Acronis - Im using it to backup a drive (its doing it but reporting bad sectors ) unwise to clone this drive?

Posted on 2008-06-16
Last Modified: 2016-10-27
I can do a bare metal install of windows - or the lazy option and clone it

What to do?
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CorruptedLogic earned 500 total points
ID: 21798483
Two schools of thought on this one...
continue to let the drive clone and see what happens in the end (it may turn out ok, it may be just as corrupt as the original drive). Also, it may look ok, then turn around and bite you in a few days/weeks/months.

Or...backup the important data, bare metal install windows, restore the data then create a shiny new image and archive it somewhere so that next time it happens, you can restore back in about 10 minutes :o)

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ID: 21798505

Its looking like bare metal is your only man really.

Are you familiar with acronis?  On a normal working drive,  can I remove the Acronis boot CD once the back up has started to another media?   Reason - I can tell the user to reboot when its finished and walk away from a normal back up (not this one, a normal working drive.)

If you dont know the answer dont worry, I can find out quick enough as a test.


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ID: 21798527
Yes, once the restore is in process, you can remove the CD. I think you can set the restore to automatically reboot the pc at the end of the process as well.

Also, if you are in a network environment, you can use the acronis agent and then start the restore remotely. it's pretty slick!
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ID: 21798580

Ok you have the points ....

Last question.  Im seeing In the acronis window "no backups have been scheduled yet ...... " from my working laptop.  Surely acronis cant do a "full" backup while windows is running?
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ID: 21799115
What version of Acronis you use there? It can be run backup while windows running.

Expert Comment

ID: 21805230
Yes, it can. Like i said, it's pretty slick!

Author Comment

ID: 21809682

waw, will give it a go.

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