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[Offer Now Ended] Acronis True Image for FREE
« on: October 09, 2006, 07:12:18 PM »
http://www.acronis.com/mag/vnu-ati7

Version is old but nice to have! :D


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Edit byCarol Haynes :

Note that as of 5th January 2008 this offer no longer seems to be available

« Last Edit: January 05, 2008, 04:25:00 AM by Carol Haynes »

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Re: Acronis True Image for FREE
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2006, 07:15:42 PM »
excellent! nice find AdIyhc  :up:

can anyone find the list of changes since then?
« Last Edit: October 09, 2006, 07:20:22 PM by mouser »

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Re: Acronis True Image for FREE
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2006, 07:28:28 PM »
WOW  :o

I have version 9 and swear by it. Well, actually I swore before I bought it. That was kind of the reason why I bought it.  If you catch my drift. :-[

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Re: Acronis True Image for FREE
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2006, 07:31:14 PM »
WOW  :o

I have version 9 and swear by it. Well, actually I swore before I bought it. That was kind of the reason why I bought it.  If you catch my drift. :-[

Hi tinjaw, can you post the changelog from 7.0 to 9.0? It seems like only registered customers can view changelogs. :(

Thanks.

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Re: Acronis True Image for FREE
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2006, 07:44:23 PM »
I can't find any such info on their site.

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Re: Acronis True Image for FREE
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2006, 12:29:11 AM »
After you go through the registration process it leads to the 7.0 Version
There site is has a membership type system that keeps your Serial Numbers,Upgrade history,etc.


As far as change logs all is it says is "better hardware support".   

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Re: Acronis True Image for FREE
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2006, 01:28:28 AM »
btw, where is the download link? i only receive the registration number via email then it takes to the trial download page..

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Re: Acronis True Image for FREE
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2006, 01:38:23 AM »
I use V7 for a long time now without any problems. AFAIK v9 has better hardware support and also the ability to backup/restore selected folders.

I tested v9 some time ago and the backups were faster and the target file smaller than in v7, but V7 works very reliable for me and does everything I need. I stay with v7 because it works :)
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Re: Acronis True Image for FREE
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2006, 02:07:15 AM »
btw, where is the download link? i only receive the registration number via email then it takes to the trial download page..
where theres no v7 on offer ...
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Re: Acronis True Image for FREE
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2006, 02:16:36 AM »
A search on Personal Computer World homepage gave this post on the forums:

http://forum.vnunet....=657585&tstart=0

Which lead to this download page:

http://www.computera...onistrueimage7/index

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Exclusive Computeractive Download Offer -TEMPORARILY WITHDRAWN

Due to widespread exposure of this free Computeractive download within public forums outside of the Computeractive readership, unfortunately we had been forced to temporarily withdraw this promotion due to a) the overwhelming demand placed on our server and b) that this is a closed download for Computeractive readers only.

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Re: Acronis True Image for FREE
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2006, 02:32:01 AM »
well, that sums it up. for a moment, i thought this is a hoax. tks Jibz. ;)

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Re: Acronis True Image for FREE
« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2006, 02:36:22 AM »
The link in the original post still works for me

http://www.acronis.com/mag/vnu-ati7

Then after that you get an email with login,login and on the left hand of the screen you should get a panel
of sorts that show past purchase,etc.


 
« Last Edit: October 11, 2006, 05:29:10 AM by tinyvillager »

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Re: Acronis True Image for FREE
« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2006, 02:57:56 AM »
tks tinyvillager, the link works. :up: eventhough, i'm not sure about the legal aspect of it. :-\

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Re: Acronis True Image for FREE
« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2006, 04:41:54 AM »
I'd guess the second link will be time limited - and Acronis may get a bit suspicious if it is downloaded many times !! Watch out you may find your serial number becomes invalid.

Best way would be to use the first link, register to get a serial number (which you will need anyway) and then visit you account and check your registered products for your personal download link.

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Re: Acronis True Image for FREE
« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2006, 08:10:20 PM »
yeah, i figured that the download link might be tied-up with the serial number somehow. so i didn't want to risk invalidating Jibz's serial number. i'll just have to wait & see if they're going to make the download link available again.

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Re: Acronis True Image for FREE
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2006, 08:34:48 PM »
Just use http://www.acronis.com/mag/vnu-ati7 (he has removed the link specific to his serial number). This allows you to register and receive your own serial number directly from Acronis - you are then a customer and can download the file from the Acronis website.

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Re: Acronis True Image for FREE
« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2006, 08:59:29 PM »
ok, i found it. now, i can test-drive this often praised tool. thanks everyone! :up:

acronis-2.png[Offer  Now Ended] Acronis True Image for FREE

« Last Edit: October 11, 2006, 09:01:11 PM by lanux128 »

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Re: Acronis True Image for FREE
« Reply #17 on: October 12, 2006, 03:45:01 AM »
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so i didn't want to risk invalidating Jibz's serial number.

