hi, just had a go at backing up my laptop with Acronis true image ver8, I have backed it up onto a external drive, when i check the drive afterwards, it is in two parts, one part is 2.55gb and the other 3.99gb, when i checked the laptop the amount of space used is 11.5gb, anyone any idea what is happening.. thanks
Yes it's how you chose to setup true Image. You set it up to do backups so that it only backs up new not full each time. This makes for faster backup, But is only some good while the Drive keeps working where if you created Image files to another disc, then this can be loaded to anther drive on the same computer even if the drive pacs up
Usually a good idea to use the secure zone, this makes a partition an isolates it from windows. First backup should be a "full" backup and then you can add incremental backups which append to the full. If you want to delete your backups and start again all you need do is remove the secure zone and create another and away you go again. You need to create a boot disc to use the restore, there is an option to use the boot manager(F11) but this will probably corrupt the boot menu. The boot disc works very well.
ACOLYTE; Norton's Ghost is a different product. I have Powerquest Drive Image 7; the company and product features have been bought over by Symantec and incorporated into later versions of Ghost.
I have just bought Acronis TI 9 for its separate file/folder backup in addition to complete drive imaging capability. Ghost, being is more expensive drove my choice! Plus various reviews about Acronis TI 9.