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My dell vostro 3550 laptop's 500GB toshiba drive is giving me lots of freeze ups and could completely die at any time (has an error of 2 reallocated sectors) and I'm seriously thinking of just popping down to the local pcworld shop today and getting a 500GB scorpio blue. http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/western-digital-internal-2-5-sata-hard-drive-500gb-09809581-pdt.html

Then removing the old toshiba drive and installing the scorpio, and using acronis to restore my complete drive and partition backup I made the other day.

But a buyer on reevoo for the scorpio drive I can buy today says he had problems cloning and recovering with the drive because it's advanced format. He says he received WDBABC5000ANC-ERSN although my research tells me he must have meant WDBABC5000ANC-NRSN as there doesn't seem to be one with 'ERSN'.

He says "Spent 2 days trying to replace my old laptop hdd drive with this one - cloning and recovery discs did not work due to me being unaware of AF format. The box does not mention AF neither does the leaflet inside. There is a tiny sticker mentioning AF amongst other things actually on the drive which I had missed. In the end I had to do a fresh install using a trial retail copy of Windows 7 found online and inputting my oem product key. I found I then had to download "Intel Rapid Storage Technology" as things like Windows live essentials / windows updater / drivers would not work until so, due to the AF. So check if an AF drive is suitable for your device before buying!! "


So my question is, what's the deal with AF, will I not be able to do an acronis restore with an AF drive?
I absolutely need to be able to as the backup I made has the factory restore recovery partition in the event I ever need to use it.

Also, what's the difference between theWDBABC5000ANC-NRSN and this one http://www.scan.co.uk/products/500gb-western-digital-wd5000bpvt-scorpio-blue-25-hdd-95-mm-sata-ii-3gb-s-5400rpm-8mb-cache-12ms
Edited by Roman5 - 12/1/12 at 6:05am
    
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What I think happened to the other user. Was, his computer was originally formatted in FAT16/32. But the new drives are coming formatted in NTFS. Which is why it may have cause issues for him. Especially if it was in FAT16.
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Use a more competent backup/cloning tool.

http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm

Acronis has fallen behind. Cloning with EaseUS is trivially simple. Start it up and click "Clone Disk Drive" - pick the old and new drive (this assumes you have it plugged in, such as with a SATA USB dock), then wait for it to complete. Shutdown and swap out drives... done. thumb.gif

If given a choice to "Optimize for SSD", do that. That makes it fully compatible with AF drives, by lining up partitions to ~1MB boundaries.
     
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Use a more competent backup/cloning tool.
http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm
Acronis has fallen behind. Cloning with EaseUS is trivially simple. Start it up and click "Clone Disk Drive" - pick the old and new drive (this assumes you have it plugged in, such as with a SATA USB dock), then wait for it to complete. Shutdown and swap out drives... done. thumb.gif
If given a choice to "Optimize for SSD", do that. That makes it fully compatible with AF drives, by lining up partitions to ~1MB boundaries.

Interesting kramy. Might be worth a try, I only just learned how to use Acronis, but maybe EaseUS is even quicker.
    
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Interesting kramy. Might be worth a try, I only just learned how to use Acronis, but maybe EaseUS is even quicker.
I don't know about it being "quicker", but it is trivially simple and actually works without any complications.
     
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Interesting kramy. Might be worth a try, I only just learned how to use Acronis, but maybe EaseUS is even quicker.
I don't know about it being "quicker", but it is trivially simple and actually works without any complications.
With Acronis True Image 2013 I never have any complications and it is trivially simple for me too! biggrin.gif
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