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I'm just full of questions today.

Didn't know where else to post this, so here goes.

Downloaded the free trial of Acronis Home 2011 and just made a backup. However, the amount of storage used on my backup is 100GB. The amount of data on my C: drive is ~152GB. Why is there a difference between the two numbers?

Also, is there a way to make a bare metal backup with Acronis?

Also also, how do I know that a backup worked. I don't trust anything I depend on, so is there a way to test the backup without going through the whole restoring process?

THANKS!
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post #2 of 8
By default it uses some compression IIRC, in the past I've set to not compress. You can validate backups when they're created or at any time. Whats a bare-metal backup?
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Acronis lets you backup a disk or partition image, and files as possible options. You can restore the image to an empty drive.
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I think i'll redo the backup without compression. Space isn't an issue.

Also, I am using the trial version, but before I buy I want to know if it is worth the $25? I've read some pretty bad reviews about it.
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If you have a WD installed, not in a RAID array (the program needs to be able to see that it's a WD drive - or just plug in a portable WD drive), you can DL the 'WD edition' of Acronis from WD for free. I use it for backups, cloning, etc and it works great. Not sure if the free edition will align SSD's or have any fancier features, but it works for the price

If you're just backing up the one machine to a dedicated drive, you can either make a backup image or clone the drive. If you clone it, then just swap it out to see if it worked
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I do have WD drives, but they are in RAID 0. How would RAID 0 (which is supported) give me problems with installing the free edition?

I also backup my laptop using this computer. I was thinking about making a 1TB partition (it's a 2TB drive) so that I can make clones solely for my OS drives then use the rest for backing up my laptop drives.

I might try to do a clone once this validation finishes (46842 days and change remaining ).
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Depends on your RAID setup (take this with a grain of salt - I've only seen this on 1 RAID1'd build I've done for someone else)... If you're using a hardware RAID, Windows (or other OS?) only sees the array and not the drives. I am not sure how it does it, but the WD ed must see a WD drive connected to the computer before it will run.

On my buddies RAID1 build using WD drives, I was just trying to make him a backup image of the freshly installed and activated OS, and to do it, I had to plug in my portable drive that contains a WD drive. Didn't have to use it in the process, just needed to have it connected.

I have yet to figure out how to clone to or from just a single partition, so cloning doesn't work for backing up multiple computers on a single drive - as far as I've found anyway... I'd love to figure out if it is possible. You can backup and restore individual partitions though, so that is what I do.
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I'll try it just to see, but I don't like Acronis anymore. I'm having issues like crazy, and looking online for support, I see that the bugs I am getting are ones that Acronis has acknowledged for over a year.

So, I will probably switch to Paragon which is $50, has a student discount, and has ... USA BASED SUPPORT!!!

Off topic, but when I called them to ask the difference between two of their products and I heard an American voice, I told them that I would buy the product only because they have American support. But in all seriousness, their support was really good. Instead of trying to get me to buy their expensive "special" version, they recommended their lower end (and cheaper) version that would fit the bill perfectly.
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