Mirror system on external drive

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Jim Blacklock
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I want to mirror my system on to an external drive so I can then restore in case of a system crash or virus wipeout. Now have the external HD but need the software to do the job. What are the best programmes to do this ?

Peter Wedlake
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I use Acronis True Image to make clones of my H/D.

Cheers
Pete

fuddam
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Acronis

Jim Blacklock
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Thanks guys. Have looked at reviews for Acronis and they seem very very mixed, some saying "don't touch it" and others saying "it's magic". However, it would seem to me that those having big problems are on Vista whilst those still using XP seem to be OK.
Is that your experience ?

Z Cheema
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I have alwasy used Ghost, making a backup on a removable drive.

Jim Blacklock
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Anyone know what the difference is between Acronis True Image Home 2009 and Acronis True Image 11 (PC) ?

fuddam
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have vista 64 machine but never used acronis on it - just on the 2 XP machines. always faultless, IME, over the past 5+ years.

I use an older version - v8 I think. *Heard* some of the newer versions less reliable, but dunno about it.

look on scan.co.uk for price. sometimes REAL cheap

:)

pkbristol
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Allway Sync.

Paul.

Jim Blacklock
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Okay - I've purchasd Acronis True Image Home 2009 and have done a full back up of my computer, which comprises 3 hard files. All seemed to go well and the backup has finished after 2 hours. However when I look at the properties of the external drive I've backed up to it says it has used 98GB. My three hard disks have 149GB between them. Is this OK ?
What has happened to the other 51GB ?

fuddam
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compression

:)

when you set up the task, during the wizard, one option was the amount of compression. you can also set it for zero compression

my own backups are set as such:
1) one full backup per month, per drive, eg 1st sunday of month
2) incremental backups per week of each drive

this works well, in my case, to prevent an unlimited number of backups.

Jim Blacklock
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Have now backed up my system onto an external HD and want to test if I can restore. Decided the safest way would be to just restore one file so chose a Lotus wordpro file, in this case "Programme 2008". I went through the selection process until the only file left with a tick against it was the chosen file. Then selected proceed. Acronis came up with this summary
From file G:\MyBackup (9) 15.tib
Restoration of Files
Restore to original location

I'm okay with the first and last comment but would have been much more comfortable if the second comment had said Programme 2008 instead of Files.
I really don't want to restore any other files as they will now overwrite updates I've already made on my system.
Is this just Acronis way of saying it will restore the file I've asked it to restore or is it going to restore files I haven't ticked ?

Jim Blacklock
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Anyone with Acronis experience able to settle my nervousness on this one. Can I go ahead secure in the knowledge that Acronis will only restore the one file ?

PL
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You should be able to restore to another folder and then check the files against the originals