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Can I make an Acronis Recovery CD that will automatically restore my system?

I have Acronis True Image Workstation ver.'s 9 and 10.  What I want to know is how to make a DVD that I can pop in my system that will contain the restore image and necessary utilities to allow the image to be pushed back to the system.  Thanks in advance.
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
I believe you can, I don't have real experience with Arconis but you should be able to combine the Acronis bootable rescue CD/DVD image with your backup .tib file. Use UtraISO or some other image editing software to combine rescue + backup data.
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1namylnAuthor Commented:
I will look into Ultra ISO and repost. TY.
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garycaseCommented:
The simple answer is No, you can't.     For the simple reason that an image of a modern system (e.g. Windows 7) won't fit on a single DVD.

Acronis is designed to write an image to a series of DVDs if desired -- to restore them you just boot the Acronis Recovery CD and then follow the prompts ... inserting the DVDs in the image set as requested.

A more complex answer:    IF Acronis will support booting from BluRay media (I don't know if it does), you can do what you want by writing the image to a BluRay drive (obviously this requires that you have a BluRay burner).
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
@garycase: you're right, but 1namyln doesn't mention the OS.

@1namyln: what OS are you talking about and how large is the partition/disk you're trying to save?

The only advantage of a single DVD is just that you only have to take 1 with you :) I'm thinking that the 'custom' DVD with both Acronis and the image is a bit too much trouble but it depends on how often you want to backup your system.
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shahzoorCommented:
the best option is to create a restore partition in your pc if you have a huge harddrive
You will find an option called Secure Zone in Acronis and you can define the size of the secure zone as well depending on the size of your data.
Further you can add acronis startup manager to your boot, where you will press F11 to enter the acronis recovery manager
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1namylnAuthor Commented:
The OS I'm using is XP Pro.  With the system loaded with all drivers, service packs, etc., etc., the image is 3.2GB.

@shahzoor, Doing this doesn't provide for hardware failure.  If the HD with the restore partition fails all is lost.
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cisco_idiotCommented:
you could use winpe (disk imaging) you will need to reauthenticate everytime you reinstall it though. but you can have a simple (small DVD) or I would recommend a bootable thumb drive with winPE.

winpe.
http://blogs.artinsoft.net/jose_aguilar_blog/archive/2007/04/26/1414.aspx

it will take a bit of work putting the wim back on the Disk but moving the wim and the imagex program to the disk you should be able to accomplish this. it is not immediate but you could put together a batch file that will make it "automated".
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garycaseCommented:
Since your image is < 4.35GB it will indeed fit on a single DVD ... so yes, you can easily store it on a single DVD.     Acronis will write the image to a DVD ... to restore, you simply boot to the Acronis recovery CD/DVD, then insert the DVD with the image when requested.    That process is very simple -- and as you load your system with programs and the image grows beyond a single DVD it's the same process ... it will simply prompt you for the additional DVDs when needed.

You're correct that if you keep the image on a 2nd partition of the same disk then a disk failure will also wipe out the image.     But NO system should only have one hard drive ... and if you keep the image on a different disk, then you're safe unless BOTH disks fail simultaneously.     But of course a backup image on DVDs is always nice to have.
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1namylnAuthor Commented:
@garycase, what I'm trying to achieve is only having one DVD.  How can I combine the image and the bootable media into one DVD?
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garycaseCommented:
I don't have the current version of Acronis, but as near as I can tell from the on-site documentation, it doesn't let you do exactly what you want.    You COULD most likely create a bootable recovery DVD;  then use a tool like ISOBuster to add an image file to the DVD -- so when you booted from it, you could "point" Acronis to that image.

HOWEVER ... I'd think it would be far more convenient to do the following:

(a)  Use the Acronis Startup Recovery Manager to add an F11 function at system boot -- this lets you do a restore by simply pressing F11 during the boot process.

(b)  Make a backup DVD (or DVDs as needed) with your image, so in the event of hard drive failure you can easily restore your system to a new drive.
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1namylnAuthor Commented:
Instead of using a DVD I created Acronis Boot Media using a flash drive.  Once it was created I copied my image to a folder on the flash drive.  Thanks to all for your efforts.
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1namylnAuthor Commented:
Points are for your efforts.  I would recommend anyone else needing to do this use the flash drive method.
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