Acronis True Image Home v11 - Create Recovery Dvds

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Ben Ramsay, Dec 15, 2007.

  1. Ben Ramsay

    Ben Ramsay Guest

    I am using windows vista home basic and I want to try and create a set of
    recovery disks for my system. Does anyone know the best way to do this, I
    have a acronis boot disk that allows me to create images outside windows
    but
    I am unsure how to to this. I would like to try and keep the number of dvds
    down to an absolute minimum if possible. My initial drive size is 80 GB and
    I want the dvds to be bootable.

    Any help would be great.
     
    Ben Ramsay, Dec 15, 2007
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  2. Ben Ramsay

    BChat Guest

    I am using windows vista home basic and I want to try and create a set of
    recovery disks for my system. Does anyone know the best way to do this, I
    have a acronis boot disk that allows me to create images outside windows
    but
    I am unsure how to to this. I would like to try and keep the number of dvds
    down to an absolute minimum if possible. My initial drive size is 80 GB and
    I want the dvds to be bootable.

    Any help would be great.
     
    BChat, Dec 15, 2007
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  3. Ben Ramsay

    Augustus Guest

    My advice...invest $100 in a USB/SATA external drive enclosure and the
    cheapest 250Gb SATA drive you can find. Create your Acronis backup archives
    on this and do schedule incremental daily backups (which take 10min or so on
    mine). It's fast, it's portable, it more reliable, you can move it system to
    system and create multiple off-site backups. You can access, incrementally
    or fully restore the image from any system on the network with the Acronis
    boot disk you create and backup to the shared drive on any home network.

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    Augustus, Dec 15, 2007
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  4. Ben Ramsay

    Slap Guest

    Pretty good advice. Myself I wouldn't be buying 'sally's 300Gb SATA
    Drive... $60.00) tho.

    I did just buy a 300Gb Western Digital SATA drive that was on sale for
    $99.00 (no enclosure). Just my opinion until the no-name brands become
    household words. I'm sure they are ok.
    --
     
    Slap, Dec 15, 2007
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  5. Ben Ramsay

    XS11E Guest

    I believe what you want isn't possible with Acronis.

    AFAIK, making bootable recovery disks is not something Acronis can do
    but someone will correct me if I'm wrong.

    The image(s) you create with Acronis will be restorable only by using
    Acronis. The normal backup technique is to create an image of your
    system or maybe only the C:\ drive onto DVDs (I use a removable
    harddrive but DVDs will work fine) and then, to restore, you'd boot on
    the Acronis bootable rescue disk and tell it where to find the image
    and where to restore it.
     
    XS11E, Dec 15, 2007
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  6. Ben Ramsay

    Augustus Guest

    You create a bootable disk and use it to restore the image, just like with
    Ghost.
     
    Augustus, Dec 15, 2007
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  7. Here is what I do.. and some more info that may help you..

    First of all acronis ROCKS!!!

    when you do this there is an option to customize and split the backup into
    parts..

    I personally select parts of 700 mb each so that 6 of them fit into 1 dvd
    for a total of 4.1 gb per disk..

    while acronis is doing this, it is compressing the data too... but Vista is
    very big and if you have lots of data in personal folders then you might
    have to write many disks.

    You can probably manually increase that a bit so you can take advantange of
    more of the dvd..

    the second option is to select the DVD size option that writes a 4.4 gb file
    part.. BUT you need to use a DVD-RW (re-writable) disk in this case
    since normal DVD-R have a 2 gig file limit

    I save these to a second drive then I fit them into disks later on...
     
    vista user 43, Dec 15, 2007
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  8. oh I forgot to tell you,\

    you must also make a boot cd from a seperate shortcut in the start menu ..
    it has a bootable media creator thing..

    you make a seperate bootable cd using that, and then you write the backups
    on dvds...
     
    vista user 43, Dec 15, 2007
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