Just for the record, I wasn't the one who posted the download link.

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Re: Acronis True Image for FREE
« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2006, 04:22:08 AM »
Just for the record it was me that posted the link,it wasn't up long,Carol's comments scared some sense into me.
It wasn't up for long so i hope no damage was done.

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Re: Acronis True Image for FREE
« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2006, 05:14:01 AM »
Now that that is sorted out has anyone upgraded to the corporate version (9.1) ?

It is strange that people registering for the free version 7 get an upgrade link to this, but as a registered version 9 user I don't ???

I am intrigued by the idea that you can restore images to different hardware sets with v. 9.1 including virtual machines. That looks like a seriously useful thing to be able to do if it works well. It would be ideal for when you upgrade a motherboard or similar if you can avoid having to do a fresh install of Windows, and means that all you backup DVDs are still of some use when you have a new system!

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Re: Acronis True Image for FREE
« Reply #20 on: October 14, 2006, 05:48:13 PM »
Awesome! thanks for the heads up!

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First a Blessed Christmas to all.

You know it's the time of the year when family members gather and guess what, you appear to be the most knowlegeable within the family on computers and invariably you end out helping with a myriad computer problems. Sigh ! :-\

Anyway, for some years now, I have used Ghost (cannot remember which version but I know it's not version 9 or 10 but even older) to image my harddisk (and that of a few family members- I make them buy a harddisk to do that) so that I can restore the system partition easily with the backup image.

Basically, this is the process I take with one key basic assumption.

Basic assumption:
You cannot trust imaging software that runs in Windows since there are so many things and services running in the background when Windows is running)

1. I use my Desktop to boot up Norton Ghost (which basically runs in Dos Mode from a Diskette) and copy the entire System partition from one harddisk to another harddisk through an IDE to IDE interface.

2. I then put the "cloned" harddisk into the laptop and boot it up to make sure it works.
Sometimes, there's a problem and I have to Fix the MBR with Fdisk.exe  before it will reboot.
If it can reboot and run properly, I know the Ghost image is fine and I keep the cloned harddisk away for a rainy day as an "insurance policy" so I don't have to spend hours reinstalling from scratch.

Unfortunately, I have a close relative who returned this year with a new laptop and one with a SATA harddisk and my Desktop only have an IDE interface.

So my cloning equipment using Ghost and an IDE interface is now stumped.

Questions:

Does Acronis True Image V7 really clone a System partition while running Windows XP Pro (or XP Home) on it - ie is my basic assumption that you cannot run a cloning software in the computer A while trying to clone the System partition of computer A.

If my basic assumption is wrong, then effectively I do not even need a Desktop to clone my laptop system partition. All I need then is a USB Drive (with a SATA interface) to plug another harddisk into the laptop and use Acronis True image to clone the system partition onto the harddisk in the USB Drive. Once cloned, I assume that I can then place the cloned SATA harddisk into the laptopn and reboot it successfully.

Another question - Assuming I can do the above, will the cloning process be very slow through the USB 2.0 connection. (When I use the IDE to IDE connection via the desktop, the ghost cloning process can take say 30mins for a 25GB partition).

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks



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Re: Acronis True Image for FREE
« Reply #22 on: December 25, 2006, 07:32:08 AM »
Quick answer:
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All I need then is a USB Drive (with a SATA interface) to plug another harddisk into the laptop and use Acronis True image to clone the system partition onto the harddisk in the USB Drive. Once cloned, I assume that I can then place the cloned SATA harddisk into the laptopn and reboot it successfully.

yes.  Acronis (and now others as well) can do a succesfull clone of your windows system while it is running.  and it works well - ive used restored systems made from acronis images for a long time and not had a problem.

i also find it quite fast backing up through usb2.

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Re: Acronis True Image for FREE
« Reply #23 on: December 25, 2006, 07:48:06 AM »
I'll spare you all of the technical details of how this all works, but in general terms a snapshot of the drive is taken and that is what is backed up. While it is being backed up, all changes to the drive are cached, when the backup is completed the cached changes are permanently written to disk.

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Re: Acronis True Image for FREE
« Reply #24 on: December 25, 2006, 09:22:31 AM »
Thanks Mouser and Tinjaw for the reply.

Just another thought that came to my mind.

I assume that Acronis True Image is smart enough to even detect an unformated drive in the USB enclosure or do I have to format or at least partition it first with a Partition Manager like Paragon Partition Manager or Partition Magic.

Ghost is smart enough to do this even in Dos mode.