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Solved: backup PC using Acronis, advice needed

Q: Solved: backup PC using Acronis, advice needed


I have a 5 years old PC with 80gb internal hard drive. I've just bought an external hard drive; Buffalo Drivestation 1tb. My aim is:

1- To boot from Buffalo DriveStation in the event of internal harddrive failure (the hd start making clicking sound). I've just reformat my PC and a one-off 'copy' of how my OS setting is fine, I dont need scheduled backup / 'copy' of my OS in my Buffalo DriveStation. FYI, the OS is in my C: where else files, pictures, songs etc is in different partition.

2- To make scheduled backups files,pictures, songs etc partition to Buffalo DriveStation every fortnight or so.

3- Im planning to partition the Buffalo DriveStation such as below:
a) 10gb --> to make a 'copy' of my current C: drive where my OS is
b) 150gb --> for pictures
c) 300gb --> for videos
d) 50gb --> for files
e) 490gb --> to 'copy' partitions b) to d)

I've been reading Acronis and googled on how to do the above but not sure whether I should go with 'Disk Cloning' or 'Mounting Images' or both to perform Task 1 and Task 3e?

Also, in order to perform partition my Buffalo DriveStation as outlined in Task3 using Partition Magic, do I have to choose the specific task of 'Install Another Operating OS' for Task 3a?

I hope I have explained everything as clearly as possible and appreciate any help.

Thank you

A: Solved: backup PC using Acronis, advice needed

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Using Acronis True Image Home 2009 on a Windows 7 Ultimate system.

I'm creating an image onto the primary drive of a partition on a secondary drive. I have Acronis set to divide the backups into 1.95-gigabyte sections. Each time it completes a 1.95-gigabyte part, it puts up an "Insert next volume" dialog. It says "Please insert next volume or select different location.". Problem is there is still many times more space at the backup location than is need for the image. I'm having to attend to this throughout the backup process--clicking on "OK" time and again to get it to continue.

I get the same result on three different systems so this problem is not unique to one computer.

Does anyone know how to stop this annoying behavior?

A:Acronis backup asks for next volume when one isn't needed.

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i need to backup my Inspiron laptop as well as my iPad 2. I've narrowed it down to buying the cord. Now I need referrals for backup software. I'd like to backup Windows to my iPad as well as to a flash drive. Then I want to backup my iPad to iTunes on my Windows laptop, then to flash drive.

Which software do you suggest -- free preferably -- to do all this? I've been using Windows since 3.0 but Apple is fairly new. I'd need something fairly simple to use.

Once done, I'll upgrade to a Windows 8. I'm waiting on ten as I've read too many horror stories. That's normal, I know, but I always wait a while

Thank you

A:Backup advice needed

I don't know what "buying the cord" means.

I know absolutely nothing about backing up an iPad.

I have no idea if you could back up an Inspiron to an iPad. I've never heard of such a thing. Anything is possible.

You ought to think in terms of backing up the Inspiron to a hard drive of some type. Not to an iPad. Not to a flash drive.

I'm assuming you are referring to backing up Windows itself, not just your personal data, pictures, videos, etc.

The standard tool to backup Windows to a hard drive is imaging software such as Macrium Reflect or Aomei Backupper. Both are free.

You can back up to DVDs, but it's foolish and asking for trouble.

If you just want to back up your personal data, rather than your Windows installation, that's another story entirely.

"Backup" is a poorly defined word that means different things to different people at different times. What do you mean when you use it?

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I just backed up my drive with 3 partitions with Nero on DVD.
If my Windows XP ever takes a crap again: Will I have reinstall XP and Nero and then restore:? If yes: With or without partitions? Will the restore overwrite the registry so all my programs will work? I am not trying to beat any copy protection here, It just takes me days on days to reinstall all my music studio programs and dink around digging up all the keys and disk's. I have always started from scratch in the past.


A:Backup advice needed!

Your data should be good. I doubt the DVD is bootable though. You would need to reinstall XP, programs, drivers, ect. And then you could copy the data.

You cain't simply back up your system and restore it as files in use cain't be copied and anytime Windows is active there will be files in use.

If what you are looking for is a means to restore your system then you need a image of the drive. Ghost or Drive Image will make a image than can be used to do a restore. They boot to their own system.

FWIW I run a vanilla system with few special drivers. I have my drive partitioned as you do and I load XP and drivers to C, application programs to D and data goes to E. So I just back up data on E. Therefore I don't clone my drive. If I feel the need to reload XP I back up E and reload XP and my programs.

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I have a Dell 4400 running XP. I had a hard drive failure and lost everything. It has taken several days to reload a new drive. What is the best way to back up the entire c drive? Should I buy an exra drive or zip drive. I don't know much about hardware. I just want an easy way to rebuild a drive if my new one fails and of course, not loose all my personal files again.

My computer won't even recognize the original drive. Any suggestions on how I might retrieve some of my lost files? I'm assuming it's a lost cause but I'd like to retrieve my digital picutures if possible.

A:Backup Advice Needed

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Hi all,

I haven't been here for a while but have swung by because I'm in desperate need of help in deciding down which route to go with regard to backups.

The thing is that there is no sub-forum where this question would be appropriate - so I'll ask it here!

I need to perform a backup on an HP Proliant DL360 server so that in the event of theft / failure / fire etc. I can restore the system and also the files. It's got an 80Gb capacity, and there's constantly about 60GB (mainly of PDFs) on it.

The prime consideration is cost - or the lack of it because the company is very small. Before I arrived someone bought a Sony AIT-1 tape drive (35gb per tape) so I suppose I could use that but I need to be able to backup all the system files while the server is up and then restore them in the event of a failure. I also don't know what backup software is good or even compatible with this drive.

I was wondering if there's a software solution that would enable me to make a complete copy of the server's drive to my PC (over the network) and then simply update that every evening by copying changes over. I've got plenty of space on the PC and then if I needed to restore the server I could just push the data back onto new hardware.

The third way could be to buy a USB hard drive caddy and copy the system to that but I would still have the problem of copying the windows files and also climbing into the server room every time I need a backup and, we,, it's not a very elegan... Read more

A:In Need of an 'Everything Else' forum?? Backup Advice needed...

moving you to xp forum

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.80GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 1006 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) 82865G Graphics Controller, 96 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 76316 MB, Free - 70714 MB; F: Total - 11774 MB, Free - 9226 MB;
Motherboard: Intel Corporation, D865GVHZ
Antivirus: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2014, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

hello again
my system has crashed 2 times recently thank goodness for acronis
i am not sure what i am doing somehow it worked, backup. i need help knowing what and how backup also if hp true image is mesing things up thanks in advance CCNV

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I have Acronis 2013 for back-ups. I have previously used Apricorn to make clone backups and everything worked beautifully, and the two or three times I had to restore the system and files also worked. It doesn't run in W7/64 so I bought Acronis and intended to do the same thing, and did clone to a USB ext. drive for awhile. Also made regular partition backups on another USB drive because everyone told me to. Now I have two problems. 1) When I want to clone the setup moves along well and aborts at about the place where the computer would normally re-boot. I have not reason why and can't seem to find out. 2) when I try to do a partition backup it tells me the disk is full with old partitions and I have no idea how to erase them.

I have worked with computers and languages, not systems, for over 30 years. I am now 78 and cranky and simply want to do the word processing, email, web surfing, and other stuff. I will be most grateful for the help of an understanding person.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) Processor 2650e, AMD64 Family 15 Model 127 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 3838 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 694104 MB, Free - 548807 MB; E: Total - 21257 MB, Free - 15124 MB; G: Total - 694104 MB, Free - 451092 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 03D1TV
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enab... Read more

A:Solved: Problems with Acronis backup

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I decided to image my hard drive a couple days ago using my Acronis software. When I used it in March all went fine.

But now I'm getting "archive corrupted" messages. I have two backup drives for insurance.

The first time I tried to image to my external drive F, I got the "archive corrupted" message. On the second try the image to the external drive F succeded.

But it failed both times I tried with my external drive M. Both times displaying the "archive corrupted" message.

So am I doing something wrong? Is there maybe a problem with the Acronis software? Is my hardrive starting to get "sick"? I'm at a loss as to why I am getting the "corrupted" messages.

I put four attachments with the logs for each of the attempts to image my hard drive. I'm hoping something in the logs might help determine what is going on.


A:Solved: Acronis Backup Corrupted

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I have been using Acronis True Image 2010 for quite some time now, to back up my files, without any problems. I have scheduled it to carry out a Daily Backup, plus a full backup weekly. As I say, it has carried these out perfectly. However, over the last week or so, when my Daily Scheduled task has run, I am getting the following error message:-

"Error - No such script; A91C989A - 3917 - 88BA - 242B4A967CC0"

"FAILED to PROCESS pair script : A91C989A - 3917 - 88BA - 242B4A967CC0 "

I have absolutely no idea what this means; I have not made any alterations to my system, nor have I any idea how to correct it! Does anyone have any thoughts ?

