Recovery from total loss.

  frybluff 26 May 12

I understand how, with the right backups, and "bootable media", I could recovery from most problems, but don't know how, or even if it's possible, to recover from a total loss, like a fire, or theft.

Insurance would cover replacing the laptop, but would I be able to recover my "systems". A new laptop may have slightly different hardware, and its drivers, not to mention operating system, so I presume it would not be as simple as "overlaying" my old stuff. I have Acronis, and ext hard drive (hopefully wouldn't be "lost", in the same event).

Don't have this issue, now, but, after the event would be a bit late to think about it.

  wiz-king 26 May 12

I download 'my libraries' to a DVD once a month and store it about a mile from home at my stables - I lost most of my computer files and the back-up hard-drive to a power surge that the filters and UPS didn't stop several years ago. Luckily I had a spare computer at work which had copies that were only about a month out of date, that's when I started keeping an off-site backup.

I only had a problem with some old 'word perfect' files that I could not easily recover, most of the files were common formats.

  john bunyan 26 May 12


I have several SATA HD's for my desktop which are in Pull out caddies from Maplin. I have one in and running all the time and it accts like a second slave drive. On it I update data daily with Freefilesynch. I have another caddy that I occasionally mount and after a scan for nasties I make a clone of the whole of the main drive (about once a month) Tis is kept for a doomsday scenario in a far part of the house unlikely to be reached by a fire! I also have a USB drive on which I make images about once a week, and a second copy of my data. This is also kept elsewhere. I use ATI for clones and images , and Freefilesynch for mirror copies of data. For a laptop I clone as above on a portable USB HD, and do images and data back ups as above on another USB HD.

  frybluff 26 May 12

I appreciate, with ATI, it would be reasonably straightforeward to recover, from, say, a C drive failure.

What I can't "get my head around", is how to recover to a NEW computer, should my current one be destroyed, or stolen. Unless the new one were identical, it presumably wouldn't be as simple as "cloning" the C drive, as the drivers etc, would need to be different. My, main concern, of course, is paid for software, that I wouldn't particularly want to have to buy again.

  Nontek 26 May 12

I am pretty sure that the latest ATI does allow a Full Backup to be 'Restored' to ANY PC, not just the original from whence it came.

Scroll down to Universal Restore I think this may be what you are looking for.

Apologies if I am incorrect!

  john bunyan 27 May 12

I think, with a clone , there would be few problems.

  Pine Man 28 May 12

You may have trouble restoring to a totally different computer BUT you would certainly be able to access all of the contents of an Acronis Back Up file.

  frybluff 28 May 12

My initial thought was that it should be simple, with an Acronis clone. Just buy a new computer, without OS, and "drop" the clone onto a blank C drive. However, the more I think about it, unless new computer was identical, in hardware, drivers could be a problem, which might be worse than the old-fashioned way of re-installing, bit by bit. Unless someone has a clever short-cut?

  Pine Man 28 May 12

Have you not read the link in the response from Nontek?

Take your Acronis experience to the next level with our special Plus Pack add-on. This gives you advanced features, such as dynamic-disk support and Universal Restore, which lets you recover your entire system on a computer with a completely different architecture.

Isn't that exactly what you want?

  frybluff 28 May 12

You're right, thanks, and thanks to Nontek. Looking at headings, missed that bit. Keep saying I need new glasses.

Thanks again.

  Nontek 28 May 12

Should have gone to Specsavers!!

But I hope my link above helps.



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