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Acronis True Image Home 2011 is the latest version of my favorite disk imaging software. Windows 7 includes an imaging utility, but like most built in Windows apps, lacks full features.
Acronis True Image Home is reasonably priced and makes backup and restore much easier.
Improvements include integration in the Backup and Restore section of the Control Panel; ability to view and restore previous file or volume versions from the Context menu; backup and restore of Windows libraries; and the ability to launch Acronis® True Image Home 2011 from the Windows 7 Taskbar.
Some of us have never felt the user interface was the best it could be with True Image, and thankfully the UI has been improved.
A redesign of the GUI includes new features like Drag and Drop for faster navigation. Wizards and One-Click configuration tools select the best backup and restore options for your needs.
Hello there, i am in no way a computer “techie” but i am in need of some help. I have a Dell Inspiron e1505 and what i want to do is replace the hard-drive on that computer with a larger one because i have occupied the space on the hard-drive i have currently. Is it as simple as putting in Acronis True Image 2010 and copying the hard-drive onto the disk and then sliding in the new hard-drive then copying it? Or is there more to it. My idea seems to be way to simple, but if it works i wouldn’t be disappointed! Thank you for your help and great videos!
Here is my answer:
Question: do you have an external hard drive with plenty of space on it?
If so, you can install Acronis True Image, create a recovery CD.
Boot from the recovery CD and image the old HD onto the external one.
Then install the new hard drive
Boot from the recovery CD and restore from the external HD to the new, bigger internal one.
If you do NOT have an external hard drive, you can either get one (I recommend a compact model that gets power via the USB cable, although they are not as high of capacity…)
Get a Vantec USB HDD Adapter, use that to connect the new HD to the laptop and CLONE directly from the old HD to the new HD after booting from the recovery CD.
If you are booting a PC built on the Asus P5KC motherboard using the Recovery Boot CD from Acronis True Image, then depending on which version of Acronis True Image you are using, you may not see any hard drives to back up or restore; other than the USB drive you are backing up to (or restoring from).
The reason may be the settings in your BIOS.
On the first screen of BIOS settings, near the bottom, is SATA Configuration. Select that and the top option is named, suprisingly, SATA Configuration also. The setting you probably want to operate with normally is “Enhanced”, but certain versions of Acronis True Image won’t then see the hard drives.
Change this setting to “Compatible” until you are finished with the Acronis True Image operation, then change it back to enhanced.
This doesn’t seem to effect Acronis when run through Windows, just from the Recovery Boot CD. There may be other Asus (and other brands) boards effected, but the P5KC is the one I know for sure.
I just blogged about a problem with an Asus P5LD2 Deluxe PC last week and it’s a nightmare getting all the parts RMA’d and providing a loaner PC in the interim.
What do I do when it’s my own PC that’s going south? Well, that’s what happened beginning last Sunday when I woke up to a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) on my primary PC, an Asus P5KC.
During the course of the day I was able to get it up and running several times. Sometimes it would boot and I could do a “chkdsk /f” which it would perform on the next boot up and it would be fine – only to BSOD, not always with the same error code.
Once I had to get out the XP CD in order to boot because even the Command Console wouldn’t work. (Keep your XP CD handy!)
Since the hard drive was always corrupted I suspected that the drive was shucking out, but SpinRite not only didn’t show any problems but didn’t help either. Next suspect might be memory, but with memory from Crucial I didn’t put much faith in that theory. I changed out the hard drive just to be sure, restoring from a drive image made with my favorite backup program and kept looking for other hints.
Then in the process of swapping out the hard drive, I practically burned my hand on the video card. The video card I was using was a 512MB PCI-E card from Asus that was designed to be fanless. I get sick of video cards whose cheapo cooling fans either get noisy or just plain die; requiring me to provide a loaner and then RMA the card to the manufacturer. And nobody likes a noisy fan.
In this case, maybe it’s not the best design, who knows. What I did was quick order an XFX video card from a favorite vendor with free shipping and a new video card was at my door the next day (I know, the free shipping isn’t supposed to be that quick, but usually is).
For now it looks like the problem is solved. But the keys to quick recovery are these:
I have had a lot of views and follow up questions to some videos I have had on hard drive data recovery. On the one hand I’m thrilled that so many people find this information valuable to them; on the other hand I’m sad to see that so many people are in need of recovering data off of failed drives.
Computer backup is not difficult, expensive or even very time consuming anymore.
Last week I tackled some brutal Chicagoland traffic and attended an Acronis Certified Engineer training course. The course was well done and with a small class size was very worthwhile. As a bonus I took a knowledge test of the Acronis True Image software.
It’s always encouraging to meet with other people in the same line of work that have experienced positive results using the same tools that I have chosen to use. One of the others in attendance has been using the product about as long as I have, dating back to version 7 (several years ago).
The new Acronis True Image Echo is quite a product, and there is even an SBS (Microsoft Small Business Server) version out now.