A:Solved: Acronis Backup Problem

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It would appear I am the victim of a dead hard drive.
Having upgraded my system six months ago with two 200g Maxtor sata drives my C drive appears to have suddenly died,
I used Acronis true image to backup weekly to the second drive.
This is the bit I am not quite sure about, is it possible to restore the backup to a clean drive with no OS? or do I have to reinstall windows first.
Have never had to preform this task before so any advice appreciated

A:Solved: Acronis backup restore

You should be able to boot off the Acronis CD(you can make one if you downloaded it) and restore the image.

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I am trying for 3 weeks now to get this program to do a restore. I finally got to the point where it made a bootable restore CD. But, when I run it I get the message " Failed to read from sector 0 of the hard drive 0. Retry, ignore. Ignore all ,cancel" The strange thing is now all my drives are given different letters. My C: drive is actually my USB H: 150GB drive. There is no letter that corresponds to the actual C: drive. I am suppose to pick the backup file that I want restored to my c: drive but the restore file is now listed on the C: drive and no place to have as a destination. Everything boots fine in windows and all drives are properly named and have the proper files. Is this sector 0 my boot sector? How would you proceed to test for faulty sector 0? I have backed up for years and all goes perfect. NOW I need to restore! I am determined to find a way to get this to work properly. With the great reviews, others are not having this kind of problem.

A:Solved: A new twist to Acronis 8.0 Backup

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Just built a new system w/a UEFI Bios. When I go to backup my C: drive (SSD) there is a Recovery Partition (NTFS), an Unamed partiton (FAT32), and the Local Disk C: (NTFS). I went ahead and backed up all three the first time, but in future should I just back up the Local Disk? Also, when I boot into Acronis Recovery to restore my C: drive, should I also check "MBR & Track 0" for recovery? Thanks.

A:Solved: Acronis Backup and UEFI

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I have recently re-installed and started to use to use Acronis True Image Home, and am using a daily backup routine. The first (full) backup was around 55Gb, whereas the next six have varied between 1Gb and 20Gb. This looks like it is because I chose the "Incremental" backup method, as recommended. All backups have duly run, but what I would like to know is, if I ever had the need to recover my system via Acronis, which backup should I choose? If I selected the original full backup it would obviously not be up to date. So, although I hope I never need to recover my system, what backup would I have to choose?

A:Solved: Acronis Backup Recovery Choice

You can only recover the system with the full backup.

After it has done that it then works through each incremental backup - overwriting the files that have changed but ONLY the first full backup has the ability to restore
see this OR it is fully explained in the Acronis True Image guide
So you must always have the full backup but you can select a particular stage - eg incremental to recover to.
So for instance if you selected incremental 3 it would recover to that ignoring any after BUT it cannot do so without the full one
Incremental method
The result of an incremental method backup operation (also known as incremental backup version)
contains only those files which have been changed since the LAST BACKUP.
Example: Every day, you write one page of your document and back it up using the incremental
method. True Image saves the new page every time you run backup.
Note: The first backup version you create always uses full method.

 1.tib - full backup version.

 2.tib, 3.tib, 4.tib - incremental backup versions.

Additional information
Incremental method is the most useful when you need frequent backup versions and the ability to
roll back to a specific point in time. As a rule, incremental backup versions are considerably smaller
than full or differential versions.
On the other hand, incremental versions require more work for the program to provide recovery. In
the exampl... Read more

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I've recently set-up Acronis Home 2010 and a scheduled backup to run weekly. The backup appears to start and a Windows Action Centre icon appears in my task bar saying that a backup is in progress but I can find no way of seeing how far through the backup actually is. There's no Acronis-specific icon on the taskbar and if I start the software manually it gives me no indication of backups currently in-progress.

Any ideas?


A:Solved: Track progress of Acronis backup?

First of all make sure that you are using the latest build of the software, it is 7046.
What OS are you using? In Windows 7 for example, you can click on the little arrow pointing upwards, this will bring up a pop-up with the Acronis True Image 2010 Home progress bar. If you hovers your mouse over it, you will have a percentage shown. You can double-click on it and this will bring up the ATIH2010 Operation Progress window.
Also, when the backup task is ran, either in scheduled or unscheduled tabs you can see the name of the backup job with the status message and percentage.

Hope this helps.

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I have had Acronis True Image Home 2010 installed for several months now, and when I ran my Weekly Image backups, they used to complete in about one hour on to an external hard drive. The size of my "C" drive is around 50 Gb. However, recently, this weekly backup has been running, completing successfully, but taking around 13 hours!! I am certain that I have not added any new programs, etc., which might have such an effect as this, so wonder whether anyone has any ideas? Being fairly inexperienced, I just cannot see what sort of event has caused this huge variation in running time. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I use Acronis True Image to backup my data. After a system crash, I am needing to access some files in my back up file - in the owners documents folder. I mount the image with Acronis and view the files, but when I get to my owners documents folder in Documents& settings folder I try to open to copy the files I need, but I get told i dont have permission. I am logged in as Admin. I need to get into the folder to get my documents files and application data.

Any help would be great.

I would have restored the whole image, but I wanted to start fresh because the system had been rebuilt since the image was created.


A:Solved: Acronis backup -/ Windows permissions

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I have Acronis True Image 9 installed and run both daily and weekly backups. The weekly one runs perfectly but recently when the scheduled daily backup runs it now stops after running around 75% and just won't run any further. I have to close it down every day using the Task Manager facility. Not being very experienced, I can't think why one of the two options runs but the other one does not. Does anyone please have any thoughts on how I can correct this? Many thanks for any advice.

A:Solved: Acronis True Image Backup Program

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Can anyone please tell me if this will delete the contents of the partition, or if it will delete the backup image from the partition?

I'm really not sure.


A:Solved: Acronis Tue Image 2010 Nonstop Backup

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I am curious if there is any advantage of using a commercial backup software when we already have Windows 10 Backup. I am not using sophisticated features or elaborate configurations. Instead, I want to have peace of mind knowing that I can backup my computer on a daily or weekly basis.

I have been a long time user of Acronis True Image for Home and then more recently Acronis Backup. I am comfortable with the software and have my backups. I am wondering, though, using Windows Backup would be an equally good or better choice? Does anyone have any thoughts or reasons why one method is superior to the other?

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I am using Acronis true image 11

I have created an full backup on 01 March 2014 and then scheduled incremental backup daily from 02 March 2014. Now (31 Aug 2014) my backup hard disk is full (the disk that store the backup), so I take out the backup hard disk that is already full and replace it with another empty disk (the disk that store the backup).

When I start with an empty disk (the disk that store the backup), usually I will create a new full backup and then scheduled incremental backup daily.

But I do not have time to do the full backup these days because full backup takes many hours.

Can I use the full image backup (created on 01 March 2014) and then scheduled incremental backup daily. (example: full image backup (01 March 2014), first scheduled incremental backup daily on 01 Sep 2014, second scheduled incremental backup daily on 02 Sep 2014, third scheduled incremental backup daily on 03 Sep 2014...)

Thanks a lot.

(using Acronis true image 11)

A:Can I use an old Acronis Full Backup and do incremental backup now?

Hi there

You need to restore the Full backup and then the incrementals taken in the period until and including the most recent. The program should prompt you for the files.

I'm surprised though that even on OLD hardware a backup takes many hours -- Have you separated your OS on to its own partition separate from your data. I'd ALWAYS recommend having the OS and pgms on a separate partition or HD (like an SSD) and the rest of your data such as music etc spread out elsewhere.

Then your OS backup won't take long -- you would need at the most 30 mins - and for your DATA you could back up parts at different times - especially for things like Music files that I don't suppose change much apart from possibly adding new files.


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I am using Acronis true image 11

I have created an full backup on 01 March 2014 and then scheduled incremental backup daily from 02 March 2014. Now (31 Aug 2014) my backup hard disk is full (the disk that store the backup), so I take out the backup hard disk that is already full and replace it with another empty disk (the disk that store the backup).

When I start with an empty disk (the disk that store the backup), usually I will create a new full backup and then scheduled incremental backup daily.

But I do not have time to do the full backup these days because full backup takes many hours.

Can I use the full image backup (created on 01 March 2014) and then scheduled incremental backup daily. (example: full image backup (01 March 2014), first scheduled incremental backup daily on 01 Sep 2014, second scheduled incremental backup daily on 02 Sep 2014, third scheduled incremental backup daily on 03 Sep 2014...)
Thanks a lot.

