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I broke my backup drive the other day so I bought a Samsung f3 1tb drive but now my western digital acronis will not clone the drive for some reason.

Any suggestions on what I can get that will clone the drive? I also want something that will do once a week auto backups to my new drive as well.

also my first hdd is the 640 caviar black so I have some extra space on the 1tb. Should I partition the 1tb to the same size as the 640 for imaging and backup and use the rest for extra storage or just leave on partition and partition the 1tb down the road?
Edited by ckybam3 - 1/21/11 at 3:35pm
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You need to have at least one WDC drive in place for the WDC version of Acronis to work. I have no problems running the WDC version off of a Samsung OS drive with a combination of WDC, Hitachi, Samsung, and Seagate drives on the same system. I can clone, backup, restore, etc. from and to any of the drives on the system with it. I can't understand why it isn't working for you.
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You need to have at least one WDC drive in place for the WDC version of Acronis to work. I have no problems running the WDC version off of a Samsung OS drive with a combination of WDC, Hitachi, Samsung, and Seagate drives on the same system. I can clone, backup, restore, etc. from and to any of the drives on the system with it. I can't understand why it isn't working for you.
I got the caviar black as my os and I want to backup to the samsung. It wont work for some reason. Will try again

It says it detects a non acceptable drive and fails to load. Would me using guid be a problem?
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I got the caviar black as my os and I want to backup to the samsung. It wont work for some reason. Will try again

It says it detects a non acceptable drive and fails to load. Would me using guid be a problem?
That's the problem. http://kb.acronis.com/content/2974

I haven't used GUID (GPT) so I have no idea what does work with them.

Paragon has a free Backup app that works with GUID. I haven't used this one, but I have used an older version before that worked okay.
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clonezilla is what i use, never had any issues with it at all, use it at home, work, and school

http://clonezilla.org/
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clonezilla is what i use, never had any issues with it at all, use it at home, work, and school

http://clonezilla.org/
nice idea if he has a linux computer lying around that has enough free space for the image backup.....

I use clonezilla at my school. We have a master image of each lab needed stored on a linux server that is based on a 1tb drive. Clonezilla is made for larger usage than 1/1, more like 1/+++++++ up to 253. Works great for restoring a student lab back to default during the winter break.
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clonezilla is what i use, never had any issues with it at all, use it at home, work, and school

http://clonezilla.org/
And how do you set it up to perform a weekly backup automatically?
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And how do you set it up to perform a weekly backup automatically?
It's not meant to do that. It's based off of DRBL(diskless remote boot in linux). It's so you could have a lab of computers with only network boot and they could boot into virutally any OS as long as you had an image on that server. Clonezilla is included in DRBL to deploy massive clones to a lab as I described earlier. It's not a back up service that would automatically do anything. You could just make a clone each week, but you'd need to have enough space to store each backup(it wouldn't be incremental, just a new image each time), and you would need to make sure you have a fast enough network connection so it wouldn't take a year.
post #9 of 18
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I am actually using free paragon version as we speak. I was hoping to make a exact clone of my partitions but not sure that works. Making an archived backup now.

Any1 use this program before? need to know how to setup weekly/biweekly backups
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It's not meant to do that.
I know, that's why I said that. One of the requirements the OP stated was to be able to do it though.

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I am actually using free paragon version as we speak. I was hoping to make a exact clone of my partitions but not sure that works. Making an archived backup now.

Any1 use this program before? need to know how to setup weekly/biweekly backups
Did you read the manual for it?

http://www.paragon-software.com/home...ad_manual.html
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