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Restoring a hard drive with Acronis True Image 11.0

Restoring a crashed hard drive with Acronis True Image Home 11.0
A Backup Software Review
by Terje Ronneberg

This article is a continuation of the review of Acronis True Image Home 11.0

On this page I will describe how I tested the recovery features of Acronis True Image.
I imagined what I would do if my hard disk had completely been corrupted by some disaster such as a virus.


Computer setup used for this review:

Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.01.2600 Service Pack 2
Processor Intel Pentium 4 640 @ 3200 MHz
Physical Memory 1024 MB (2 x 512 DDR2-SDRAM )
Video Card Nvidia Corp GeForce FX 5200 [NV34.3]
Hard Disk WDC (160 GB)
Hard Disk (Secondary Internal) WDC (80 GB)
DVD-Rom Drive _NEC DVD+-RW ND-3530A
Monitor Type Dell Computer DELL 2407WFP - 24 inches

I also have a 750GB Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus external hard disk attached via a USB port.


History
I had created a backup of my entire computer onto an external hard drive.
I had created an Acronis boot CD, by simply running Acronis and from the main menu going to: Tools->Create Bootable Rescue Media ( if you bought Acronis in a box, the CD the software comes on is bootable)


Booting Acronis from the Bootable Disk

When you turn the computer on, while it is loading in the top corner you should see something like the below:
I pressed F12 on the keyboard to enter the "Boot Menu".

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I wanted to boot from the Acronis bootable CD. So from the Boot device menu I chose the highlighted one (The text is not visible in the below image), which says: "Onboard or USB CD-ROM drive".

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Acronis loaded, and I chose to load Acronis by clicking on it.
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I wanted to recover my whole hard disk, from the image on the external drive.
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I begun to go through the options of the "Restore Data Wizard"
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I selected the latest Acronis backup of my hard disk.
It was an incremental backup I had made a few days after a full backup.
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I had the option of choosing which version I would like to restore.
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I wanted to restore the disk so I chose that restoration type.
I could have also restored only selected files and folders.
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Then I selected the partitions to restore.
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And clicked next, and so it continued.


Summary
Restoring a crashed or corrupted computer using Acronis True Image is very easy simple!

If you would like to try or buy Acronis True Image 11 visit: Acronis.com