(using Acronis true image 11)

A:Can I use an old Acronis Full Backup and do incremental backup now?

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Hi all
I know a lot use Acronis backup -- I've been using it for ages and never had a problem with it

However there is a defect (actually missing feature) in it that has a serious implication for Winsows 7 Users.

1) Say you have define a picture library.
2) imagine in the pictures library the folders are defined similarly as follows d:\pics1, e:\pics2, e:\subfolder\pics3, \\networkdisg\z\pics4 etc etc.
3) You now want to run a backup of DATA (not image / partition).
4) The Acronis menu presents a list of DISKS / Computer etc but no LIBRARIES.

This means that you manually will have to remember every folder that your library has within it so you can back up the library reliably.

This rather goes against the whole point of Libraries as the purpose is not to worry where on the physical disk the data is actually stored.

The built in backup with Windows DOES work with libraries for data backup - but you lose the other things a nice fast commercial program like Acronis has such as Incremental backup, compression, multi-media spanning etc etc.

I hope Acronis addresses this .

I don't think Macrium or paragon can back up libraries either.

I like libraries -- but I want to be able to back them up properly as well with my normal backup program.


A:Acronis backup - Can't backup W7Libraries

Yet another reason to use a file-by-file backup program for data and use imaging for your system--if you insist on imaging at all. I have been stung a time or two by placing faith in imaging, only to be sadly disappointed when crunch time came.

I make images, but always assume they are going to fail in any restore attempt--that is, I don't rely on them. If they work, fine. If they don't, I have to reinstall Windows--big deal.

But my data is always backed up file by file with another program and by periodic drag and drop copies.

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I have had my PC rebuilt with a new mother board, video card with a 3.2 dual core processor, and my new hdd is connected by a SATA cable and is 500Gb drive with Windows XP SP3 loaded onto it.
My old hdd is a 250Gb that is connected to the new board by an ide cable, and this drive also has Windows loaded onto it; it is this 250Gb drive that I now want to use as a storage drive.
The PC sometimes freezes for up to 30 secís a time and I was wondering if it had anything to do with having two OP systems on the computer, but before I do anything I need some advice, as I was wondering if I needed to F Disc the old drive, or just go to My Computer and click on the drive and select Format from the menu.
Any advice will be most welcome, regards Robert.

A:Solved: Advice needed

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I currently have two RAM sticks that operate at different speeds, one being kingston 2 gb another being a 1 gig (DDR2 SDRAM, 64 bit,m 472 MHz *DDR* real clock, effictive clock 944 mhz, 7556 mb/s; this is the kingston specs.

The other runs at (64 bit, 400 mhz DDR real clock, effictive clock 800 mhz, 5000 mb/s this is the other ram stick).

Should I use both or the Kingston RAM; I need fast, reliable performance from atleast 2 GB (I need it for video editing, currently have 250 psu, ATI Radeon X300).

A:Solved: RAM Advice Needed

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Hi There

I think my pc has died or something in it just not sure whether it is the CPU or the hard drive. even though I do not know much I am leaning on the CPU

I pulled my PC out from under my desk ( pc was still on ) to plug in a new external hard drive I had purchased got up to put on a light and heard a clatter the pc had fallen over.

something has stopped working computer will not boot up monitor is just black no flicker of anything. so is there something I can do to either determine what it is and possibly fix it or am I better off getting a whole new computer.

any help no matter how small would be great


A:Solved: advice needed

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I am looking for a backup solution for my desktop computer (read as: tight budget) which can notify through a software interface about time remaining till batteries run out.

I am trying to run a server on this machine which I'm planning to use to give a demo to some parties from remote location. So basically this desktop will be unattended. I have written a small utility to gracefully shut down the server in case of power failure so that it doesn't look as though it crashed . And this utility needs to read the time remaining till total shutdown from somewhere. So I am looking for a budget backup solution which can provide me this data. (It is doesn't need to log it or so, I'm just happy to scoop it from its process memory if I have to.)

Can you guys suggest any backup-solution or anything which can help me find the time remaining till this desktop shuts down, if running on backup power?


A:Solved: Need advice on power backup - UPS/Inverter

help me find the time remainingClick to expand...
If the UPS does not have a data cable that connects to the PC and software CD, then there is now way to determine this, most APC brand ups's will have this, unless it is a budget model.

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I used to be pretty faithful in backing up stuff on floppys and later on CDs. I haven't been faithful for at least a year.

I'm wondering if I should back up stuff on a flash drive type product or some external hard drive or something else.

I don't know how to tell how many MB or GB of stuff I might have. I clicked around on documents and pictures etc. but am not skilled enough to see how much I have. The system I end up with should be easy to use and add new data every time I use it rather than starting from scratch every time. Years ago an another computer I had an internal colorado backup system that was inconvenient to use and was very expensive at the time.

Your thoughts are much appreciated.

A:Solved: Advice for backup data/pictures/etc

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I am after some software that will ONLY back up data when CHANGES have been made and NOT the entire selection usually made in the backup schedule.

Ones like Nero and Windows certainly do a good job but as they back up EVERYTHING day after day or whenever I choose the date, it soon fills up the external HDD I is use for this task!

There has to be a program that only backs up the CHANGES that have occurred in files without doing the whole lot over and over again.

Being paranoid about backing up and saving "stuff", I like to do it daily so after a week, my backup drive is chock a block!

Any suggestions or advices much appreciated.

A:Solved: Advice on good backup program thanks!

are you backing up the programs and windows -or just the data

I have a backup setup at various clients using second copy , I like second copy as it does not create just one backup file that then needs the application to restore.
I had been in a situation using backup now , where the version they had worked on XP but would not work on windows 7 and so needed to buy the later version and so on the New PC , they could not restore the backup files without purchasing replacement software - or use a trial - I as a test set the trial up on a windows 7 PC and tried to backup and it failed.

just my personal opinion, I like to see the files that are backed up and be able to test the restore process and with second copy the files are all present and visible

Also you can set so that it only backs up when a file has changed
Which does mean if you do change a file a few times and want to go back to an older version on the backup you cannot - I take a full copy of the data once a week for that reason

with secondcopy
only the data files - and things like Music files and photos do not change themselves - so only get copied once as a backup

What windows version are you running - Most backup programs should be able to only backup the changes

you probably should take an image copy frequently to cover the windows system and programs

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Hello. I'm about to start over fresh with my XP and this time, I'm going to create a full backup (via the system tools and backup option) on a dvd or put the .bak file on a different hard drive, for when my system gets corrupt again, (which my registery is presently screwed) from either a virus, or missing winsock issue, that I can simply use the full recovery file for a clean start. My question...should I create the full backup after I've fully updated my windows, and after I've placed all my software onboard, such as malware bytes, spybot, avast, linksys software, adobe update....etc....or, keep it clean and just back it up after I've updated XP? Thx for the info. Plan on doing this asap. DM

A:Solved: advice as when to create full xp backup

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At home I currently have a 3 user ad-hoc wireless network consisting of 2xP2
desktops and 1xP4 laptop, all running XP Pro SP2 and connected via Belkin
USB 802.11G adaptors (although they only connect using 802.11B which I assume
is a limitation of not using a router).

IP addresses are assigned manually in the range
(subnet via network connections> properties.

The desktop that has the shared internet connection is protected by a s/w
firewall (NIS 2005).

I recently performed an on-line security check on the Symantec site (which
checked out o.k) but noticed in the results summary advice to enter an
IP address for the WINS Server and disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP in the
advanced section of the n/w connection properties to increase security.

My question is, what IP address do I enter for the WINS Server? Is it the
manually assigned IP address I am currently using and do I need to do this
on each machine or am I completely mis-understanding what is required?
Is this advice relevant to a ad-hoc network?

Any help/suggestions would be appreciated.



A:Solved: WINS Advice Needed

You don't have a WINS server at home. Leave everything as is.

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I am about to buy a UPS and have no idea what make/model to get.Many to choose from.I looked at this one and read the reviews.Any recommendations or is this one good enough?

A:Solved: Advice needed on purchasing UPS

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Im having a problem with my printer for some reason,it keeps saying communication error and I cant find the reason why,Ive gone through all the troubleshooting etc and still it wont print,even though everything appears to be normal,should this printer be showing in device manager because its not,Im sure it should be ? I havent yet tried uninstalling and re-installing,will be trying that later,need confirmation as to whether it should be showing in device manager ....any advice appreciated ...

A:Solved: Advice needed about printer

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This computer is a brand new, just out of the box Sony Vaio running Vista Home Premium.

