I am trying to image the system partition on a Toshiba laptop (Satellite C655) using Acronis TI 2010.
It appears that 2 partitions are involved in the bootup; the first physical partition is 1.46GB, has neither a volume label nor a drive letter (per disk management). The partition's status is Active, Recovery Partition.
The second physical partiton has Windows7 on it, status: Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition.
There is another partition, also no volume label or drive letter, 9GB, status: primary partition. I suspect this partition has the factory image.
I am rather confused on how to manage imaging here: once I know I can restore the system partition images that I create, then I no longer need the factory image partition.
I am unclear on the role of the first partition and whether boot management is different in Windows 7 than in Vista. It seems I need to image the first 2 partitions in order to insure recovery.. but not clear on how recovery will be affected if MBR is corrupted or altered after I make the image (e.g. resizing of some partitions). Am unclear on why the first partition is used / needed: is there a way to eliminate it so that the system partition does not need it if I make it the active partition?
Would sure appreciate if someone could help me understand the critical issues here.