Acronis True Image - is external drive big enough?

  Pineman100 19:09 21 Nov 2006

I have a 57GB external USB hard drive that I use for backups.

I am considering buying Acronis True Image to back up and ghost my entire system, which currently occupies 27GB of my C drive.

I'm not sure whether my external drive will be large enough to take full advantage of True Image. Can anyone please advise me?

  mattyc_92 19:28 21 Nov 2006

You should be OK.....

I have two hard-discs (both at 160GB). The main one is partitioned into smaller drives. In total, I have used around 40-50GB, and Acronis True Image seems to compress that into 15GB archives.

  Trackrat 19:28 21 Nov 2006

I use True Image, and you can compress the back up as much as you want.
I generally do a full backup every Sunday then delete the previous weeks back up.

So if you are doing a backup with no compression you can get two backups on your external drive.

  Pine Man 19:33 21 Nov 2006

My C drive contains 22GB and the default TI9 .tib file back up is about 15GB.

  mattyc_92 19:42 21 Nov 2006

I guess most of my files are uncompressed files then to have the same backup size as Pine Man

  Technotiger 19:46 21 Nov 2006

Yes - you have plenty of room to do your backup. I have just backed up a large HD with 56Gb of used space - backed up to an external hd, the backup took 39Gb. Using Acronis TI 10.


  Confab 19:57 21 Nov 2006

Agree with the above but files types like mp3, avi, mpeg and zip don't compress very well so if you have a lot of these then your backup will be close to 27mb

  Pineman100 09:59 22 Nov 2006

for your thoughts on this.

I have a lot of jpegs on my HDD. If I do a True Image compressed backup, and then later restore from this, will the quality of my jpegs have deteriorated? Or am I talking about two different types of compression?

  Technotiger 10:02 22 Nov 2006

According to Acronis, everything will be exactly as was before the backup, with no loss of quality.


  Confab 12:36 22 Nov 2006

You can download the User Guide fromclick here

It might help.

  freaky 19:18 22 Nov 2006

As long as your current HD contains less MB's of data than the capacity of the destination drive, then you will have no problem. You could even do a Clone of your HD.

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