This is not my computer. If it were I'd return it immediately. It is sluggish, quirky and slow.

I'm the tech helping to set this thing up and I've run into some problems and was hoping to get some guidance here.

I'm an XP and OS X guy, never used Vista. Before I go any further with this thing, I want to make sure that I haven't made the mistake of disabling services that need to be running.

This computer is a stand alone computer for Internet use that doesn't need a whole lot of services running. I am wanting to keep it pretty lean - because this computer is so slow.

I couldn't fit the list of disabled services in one pic, so there's two:
If I've disabled anything critical, I'd appreciate someone pointing it out and explaining it a bit.


A:Solved: Services advice needed

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So a while back I was looking at purchasing a new computer. However my financial situation has turned for the worse and I am going to have to limp along a bit longer with the one I have. I have decided that I can afford to upgrade my current machine. The computer I am using was one that someone gave me.

Current specs are as follows

CPU: AMD Phenom X4 9600 BE @ 2.3 GHz
RAM: 6 GB DDR 2 1800 MHz
GPU: Saphire Radeon HD 4550 with 512 MB
MOBO: Jetway HA06
PSU: Turbolink ATX-CW500P4, I believe this is made by Apevia/Aspire
HD: One 300 GB and one 1.5TB WD Caviar Black

I picked up an XFX Radeon HD 7870 from newegg. It dawned on me after I purchased it that my PSU might not be up the challenge. I opened the case and its looking like its definitely not going to make the cut. I read someplace that the Radeon 7XXX series needs a constant 12V 27A supply. I am trying to avoid Apevia if at all possible. I had one of their units crap out on me when it was still fairly new. I do have an old BFG tech 550W PSU in my old computer but I don't know if it works or not. The old computer won't turn on and I don't know why.

So I am looking for suggestions on a reliable and affordable PSU. The more affordable the better.

Here is the link to the PSU. I could not find the actual manufacturers website.

I was also considering upgrading the CPU. I was thinking about getting the Phenom II X4 965 BE. However it is not listed ... Read more

A:Solved: Upgrade advice needed.

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Hey guys,

Quick question for those of you who have an idea on how to possibly get this working for me ?

Up until about 3 weeks ago I could access MSN no problem atall, then all of a sudden *BOOM* I cant sign in whatsoever. I think I've tried all the most obvious remedies but to no avail so if you guys have any ideas, please, please, please give a reply !

To let you understand a little better, Im using a Netgear router in the house. THe laptop used is wireless and is also unable to sign into MSN.

Furthermore I cannot access Micro$ from FireFox however I can from AOL. Also, the help and support feature built into XP cannot connect. Here are a few screen shots:

EDIT: As Im a new memeber I cant host pics from Photobucket.

The MSN error screen is here also.

Just seems to hang on connecting.

I was also told to try this:

Click on START, then RUN, then copy and paste this command:

regsvr32 softpub.dll wintrust.dll initpki.dll dssenh.dll rsaenh.dll gpkcsp.dll sccbase.dll slbcsp.dll cryptdlg.dll

But MSN still wont sign in ??

I can however use the web-based browser version though AOL.
Any help would be brilliant, thanks !


A:Solved: MSN - Professional Advice Needed.

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I just spent close to a thousand dollars on a new laptop for my son for his high school graduation. It comes with trial programs, but no virus program. He's going off to college and will probably be downloading a lot of stuff for school. It isn't his habit to do illegal downloads, but he does surf a lot. Can someone recommend an anti-virus program? They sold me Kaspersky at the store, but I've read that it hangs etc. I don't want the huge lumbering resource sucking Norton. Is there something out there that will install and protect a new windows 7, 64 bit machine without hanging, choking or giving tons of false positives (I hear this is a problem with Avira). I don't care if it's free--I just want the best shot at protecting this kid's new laptop. (He has Nod32 on his desktop, and while I like the footprint, it has let through a bunch of viruses, some of which are 2 years or more old.) Any suggestions?

A:Solved: Antivirus Advice Needed

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I have quite a lot of Dvds recorded using .VOB files.
I would like to edit these.
What I am looking for is software that will allow me to chop bits off, merge the result and create a new, edited, Dvd.
Can anyone suggest economically priced software that will achieve this or even better free software similar to Sothink movie maker but without plastering the company logo over the finished Dvd.

A:Solved: Advice needed re DVD software

I have solved the problem by buying a second hand copy of Nero 8 which I am assured will do exactly what I want.

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My wife runs a small business from home and uses her email address. She has over the years accumulated thousands of emails all of which are stored online. She travels a lot on business and likes the convenience of being able to search and access all her saved emails from wherever in the country she happens to be located. For this reason she has resisted using a program like thunderbird or eudora to download email because she prefers to keep everything out there in the cloud. Now however BT is proving unreliable, access can be slow, her contacts list comes and goes. It seems time to move on. I use gmail and recommended it to her but we can't find a way to transfer all her stored messages so that they are filed as before but now on the gmail server.

Is there a way to do this efficiently - I don't want to spend hours going through hundreds of folders one by one!

Or is there an efficient way to use e.g. Thunderbird so that she has access to a cloud based contact list and her filed messages.

Or some other way?

A:Solved: email advice needed

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My collegue is working with an Airline Baggage Tag printer made by IER in France. We are working on a PC program sending instruction to the Bag TAg printer but he has advised me that he is having problems with checking the pec-tab!!!

Would there be any experts out there who could look over a pec-tab program for us and advise were we are falling down??? the say in my part of the world.." a Dumb Priest never got a Parish" !!



A:Solved: HELP!! PecTab advice needed

What exactly are you trying to do here?

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Buying son new laptop for graduation present. He currently has Dell Latitude D820. Wants 15 inch screen that is powerful/quick but less than 6 pounds in weight AND he is concerned about battery life. Will be using for word processing, email and web surfing, and some watching of movies. NOT using for games.

I've done all kinds of searches and read all kinds of reviews, and am stuck. The MacBook Pro battery life looks great if you are running Mac OS, but not so great running Windows. Or at least that is what I'm reading. The HP Envy sounds pretty flimsy. Maybe there is a 15 inch ThinkPad that would be good? I'm so confused now that I can't tell.

I told my son I was going to post on Tech Support Guy, and hope that someone would have an opinion/knowledge. fortunately we aren't in a hurry, except that he would LOVE to get out of the Windows Vista environment of his D820, and into Windows 7....

Thank you in advance for your help.

A:Solved: laptop advice needed please

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Hi I would like to be able to back up and see what I've saved (cloning)I feel more comfortable with this. I have asked acronis support for advice and not received any reply. I will post the question here and see if anyone has a view. Product is acronis true image home 10

Hi I need very specific advice how best to use your product in 2 important areas.
I regularly add replace and change programs on my pc.Eventually I need to reinstall xp and all basic programs such as mobo drivers graphic card drivers and all 120 updates to xp as well as sp2 sp3.This takes a very long time.So I need advice here.
Firstly If I backup to another hard drive...I think the copy/clone drive option may be the best option (please tell me if this is NOT the best option),then I should be able to reinstall xp etc from the backup.It must be bootable without errors. If there is a better way of doing this please tell me.
Secondly I want to use this pc as a games pc so will need to back up all GAMES ,programs and SETTINGS, that again can be reinstalled to a new clean hard drive when I reformat every 4 months or so. What is the best way to do this in conjunction with the first backup question?
Thanking you in advance

A:backup with acronis?

Do research on the difference between "sector" cloning and "logical" cloning. (These words may not be perfectly technically correct, but should give you a start.)

Acronis clones by sector, which means that it duplicates all the sectors in the drive, whether they have data or not, and whether that data is relevant (used by XP) or not. If a HD is 160 Gbytes, the clone is also, even if only 30 Gbytes of that drive is used.

In contrast, XX Clone (which is also freeware) uses "logical" cloning. It copies only that data which is used, so it's clone of the same 160 Gbyte drive will only have the 30 Gbytes of "used" data in it.

I have a 250 Gybte drive installed as secondary to my 80 Gbyte boot drive. Right now, I'm running off the clone because some time last week something happened to my 80 Gbyte's install data. I was back, up & running in about 20 minutes. I can't tell the difference between running off the clone and running off the original data. The only issue I had was that Daemon Tools wouldn't run properly and I had to reinstall that. Took less than 5 minutes. Other than that it is a perfect copy.

Because it's not cloning each & every sector, the clone operation takes less than 1/2 an hour, and I can do (light) computing (like surfing) while it's running in the background.

