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How Can I Partition My HDD Before I Install Acronis True Image Home 2010?

By highbids ยท 13 replies
Feb 20, 2010
  1. I've got Windows XP Pro SP 3 with a new XP install on it.

    I'd like to partition my WD 120MB HD before I install
    Acronis True Image Home 2010

    Can I do this with out any problems later on with true image
    if so whats the best way to do it & the software I need & should
    I make NTFS or fat32 for a format.
  2. hughva

    hughva TS Rookie Posts: 53

  3. Flannelwarrior

    Flannelwarrior TS Rookie Posts: 131

    Download gparted
    Burn the .iso onto CD
    select boot from CD in BIOS
    Boot from CD and use the utility to partition
  4. highbids

    highbids TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    I want to partition it to store incremental backups that Acronis True Image Home 2010
    will be making.

    Right now I have xp on a 120MB WD HD & was told to install Acronis first & then
    partition the HD after I burn a image rescue disk.

    After the first rescue disk is created with the image I plan on using the new partition
    to add incremental backups from time to time.
  5. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,430   +185

    Oh no! That would be a mistake! And nothing to do with Acronis but you need to store your backups on physically separate backup media (like a physically different HD). Otherwise, if your one HD crashes (is physically damaged) you can lose your system AND all the stuff you;ve backed up!
  6. highbids

    highbids TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Your right about that I've got a extra hard drive & I think I should install it
    and make it a slave drive & store the increamential backups there.

    Can I do this with Acronis True Image Home 2010 should I first make a bootable
    cd rescue disk & & then can I make another image like what's on the cd rescue
    disk but put it on the slave drive & just make incremential backups.
  7. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,430   +185

    Understand, the rescue CD is just a bootable version of the Acronis True Image program. So if your computer can't boot into windows you can instead boot from CD. So not sure why you'd want/need a copy of the CD image on a hard drive

    So also understand the rescue CD just provides you bootable software (i.e. Acronis True Image). It makes no difference how your drives are partitioned at the time you create your rescue CD
  8. highbids

    highbids TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    So it's basicly just copy of my windows running on my cd-rom.

    I'm installing a second hard drive instead of partitioning the master

    Is there anyway to make incremential backups of my system from time
    to time & if there's a problem windows will be completly installed to
    that date instead of it just running off the cd-rom.
  9. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,430   +185

    No. It's actually just the program Acronis True Image designed to boot from CD and run by itself (i.e. it doesn't need or use Windows to run by itself when booted from CD)

    When you run your Acronis backup select to backup My Computer and choose the partitions to backup (which would include your C: partition which includes Windows on that partition). Or you can simply tell Acronis to backup the entire hard drive (which then includes all partition on the disk)

    Acronis then backs up everything on each partition as an "image". Meaning if you want to restore, you can simply select the C: partition and restore the C: partition exactly (including Windows) meaning your entire partition is restore exactly as at the time of the backup.

    Also incremental backups are "incremental" changes since the last backup. So the first time you do "incremental" Acronis will actually create a full complete backup and then incremental. I think this will all be clearer once you actually run Acronis and you'll see its prompts.

    /* edit */
    In re-reading your statement above, i'll guess the reason someone suggested creating Acronis rescue CD first was in the off chance that re-partitioning might corrupt the drive. This way you're guaranteed to have the rescue CD already made. That would make sense
  10. highbids

    highbids TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Thanks for the response it was quit good I'll follow your directions
    it sounds the best.
  11. ntoren

    ntoren TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Space required for a mirror image backup?

    I am considering using a 2 year old Western Digital external HD, 250 GB size, USB connection, as a place to store mirror image backups from 3 different computers. Any reason not to? HD too old to be repartitioned/reformatted? I plan on using Macrium Reflect software on all three computers (two Vista desktops and one Windows 7 laptop).

    Is a mirror image backup around the same size as the data stored on the computer? Might be helpful to know as I determine the size of the partitions.

    Many thanks for continued help.
  12. ntoren

    ntoren TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Further question or two:

    1. If I'm writing mirror image backups from three computers to one HDD I assume I'd need to partition the drive into three partitions?

    2. And every month or so when I want to wipe those out and rewrite the mirror images, what's the best way to "erase" the old ones?
  13. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,430   +185

    i've never used Macrium Reflect software but i'll assume it's similar to other products in that you don't need repartition your backup drives. Backup images are simply stored as one or more files in a folder. So you can keep all the different backups on a single partition.

    Also, the size of the image is usually smaller the the original disk capacity for two reasons (but again will vary by backup product)
    > The backup uses compression to save the data in a smaller space
    > Some products (e.g. Acronis True Image but don't know Macrium Reflect) give you the option when creating an image backup
    Sector-by-sector backup - backs up every physical sector on your HD. This process is very slow and requires lots of space to image every physical sector on your HD (whether it's currently allocated for use or not)
    "Not" sector-by-sector - Will only backup allocated sectors (not unallocated sectors) and won't backup things not required for a restore (e.g. no need to backup your pagefile)

    IMHO The sector by sector method is only really required when you worry about HD corruption and whether your disk has data you need on unallocated sectors (e.g. imaging a drive when you fear it might already be faulty)

    If you believe your HD is fine and has a good filesystem the smarter, quicker, smaller "not" sector by sector method works quite well
  14. ntoren

    ntoren TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Great advice, thank you.
    Further question regarding a new Seagate external HDD I just opened and used: Seagate's backup software appeared to perform fine but the log reports ERROR on 43 files. Most of them are in the APPData folder and I am just wondering if this is something to be concerned about or are those things that I wouldn't need in a restore. FYI, this HDD is being used for "normal" backing up not mirror image copies.
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