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Location: Smithers, BC, Canada

PostPosted: Tue 22 Dec 2009, 20:54    Post_subject:  Acronis True Image (Free)
Sub_title: bootable from GRUB

Recently I became aware that both Western Digital and Seagate have free versions of Acronis True Image for cloning, backing up and restoring hard drives and backing up and restoring partitions.

I downloaded the WD version at http://cache.websupport.wdc.com/atiwd/tih_s_e.exe. Once I started reading I came across the fact that Acronis recommends setting up bootable usb drives with syslinux and then putting two acronis files on them and a syslinux.cfg for a bootable usb restore system.

I thought aha! If they can boot from syslinux I should be able to boot from Grub. Sure enough I:

1. Installed tih_s_e.exe under windows to C:
2. rebooted to Puppy431
3. created a folder on sda1 called acronis
4. copied kernel.dat and ramdisk.dat from /mnt/home/Program Files/Common Files/Acronis/TrueimageHome to /mnt/home/acronis
5. Edited my menu.1st to include:
# Acronis bootable partition config begins
   title Acronis Restore
   rootnoverify (hd0,0)
   kernel /acronis/kernel.dat vga=0x314 ramdisk_size=40000 quiet
   initrd /acronis/ramdisk.dat
# Acronis bootable partition config ends

Now I can boot directly into Acronis. Backup any or all of my partitions. Restore any or all of my partitions. I have also setup a bootable flash drive as an emergency restore if things get really bad. See http://www.acronis.com/r/support/en/kb/388/flash_syslinux.html

I presume the Seagate version, http://www.seagate.com/support/discwizard/DiscWizardSetup.en.exe will work the same. WD says theirs is only for their harddrives. I haven't tried it on anything else.
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