In terms of "perfect", I think it's possible. I'm still new to XX Clone. My current developmental intersests are how to ge... Read more

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When I was preparing an Acronis image backup, in addition to the usual "C" drive it also showed

SERVICEV001 Pri 4.389 GB 3.585 FS:FAT32 Partition: 0x12 (Compaq setup

I do not recall seeing this in previous Acronis Image backups.

What is it?

Should I back it up along with my "C" drive image?

A:Acronis backup - what is this?

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I finally bit the bullet and bought TIH 2011, but it doesn't detect my NAS drives.
These drives are mapped and fully functional, but are not included in the backup location choices.
What's up with that?
Win7 Home x64

A:Acronis 11 NAS backup

The solution is to "Unmap" the drives.

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I'm unable to see how to backup to DVD rather than to an external hard drive using Acronis 8.0.

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Does anyone know how to run Acronis backup? I am not having much luck.

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I am looking for software to do scheduled backups of my Win8 PC and was looking at Acronis Acronis backup software for data backup and disaster recovery solutions. . Is anyone using this on Win 8 and if so what is it like.

Should I maybe look at any other software for this

A:Acronis Backup

I am using 2013 on windows 8 and windows 8.1. I have made quite a few progressive images and, so far, have not had any problems

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Hi Guys, I have downloaded Macrium Free backup program to backup my HD to an external drive, but when I open the file to install it a message pops up from my AVG that it is Malware and not to install it, the warning calls it "The file is a Decompression Bomb" and gives me a choice to ignore or to install, what should I do?
Also I have FBackup, and when I try to use that it tells me to insert a disk, when I have told it to backup up to my external WD drive which has been partitioned for that purpose, the drive works for the other data I have on it .
Can someone please explain the differences between: Cloning a drive, Mirroring a drive, and Full backup of a drive, many thanks.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @ 3.07GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 4087 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS , 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 476837 MB, Free - 268949 MB; J: Total - 161018 MB, Free - 73302 MB; K: Total - 48461 MB, Free - 48360 MB; L: Total - 267457 MB, Free - 267349 MB;
Motherboard: ASRock, H55M-LE, ,
Antivirus: AVG Internet Security 2011, Updated and Enabled

A:Solved: Backup help needed

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AMDx2-5400 MSI K9N6PGM2-v2 2GB RAM XP Home SP3 Seagate 500GB drive failed - I have Acronis 10 Home Full Backup on separate HDD Installed new Seagate 750GB drive as C: Formatted with XP NTFS, installed basic WinXP made drive bootable. Put in D: drive with Acronis Home 10 Full Backup .tib file Attempted to recover by over-writing entire full backup on to XP system files - Acronis seems to write a few old AV files in 5-6 minutes and announces recovery complete. It took around 30-40min to make this 3GB .tib file originally. 1. can I recover to a live bootable system in this manner? 2. when I look into the .tib file it shows the complete system, program files, registry, data etc but will not recover them. ----------------------------- Why am I not on Acronis Forum? Because I registered and attempted twice, tried to login w/ two different passwords (one replacement issued by them). I think they are attempting to write some kind of permanent cookie to my FFsandbox on my spare PC and of course it does not work so I get error msg WRONG E_MAIL OR PASSWORD (yes I turned on javascript). So I'm done with Acronis. Maybe totally and literally since their backup seems to be worthless as well. I did recover all my data by freezing the dead drive and copying everything important off of it but that means about 20hrs rebuilding my system. All is not lost - just tedious reconstructing this particular system. What are these acrono-rooskies up to?

A:Acronis 10 Home Recovery Advice Please

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Who does not read this will install Windows 7 twice for having clean copy as image in ATI software.

So what happens?

- Installed win 7, installed sp1, installed drivers, installed acronis 2016, made backup (do not schedule) - done.
- Installed crap, and acronis started schedule on my backup. What a nice day, isn't it?

Stop all Acronis services in Windows 7, and just use it from f11.

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hi should i keep what i have got or should i get something better free. firewall that comes with there broadband service. antivirus that come with there broadband

A:Solved: computer security advice needed

Hi PcGuard is exclusive to Virgin.
How well it performs I do not know,Id check out Google and see if many recommend using it or say it's best to change to an independant Av and Firewall.
Let us know what you find.

Some thoughts here.
It relates to NTL who I think were taken over by Virgin some time ago.

Should you decide to change Av and Firewall.

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I've been asked to help set up a home network between a laptop and desktop for some friends but need some advice as my experience with networking is limited to my own desktop to laptop with a crossover cable.

Both machines are XP with SP2.
The desktop has Realtek RTL8139 Family PCI Fast Ethernet NIC.

The laptop has Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection and
Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC

Currently the laptop has an ADSL connection and the desktop is not connected.

I need advice about the best and way to set up a secure wireless network as the computers are at opposite ends of a fairly knew house.

I think my experience level with networking would be about 2 - 3 out 10 so I might be a bit slow on the pickup.

Thank you


A:Solved: Home network advice needed

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Hi All

I hope someone may be able to help or advise as to what I may have done to my laptop or if its done it its self!!

I have an old Dell Latitude machine in a docking station so have a CDRW/DVD dive (Matshita CDRW/DVD UJDA740) and a CD (Torsian CD-Rom CDR-u200) both of which have stopped working and on device manager show a little yellow ! mark, I have used trouble shooter and get the message "

Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)"

I have tried to update drivers, uninstall and re-install (without the disk tho) and searching for drivers online to no avail.

First to admit I am not the most technical and am probably missing something very simple to correct this, so any advice help will be greatly appreciated.



A:Solved: Help/Advice Needed Pls CD/DVD drives not working

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Hi, as you can see I'm new here and any help or advice you may have in relation to this will be greatly appreciated.

Due to letting other people use my PC I got infected with the CoolWebSearch spyware garbage. After reading a few forums and the like I got hold of CWShredder which seemed to get rid of some of the registry keys that were associated with CWS and I manually went in and deleted the other keys. Also, this version of CWS corrupted Notepad, which I have no rectified by copying over a proper version. Now, both Adaware and Spybot S&D both scan and tell me I am "clean" of CWS but, being the old cynic that I am, I am not sure that I removed all that there is to remove of this abomination. So if anyone could help by letting me know if there are other things that I need to look for, delete and any other checks I can make so I can be completely sure that CWS is gone for good off my machine. Then, please, do not hesitate to let me know (BTW I am using XP Home. Unfortunately).

Here is the current log from HijackThis:

Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\PROGRA~... Read more

A:[Solved]CoolWebSearch Removal. Help and Advice needed! Please!

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I have a broken motherboard that I would like to replace. It's an Intel D845GBV (P4 2.4 Northwood, Socket 478). I would like to find an inexpensive replacement that has onboard video and ethernet LAN.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

I understand that I need to look for a socket 478 motherboard. Yet are there other compatibility factors that I need to consider?

I would like to find a board that has the same exact configuration/layout/dimensions so it will simply fit in and replace the existing broken board. I don't want to have get a new tower or reconfigure the current one.

A:Solved: Advice Needed for Replacing Motherboard

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Could anyone have a look at this log? Any potential threat ? Thank you.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 12:33:52, on 25/08/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\AVPersonal\AVGUARD.EXE
C:\Program Files\AVPersonal\AVWUPSRV.EXE
C:\Program Files\HPQ\Notebook Utilities\HPWirelessMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Fichiers communs\Talkway\vmtalk.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Thomson\SpeedTouch USB\Dragdiag.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
C:\Program Files\AVPersonal\AVGNT.EXE
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA.EXE
C:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\comp\hptskmgr.exe
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A:Solved: HJT. Sanity check. Advice needed, please.

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Need help to see how I can get faster router speed .........on my desktop in right hand corner of screen pc says its running at 100mbs and on my wireless laptop it says 54 mbs what im asking is what do I need to buy to get laptop up to the speed of 100mbs.. the router that im using is a Netgear wireless router WGT624 its a G version also using Virgin media broadband ive heard of the new N version routers but not sure which one id need

A:Solved: Advice on faster routers needed ??`

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Hi ,

Bsicly i bought my pc a year ago which came with an image disk so i can restore the pc to factory instaltion at any time.

Baiscly I had to use this the other day and completed it with NO issues .

AFTER the instaltion I went to the microsoft website to update any xp updates the pc required as the instaltion only had updates from a year ago as it was taken fromt he image .

So basicly after installing windows genuine advantage tool ,the update allowed me to see all the relevent updates my pc needed after scanning it .

I decided to install SERVICE PACK 3 as it was smaller in size than the list undernneth which was 32 updates .

I chose to install service pack 3 as i thought it would include all updates that xp needs.

SP3 was installed NO problem so after a reeboot i decided to go to the update page again ,and basicly microsft web page told i needed another 29 updates which included things like Framework updates ,windows malious remover nov 08 ,and many others totaling at 29 .

