule it to run automatically. It emails me reports and can even FTP the backup files to another computer.
And if the hard drive fails then what?, related to your answer 7 as well.
This may be limited in some PC's by the availability of the USB drivers (my Toshiba laptop is an example). Since it's a laptop I don't have a second drive - so I have to use a USB drive to backup the data. But the Toshiba's are very proprietary - and Acronis doesn't like to run in regular mode from the rescue CD - so I have to run Acronis in it's own "Safe Mode" (not the Windows Safe Mode). And when it runs in it's Safe Mode, it can't access USB drives . Grrrr!!! The workaround is to establish an Acronis Secure Zone on the laptop's hard drive and make images to there.
Beneath your dignity, eh? That's the way it should be. Yes, I learn a lot by using, but this time I decided to investigate big time.
... never have RTFM!
Posted 18 September 2006 - 11:20 PM
Posted 19 September 2006 - 04:32 PM
Got it!! Thanks a bunch again. I'll take it from here. Between Larry and you I have the info I need (I think).
the difference between the Acronis Safe Mode and Windows Safe Mode.
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Posted 22 June 2009 - 12:30 PM
Hi, I do something just a little different, the only cost is a little time and a cd-r cd-rw disk or two.
Note: This should be for experienced users only as a bit of a learning curve is involved.
I have laptops that do not have a floppies or second hard drives, I have no access to a USB drive and sometimes I need to test other operating systems but I do have a computer for backups hooked up so here is what I do.
I use a Linux Live CD (Knoppix is one I use) and a program called PARTIMAGE, I create a special mountpoint for the windows computer by opening up a terminal and type the command:
sudo mkdir /mnt/image
sudo mount -t smbfs -o username=<username>,password=<password> //<win-box>/<share> /mnt/<name-of-mountpoint>
For example, if my backup computer was named charlie and the image directory was images, the command would be:
sudo mount -t smbfs -o username=mywindowsusername, password=mypassword //charlie/images /mnt/image
To test it you can do a
You should see your Windows files, if you do, you can use partimage to create an image of the hard drive, partimage also requires a little bit of learning. You may need to unmount the laptop's harddrive before continuing.
When restoring you do the same thing but you tell partimage to restore boot sector first then write partition.
You can use a second LiveCD (I use pmagic2.0 for now because I like Visparted) to resize the partition.
Like I said you do need to be familiar with how Linux handles drive names as it's a bit different than Windows.
I've done this with quite a few laptops without problems, however, the imaging process is quite slow (But that could be that the hard drive on the target computer is slow and the speed of the network), however, the restore process is quite quick
Anyway, for an experienced user or tech, the price is right and it works.
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