Another Acronis question for Acronis users!

  hiwatt 22:06 16 Feb 2013

Hi folks,after reading an acronis thread it got me thinking? I've done a few acronis back ups for emergencies(although I hope I never need to use them)but if I do does the image restore the windows OS too?Ie I did a full back up of my C drive.If something happened to my windows OS would the acronis image restore the OS?If so does that mean if my drive failed I could just mount the image to a new drive and that would install windows on it too?

  lotvic 23:05 16 Feb 2013

I think you maybe mixed up the 'mount' part. 'mount' does not mean 'restore'.

A full backup.tib of C: will contain all the files - OS, programs and your personal documents - an exact copy of everything as it was on the date you made the full backup.tib, all compressed into an image file.

In the case of a hard drive failure. If you had taken a full backup of C: and it made a .tib file you restore to a new drive by booting from the Acronis boot dvd/cd. You need to have the other hard drive with the .tib on it attached and switched on and you need the Acronis boot dvd/cd in the tray before you start up the pc. Then you follow the on screen prompts. (you may have to alter the boot order in bios setup)

When you have finished and reboot the pc (don't forget to remove the dvd/cd or it will boot back into Acronis - but you can always choose the 'boot into windows' option on the menu if you forgot) the new drive becomes C: and you are up and running (all files will be what your original C: was on the date you made the .tib file)

Although it also depends on your OS, if you have W7 with the separate 100mb boot system reserved partition you would need that as well as C:

If you want to restore the C: on your present hard drive then you have a choice of booting from the Acronis boot dvd/cd or starting Acronis from within Windows.

What partitions have you got on your pc?

I find it handy to have another spare hard drive to which I have restored a backup .tib then in case of problems I can just swap the hard drives over and be back in business in a few minutes. It is also a handy way of checking the backup .tib works okay. I could clone instead of restoring but the way I do it I still have a spare hard drive that I can if need be delete contents and use for something else with the knowledge that I have a backup.tib that works. (note to self, could do with another hard drive come next birthday..)

Having said that, I don't keep all of my personal documents on C: I have another 2 internal drives and an external for those files.

  hiwatt 09:18 17 Feb 2013

I understood that Lovtic.I have two external drives(no spare internal)that I have my .tib files on(I've never tried them but made a couple)The only thing I wasn't sure of was that if my C:drive went kaput and took my OS with it then would I be able to load windows on to a new internal drive from the acronis back up file?Would you have to enter your windows key to validate it if it was on a new drive?

  Secret-Squirrel 09:33 17 Feb 2013

"I did a full back up of my C drive...............The only thing I wasn't sure of was that if my C:drive went kaput and took my OS with it then would I be able to load windows on to a new internal drive from the acronis back up file?..."

The short answer is "yes". Because you've done a full backup, when you restore it onto a new drive it'll put your C: drive back to exactly how it was when the image was created.

If you need to install a new drive it won't trigger a reactivation of Windows so you needn't worry about that either.

  hiwatt 10:25 17 Feb 2013

Great!Thanks folks.

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