Anyways i had thought that SP3 would have included all of those .

I did actaully also install the 29 updates after instaling SP3 ,My question is did the microsoft website make a mistake telling me i needed more updates after installing sp3 or was that supposed to work like that as in sp3 three doesnt cover all tyoes of updates like the hottfix packs ,,,,,I would really like to know and appreciate some advice ,

thanks for your time

A:Solved: Service pack 3 for xp (Advice needed) (thanks)


Service Pack 3 was released last April, so any updates after that date aren't included. You would have 29 updates in the intervening 7 months = 4 a month. I count over 40 on this computer I'm at now. So it all looks normal.

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Hi Everyone,

I have a SATA 320GB HDD that is currently formatted NTFS. I wish to temporarily format this drive to FAT32. Neither Win XP Pro or Partition Magic will allow me to do this. If I use a Win 98 boot disk to access Fdisk, will this allow me to format the ENTIRE drive in one partition to FAT32? Thanks.


A:Solved: Advice Needed Formatting FAT32

Download this:

Parted Magic

...and create a bootable CD.

It will format your drive as FAT32 if you wish.

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My internet browser (IE7) opens at fairly frequent intervals on its own accord with a note in the web address box: "Javascript: clickRefresh0". The browser does NOT open any websites.
I have undertaken a full virus scan (Panda Internet Security) but no viruses etc were found.
Operating system is XP Home Edition SP3.
How do I stop the 'Javacsript' message?

A:Solved: Advice Needed: Javascript message

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I am using xp home,the computer will not boot,all i says is CLDR is missing restart computer,I do this and it still says the same thing ...anyone had this problem and can help ?

A:Solved: Computer will not boot advice needed

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I have a 2TB in my desktop that i use for backups. I have my desktop backed up onto it and my usb drives. I am using acronis so that i can create an image backup and i am trying to save it onto the network drive.

The folder is shared using the advanced settings. When i select the network location in acronis to save the backup it asks for the password, i type in my user name for my desktop but i dont have a password set. It wont let me continue without typing a passcode in. But there is none.

Do i have to define a password to use network shares?

A:Network Backup via acronis

Quote: Originally Posted by xboxhaxorz

I have a 2TB in my desktop that i use for backups. I have my desktop backed up onto it and my usb drives. I am using acronis so that i can create an image backup and i am trying to save it onto the network drive.

The folder is shared using the advanced settings. When i select the network location in acronis to save the backup it asks for the password, i type in my user name for my desktop but i dont have a password set. It wont let me continue without typing a passcode in. But there is none.

Do i have to define a password to use network shares?

Hello xboxhaxorz

Can you tell us if you are using homegroup for networking?
It will prompt you for a password upon installation. In fact Homegroup requires a password.

You can check by opening Network and Sharing Center and looking under "view active networks". It will either say home network, or work network.

Homegroup uses IPV6 and is designed for windows 7 networks. Work Network uses IPV4 and can have mixed OS'es.

That may be the password your network share is looking for.

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Win XP Pro died while in hospital. Getting machine repaired to get back to Win XP pro. I had backed up system to a .tib file on an external drive not too long before hand so I have the backed up machine available on the external drive. I used I believe Acronis True Image Personal Edition for the back up although I'm not 100% sure since I downloaded the software and made the mistake of putting the software on the machine that died. (Won't do that again). Unfortunately, I had not registered that software with Acronis (I know, I'm learning) so I'm now in a position of (hopefully) soon having my desktop back and functioning with my backed up copy of my machine on an external drive with no way to restore it to my machine. Does anyone know where I can get a copy of Acronis True Image Personal Edition? Or am I going to have to purchase their newest edition and use it (assuming it's backward compatible). It looks as though Acronis is a couple versions passed True Image Personal Edition. Thanks for any help anyone can provide. I'm really looking forward to getting my XP Pro Machine back. I think it's one of the best OS's MS put out and I'm convinced it will be more expense and hassle to go to WIN7 and convert to XP. Educate me if you like. I'm open to thoughts. Thanks in advance.

A:Acronis Backup (Little Long)

What I like about Acronis True Image Home version 10 is that you can make a bootable recovery CD. You boot your system into Acronis and then you can recover a drive from a TLB file or back up the existing OS to a TLB file on another drive. The system you booted doesn't need Acronis installed.

I guess you didn't make that recovery CD when you installed Acronis?
Check the Acronis website. I believe you can get a 15 day trial for free. The software should be backward compatible .

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Hi folks... When running an incremental backup to an initial backup of partition large enough to require a segmented file (i.e. backup1.tib and bacup2.tib.), which file does one select to run the incremental image.? I ran one for the first file (which was 3.99GB in size) and the resultant .tib file (labled backup3.tib) was 29.4GB in size. The second original backup is 757MB in size and I'm unsure whether to run another incremental backup to that file or if running one on the first .tib file included to entire partition.

I hope I explained that OK.


A:Acronis TI incremental backup

I found the answer that you received from the Acronis support forum interesting. It stated that you can use either one I would logically pick backup1 (but who am I to say) .

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I bought an external HD yesterday, so I can make complete backups of my laptop and my desktop whenever I want to. It's a Maxtor One Touch III. It comes with its own software, which isn't all that cool, in my newbie opinion. So I'm shopping for a better software package I can install on both machines and use to go either direction to/from the Maxtor.

I've heard good things about Acronis. Are they true? Or should I keep shopping and/or look elsewhere?

2nd Q: strictly speaking, it appears from the Acronis page that to be strictly legal, I'll have to download it twice, once to each machine, and pay for 2 licenses. Right? That's ok. I just want to know the rules.

A:Acronis backup software ok?

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I'm using win7 and need to find out what my DNS servers are. I know about the cmd ipconfig/all but they aren't listed in there and they also are not listed in my routers page.

I have a backup image (acronis .tib) of xp that they were set up correctly in, but what folder would the ctrl panel and dns settings be in inside a backup?

Normally I'd just call the cable company for these, but it's not under my name and I'm the only one here for the holidays. Thanks for any help

A:dns settings from acronis backup?

DNS is usually assigned dynamically for your ISP, thus left blank. If you have a specific address for DNS that you want to use, just entered it yourself within your connection's properties.

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I've been using Acronis True Image 2010 (and 2009 before it) for backups but don't do it as frequently as I should mainly because I find it so frustrating to use. Maybe it's me, as it's a big seller, but I find it the most non-intuitive software I've ever used (and I use a lot) - everything simple seems hard and most of the terms it uses mean nothing to me.

All I want to do is a main backup, and then follow that with weekly incremental backups, but it can't even remember my selections from the previous session - or if it can, it's [email protected] hard to find. And the way it handles you doing an incremental backup is to instruct it to do a main backup using the previous main file (!!!!). What? they couldn't be bothered to have an incremental backup button?? Or is incremental backup so unusual? Whatever, it's typical of the program.

Perhaps it's meant for systems people but, whatever, I'm sick of it and want to use something (anything) else. I can't use cloud backup because many of my files are graphics, so they're very large, and I don't want be uploading massive files all the time, so it needs to be a local solution.

Anyone recommend a (simple) alternative to Acronis True Image?

A:Acronis backup alternatives?

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Though of putting this in Windows forums or Other Software, but its more of a hardware question because it deals with a strategy for a failed hard drive. Acronis Image software gives you the option to back up incrementally after making a backup, but it doesn't give you the option to write over the incrementals. In other words, if I backup the entire C drive and call it "My Backup", I can then schedule a backup that will incrementally backup only what has changed since the last backup. However, it doesn't give you the option of writing over the incremental backup so that you have only one original backup and one incremental at any one time. If you choose a daily backup, after 30 days, you'll have 30 backup files, which seems inefficient and cumbersome. Am I missing an option? What do you do to backup regularly?

A:What's your backup strategy--particularly with Acronis?

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About three months ago, my Acronis system backups did not run as scheduled, and I received the following error message:-

"Error - No such script; A91C989A - 3917 - 88BA - 242B4A967CC0"
"FAILED to PROCESS pair script : A91C989A - 3917 - 88BA - 242B4A967CC0 "

I opened a thread so that I could correct this, and received help from another member, so that I was successful in doing so. This has since occurred once more recently, and again I went through the routine to correct matters.

The problem has not returned since, fortunately, but I just wanted to know if anyone can think what causes this and whether I can do anything to prevent it recurring. All advice would be appreciated.

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Since Win 7 has a backup program, is there any reason to use Acronis True Image?

I have an older version of True Image and can upgrade to True Image 2010 at the upgrade price, but is it really necessary to do that?

A:Do you really need another backup program (Acronis)

Quote: Originally Posted by NealJ

Since Win 7 has a backup program, is there any reason to use Acronis True Image?

I have an older version of True Image and can upgrade to True Image 2010 at the upgrade price, but is it really necessary to do that?

I would and did

Acronis is more flexible, can do folders, etc
Worth the money the first time yoou use it

Ken J+

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My buddy has a machine with 4 hard drives and needs the all pretty much mirrored to a new machine. Problem is both machines are different, but are pretty much are using the same brands (gigabyte mobo, amd phenom II processor, and G. skill ram.

The main hard drive (C: of course) which contains his system files, program, and files. He wants to mirror the entire drive to a bigger drive and have it run onto another machine so when he leaves town the computer are pretty much identical.

I used the software before, but I've done this on identical machines with no problem and I'm thinking this is impossible, but I may be wrong. If I can manage to mirror this drive and work on the other machine than everything should be all good. Thanks


A:Acronis Partition Backup

Is this a Windows operating system?

If this is a Windows operating system, do both computers have product codes for the same operating system?

When this is installed on the other computer will this be replacing the operating system already installed on it?

If a hard drive is moved to a new computer, the registry entries and drivers for the mass storage controller hardware on the new motherboard are not installed in Windows for the new computer you may not be able to start Windows. This is because each chipset uses a different Plug-n-Play (PNP) ID to identify it. If you move your motherboard, your registry will have multiple PNP IDs (for the old hardware as well as the new hardware). If there are multiple entries in the registry, Windows cannot determine which hardware to initialize and therefore fails with a STOP error. I would have to assume that installing a mirrored operating system would present the same potential for this problem. I know of some who have done this and gotten away with it, and then there those that have been able to correct the problem with a repair installation of the operating system, and then there are those that have had to do a fresh installation. It's a craps shoot at best.

If these two motherboards aren't the same models, using the same drivers, you will need to install the different drivers.

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I back up my media with acronis. I have a windows 7 pc with 120gb hard drive. The only things I back up are videos and music and photos and documents, I do not back up applications or os or anything else. As I gain media, I do incremental backups. Now I have 140gb worth of backup, I think some things must be doubles.

So when you make an incremental back up and select a folder, does it backup everything in the folder again or only the things that have been modified since the last back up?

A:Acronis incremental backup

It's my understanding that "incremental" backup only backs up the new stuff. I could be wrong, but that's the way understood it. I too use Acronis, I only back up every few weeks and have'nt paid any attention to amount of space left on my drive..

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Ok I am getting annoyed..

I bought a 1TB Drive for backups

I have 600gb of Songs/Music/Documents etc,. I use the backup FILE option (not partition)

Because of the amount of data I use incremental with max compression (ends up 450-500gb).. I make it auto-consolidate after 3 increments.

Day 1 initial backup - 500gb
Day 2 incremental - 5gb
Day 3 incremental - 300gb (???)

I think because I changed the tags of a bunch of my movies it completely rebacked them up, this is very annoying because it fills up my drive.

I guess backing it up daily is a poor choice then? because if ONE SINGLE BIT changes in a file it backs up the entire file again apparently? I don't want to do a full backup daily because id rather not wear out my drive by running 500gigs a day through it.

Should I just backup once weekly? id rather do it incrementally but it basically adds 75% of my entire data anyways

A:Acronis Backup Woes

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My old version of Acronis True Image 2009 used to make one full backup and then dozens of incremental backups on my two internal backup drives. My recent hard drive crash necessitated that I "upgrade" to Acronis True Image 2016 because the Acronis 2009 boot disc didn't recognize my hard drives.

It turns out that after you defragment your hard drive (mine defrags automatically; can't remember how often), Acronis True Image Home 2016 has to make a new full backup of your hard drive. This only allowed me 8 incremental backups after the initial full backup. There is only room for one full backup on my backup hard drives. This served me well with the 2009 version, which didn't have this brand new "feature" as the tech called it.

Other things I hate about Acronis True Image Home 2016:

1. It won't let me swap out my C drive with another hard drive and continue with backups because it tags every hard drive as a separate entity. With Acronis 2009, I would occasionally restore to a new hard drive and pop it in just to make sure the images were not corrupted. I can no longer do this with Acronis 2016 because it sees the new hard drive as a new hard drive and not as drive C. If you use a new C drive, you have to erase the backup drives and start over.

2. It performed the validation tasks at 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. instead of 2:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. as specified.

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A:Acronis has gone to pot. What's the best backup software now?

Okay, the tool you were using has changed and no longer operates how you expected it to when you got it 5-6 years ago.

There's also no guarantee that any other current system imaging/backup software is going to do what you want it to either.

And the argument "It worked fine with the old one", while a legitimate bitch, isn't a legitimate argument. Again, it has been 5-6 years, the tool has changed because the underlying technology it's supposed to address has changed as well.

If you wish to continue holding large multiples of diffs, with the way the new tool works, you're probably going to have to go to a larger drive.

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Just built a new system w/a UEFI Bios. When I go to backup my C: drive (SSD) there is a Recovery Partition (NTFS), an Unamed partiton (FAT32), and the Local Disk C: (NTFS). I went ahead and backed up all three the first time, but in future should I just back up the Local Disk? Also, when I boot into Acronis Recovery to restore my C: drive, should I also check "MBR & Track 0" for recovery? Thanks.

A:Acronis Backup and UEFI

UEFI creates 3 partitions (4 or 5 in some situations). The UEFI System partition, the Microsoft System Recovery Partition (MSR), and the standard user partition. If you're restoring the whole drive, you need all three. If you're just going to restore you user files, you only need the main drive.

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HI, I backed up my server using acronis server backup and put the file onto a dvd. i had a problem with the server and had it changed for the exact same machine with new hard disks, which are SAS. i boot with the server software and can copy the backup onto the hard disk. but when i reboot i get the error message :

cannot access boot hard disk. check your hard disk configuration.

One of the tech support people we deal with said to setup the RAID configuration first and then copy the backup across, but this does not work either.

If anyone has any ideas i would be most grateful, otherwise i am going to have to start from scratch.


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Ask for help,
My computer has a problem with Acronis Backup software. When I tried backing up my hard drive, after running at 50%, "backup failed" error message appears, "job failed", can not read sector xxxxxx, failed in the i / o or R / W. Why does this failure happen?, What should I do?, Where is my computer error?, Please help for a problem that I face!. Thank you in advance.

A:Acronis Backup Error

Are you running Acronis from within Windows or off of a DVD (ie: boot from the DVD)?

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I don't know if this is the right place for this place for this question but here goes.

I want to make a backup copy of the 3 laptops in my home and I need to calculate
the number of CD's I will need to do it.

Other than manualy, does anyone know of a calculator that I can use do this.


A:Solved: Number of CD's needed for a backup

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I have a one person office I rent from a company. The company has a network and a server. They have tight security so I can't plug anything into the network other than my workstation.

I have about 50GB of files on their server (they partitioned me some space and assigned me a network drive letter of H ) and another 50GB of files on my C: hard drive.

I need to back up this data to a local NAS drive and keep the backup current. I suppose all I can use is USB 2.0 for that unless there's some faster way... maybe put a card in my workstation or something.

Right now I have XP Pro SP3 but will be migrating to Windows 7 pro in a few months.

Ideally, I would like a NAS drive that has autobackup built in and can backup the data on both drives and keep it current rather than having to use Windows backup or install a stand alone software backup program.

LEO! LEO'S FRIENDS! HELP! I know you guys are really really smart. Is there a great solution that meets these requirements?

Thank you so much.

A:Solved: NAS Backup Solution Help Needed


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Hello Friends!

I need a backing up software which supports scheduling. I want something in which I can add some files and folders to the backup schedule task and every time I double click its icon or it reaches its schedule time, every file or folder mentioned in the backup list gets automatically backed up at the specified location. Compressed and encrypted backup would be even better.

I hope I am able to explain what exactly I need. Please help me in this. I dont mind a paid software also.

Thank you.

A:Solved: Backup Software Needed...

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I plan to get an external hard drive (TOSHIBA PX1223EE-1G32, 320GB ).

What I want to do is to use Acronis True Image 9 to clone both my desktop and my laptop to the external drive, and then to do regular backups of the data on the desktop and the laptop, also on the external drive.

The external drive will be plenty big enough, but is it possible to have all this data living together happily and useably, in case of need?


A:Solved: External Hard Drive Backup - Advice required

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i backed up my computer with acronis and got it repaired and then when it came back it was in factory state so i installed acronis on it and then wen i click restore after it started restoring it said can't read something..... so i clicked ignore then another one came and then after it said archive is corrupted. now i am stuck with like totally nothing. does anyone with experience from using acronis, know what to do?

p.s it's acronis true image v.11

A:Acronis Help Needed

How did you do the backup, and onto what media?

In other words, did you make an image of the drive, image of one partition, backup to a hidden partition, image to a DVD?

Have you made a bootable Acronis recovery disk?

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I just completed cleaning my PC with GREAT help from a member. I need a Firewall, AntiVirus and AntiSpyware and I'm confused about what to use. I've looked at Kaspersky 2010 Security but I'm not sure it offers all three (and their chat help takes FOREVER to get thru... I gave up!) Any suggestions?

A:Solved: Just Cleaned System... Software advice needed

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I was upgrading the firmware on my WRT54G2 Linksys router and all was going well until it hit the "Upgrade" button. I got an error (that's all, it just said error) that lasted maybe two seconds then it went away and started the upgrade. Now it only goes about 75% of the way and starts all over again. It does this about every 2 minutes and has been for several hours.

It says "do NOT interrupt the upgrade". So I guess my question now is what happens if you do and is there any way to minimize the damage.

Advice needed fast.

A:Solved: Linksys router advice needed FAST!

It finally finished but it took almost 4 hours (and I have a fast computer). Took several reboots to get the settings restored but for the moment it seems OK.

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I used to use bootmagic for many years for a dual boot xp system.
I liked the way it would hide the other inactive OS and keep each OS as the C: drive.
I built a new system using ahci sata Ntfs partitions and [even creating a fat partition for bootmagic to use] I had major problems getting BM to work.

Instead I used the XP built in boot manager for my dual boot. However this is not good as both OS partitions are visible in XP with different drive letters and the possibilty of screwing up the 'other' OS is too great.

This is my boot.ini from the c: drive.

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Music" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Internet" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

I have now discovered a free boot manager called GAG which beaves just like Bootmagic [but no Fat partition necessary] and I want to use it for my existing 2 XP OS.

I setup GAG to boot into either OS.
However, on the first boot option [which should just boot into the 1st OS] both OS come up in the usual XP bootlist.
The second boot option says ntldr is missing.
Now I know the Microsoft way of dual boot is different to the BM & GAG way.

What do I have to change to use my existing 2 OS partitions in the traditional seperate Bootmagic & GAG way ?

[I assume I have to delete from the boot.ini in the 'c: partition OS... Read more

A:Solved: XP built in boot manager - advice needed..

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Hi Everyone,

I've just added a new HDD and want to change the drive letters of existing drives. I have only one DVD/CD drive so I assigned it the letter Z to get it out of the way. So far so good DVD/CD drive works as it should.
The new SATA drive I assigned the letter G: and it's working as it should.
I then copied the files from another drive D: to the new drive G: and they are all readable.
I then changed the drive letter of my D: drive (the one I just copied the files from) to W:, the idea here being that I want to change the drive letter of the new SATA drive from G: back to D: which I now presumed would be vacant. Wrong !!!!! For some reason, the drive letter D: is not available as a choice when I try to change G:.

Any solutions would be appreciated. Thanks.


A:Solved: Advice Needed Changing Drive Letters

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I've got True Image 10 Home and it won't write to DVD to save it's life. I want to use the recovery CD to take a cold image of the Vista partition on my machine. Everything seems to start to run and then about 5 minutes into the backup all DVD write and hard disk activity grinds to a halt.

I'm in the ridiculous situation where I have to choose another partition for the destination for the image, asking the backup to create DVD sized chunks of data. This results in a series of files that I burn to DVD.

When using the Vista built-in burn it reports the files are too big to fit on a DVD. I have to use a 3rd party tool to accomplish the burning process.

Has anyone seen this problem with True Image 10? Has anyone even tried it? Nothing on the True Image support site. I logged a tech support call and despite several follow-ups no response.


A:Acronis True Image DVD backup

Hi PhilMo,

Welcome to TSG!

The Official Acronis True Image Support Forum is here where there are lots of users who might have seen this problem.

-- Tom

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I've been using Acronis True Image for a few years now and have always just used the full backup option. I'm running version 10 currently and saw an option to backup "Applications" which look interesting. I like to keep my system running clean, so I always install with the custom option for programs and ucheck everything that I feel is bloat for my system. I've haven't installed any games on my PC because it causes the True Image Backup to increase several GBs, so I usually uninstall any games from my machine before I do a backup - the games are around 10GB these days.

So this gets me to the "backup Applications" option....

I clicked on it and up came a dialog window with all these categories. It had some programs that I had installed and tone of programs that I don't or even heard of.... AND... the Application that I wanted to backup, 3D Studio MAX was in the list, but could NOT be checked to be backed up. Any ideas what this is all about? I'd like to backup a program or game that takes up a lot of space, then uninstall it, make a full backup and if I decide, restore that program or game whenever I want to so I can keep the True Image Backup file from getting huge.


A:Acronis Version 10 - Backup Applications

You really should explore the backup options that Acronis has to offer. Making full backups is not only time- and resource-intensive, but because they are so large, you most likely have fewer of them (or one) and make them less frequently. File backups are unneeded if you make frequent enough images because all your files are in the images and can be recovered by mounting the images as drives. A good image obviates the need for any other type of backup, including files and applications. Competition among companies has caused them to add additional options for backups that are not necessarily useful, efficient, or wise.

Incremental backups, for example, record only changes since the last full. They can be considerably smaller than a full (if you are reasonable about defragging and don't do it very often, since it is a waste of time and inefficient if done too often on NTFS volumes--Acronis sees defragged drives as "new" and the incrementals become almost as large as the originals).

Another choice is the differential which requires only the original full and the last file to recover the system. Though you don't get the multiple dates to choose from when recovering, they need less space.

I make incrementals twice a week on schedule so that I don't even notice they are being made. Old ones are deleted automatically and newer ones "consolidated". That way, I always have about a week's backups to choose from if recovery is needed.

Some ap... Read more

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Acronis Backup and Security 2010

Quote: Originally Posted by

We are pleased to announce our first Beta release of a brand new product offering, Acronis? Backup and Security 2010. This product bundles Acronis True Image Home 2010, the recently announced Acronis Online Backup and a brand new product - Acronis Internet Security 2010. Together they form the most complete PC protection product on the market, combining full-featured, high-performance Internet security capabilities with both local and online backup and recovery.

more: Hard disk drive backup and system recovery tools allow you to instantly restore the entire machine

I don't understand what is the point. Why they need creating AV now...

For those who don't know yet.

It's a new security suite by well known back-up software Acronis.

Acronis Backup and Security 2010:

Acronis Backup & Security 2010 is the first home PC protection solution to protect you from both internal threats causing data loss and external threats which can lead to security vulnerabilities. It combines three essential elements into one product:
Internet security (full protection from external viruses, spam and malware).
Local backup (back up and recover any and all of your data very quickly using our patented, award-winning, disk-imaging technology)
Online backup (keep... Read more

A:Acronis Backup and Security 2010

I've always like Acronis for backup myself.

By the same token, I really don't get this.
You would think they would be better off to specializing in backup rather than trying to do it all.

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I would like to reinstall Win 8 on my ASRock UEFI motherboard in the UEFI mode. I have Win 7 OEM and the downloaded Win 8 Pro upgrade. I have the Win 8 Pro upgrade burned to an ISO disc. I also have the hard drive backed up to Acronis 2013 and have an Acronis WinPE rescue disc to boot with to restore.

Several questions. (1) If I convert to UEFI and format the drive to GPT, will Acronis restore to the GPT (from MBR)?
(2) If Acronis won't restore, will converting to UEFI/GPT affect installing or activating the Win 7 OEM and/or the Win 8 Pro upgrade (I assume I'll have to install Win 7 and then upgrade to Win 8).
(3) Will a UEFI system read other hard drives that are MBR formatted?


A:Reinstall Win 8 in UEFI and Acronis Backup

I would go here: to the Acronis True Image 2013 forum. Just look for pertinent threads. Acronis can be tricky given the things your are interested in knowing about. I read about them earlier, but now have forgotten most. Just look for threads that seem related to what you want to know; they should be easy to find.

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I will be upgrading to W7 next month so I have a question about backups.

I have never used anything but the normal procedure for making backups
and I accidently ran across this Acronis True Image 2010. I went to their
website and read about it and it comes with a price of $50.

They were not very specific on what type of external storage is needed so
that is my question to the group.

I will most likely only use this True Image + ??? external storage 1 or 2
times so does the cost of both items justify the usage.


A:Backup with Acronis True Image

In Acronis, you can use whatever storage you want, external or external, as long as it has sufficient space. If you're only going to use it once or twice, you may want to consider using a free program, like this.

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