Windows 10: Acronis True Image to restore after W10 install??

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  1.    13 Oct 2014 #1

    Acronis True Image to restore after W10 install??

    I installed the Preview on a couple machines with 10" screens and while I liked the overall look and feel, I didn't care for it on those smaller screens. So I took them back to originals which was a totally no fun process. Probably because I did the restore using the MS and mfg tools with a USB stick.

    Now I'm thinking that it would be wonderful on my HP 23" touch AIO. I've imaged with Acronis True Image WD edition to the WD MyBook and made a bootable USB stick. I tested that as far as booting and finding the image I created but haven't actually re-imaged the internal drive.

    So does the Acronis image re-do all the partitions? IOW, will re-imaging the internal drive restore all the partitions back to what they were at the time I created the image?

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  2. COMPUTIAC Guest
       13 Oct 2014 #2

    The safest waay to use Win 10 is a VMware virtual machine. Second best would be a dual boot with your other OS.

    When I opened settings in Acronis 2014, there were only three of the six partitions checked under "Disk Backup "

    I made sure all six were checked so it they would all be included in the backup.

    I did the same as you did in trying to see if it would work, but never fully tested it.
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  3.    13 Oct 2014 #3

    Thanks for the feedback.

    I currently have the preview installed in a VM, but it is the 32-bit version as the 64-bit won't install for whatever reason. I'm using VMWare Player.

    It is interesting and frustrating to see how convoluted MS has made the partitioning scheme and how that all applies to a system rebuild or in the case of a new drive.

    I've been a Mac guy for a long time, and there it is just a simple clone of the drive and you're good to go. Apple doesn't allow for changing the 'recovery' partition from the factory load.

    Frankly I wish MS didn't futz with it with the Preview either! It would make it so much simpler to go back with the tools in W8.x and W10 as they are.
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  4.    13 Oct 2014 #4

    Hi there

    Acronis 2014 works perfectly --I always use the BOOTABLE version though. It will also work whether UEFI or NON UEFI system.

    Note though - be careful if you are recovering Storage Spaces -- you need to recover ALL the volumes in the pool.

    On recovery choose the whole disk -- remember though to set the CORRECT partition to ACTIVE otherwise after restore you won't be able to BOOT. If you make a mistake GPARTED or similar stand alone partition manager can set this without you having to restore the whole thing again.

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  5.    13 Oct 2014 #5


    'storage spaces'??

    And which is the correct partition?

    Sorry for what may be dumb questions, but I've been away from Windows for a very long time.
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  7.    14 Oct 2014 #7

    Ztruker said: View Post
    I did and it doesn't apply to me. Thanks.
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  8.    15 Oct 2014 #8

    After the failed W10 install on my HP AIO, I used Acronis to do the restore.

    Couldn't have been easier and with Acronis True Image 2014, you don't have to disable secure boot to start the process.
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  9. COMPUTIAC Guest
       15 Oct 2014 #9

    Would you give some more detail on what it restored ?
    Did it replace all the partitions as they were before ? Did you have to add any partitions as I did in post #2 ?

    Why did Win 10 fail to install, what was the problem ?
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  10.    15 Oct 2014 #10

    COMPUTIAC said: View Post
    Would you give some more detail on what it restored ?
    Did it replace all the partitions as they were before ? Did you have to add any partitions as I did in post #2 ?

    Why did Win 10 fail to install, what was the problem ?
    OK, have to work from memory which isn't the best as I get older though... :)

    during the restore process I had to manually pick which partitions to restore which was a bit slow doing, but not daunting once I figured out the screen was literally telling me which to recognize or whatever the term was it used. That was for every partition. My assumption is that you wouldn't have to restore a partition that didn't get damaged or whatever. Of course, in the case of W10, you need them all as W10 changes the recovery also.

    I picked all of them and matched to the corresponding location on the internal drive. No additional drives were shown, nor did I have to designate one to actually boot from. Once that was done, a simple click and off it went and about 1/2 later it was done.

    The failure to install on my HP 23-N010 AIO desktop was at the last reboot during the install. Up until then, all had proceeded normally. But on the final boot I got a full flashing blue screen and it wouldn't go further than that. I have not figured out what it didn't like. But I'm beginning to think that since I had Malwarebytes Premium running, that may have caused something to not get written to the HD during the update process. Just a total guess.

    At this point I still have my 32-bit W10 available in a VM on the machine, so I could just use that. Or I could try another install only this time choosing a virgin install instead of an upgrade. Or I guess I could go for dual-boot. I haven't figured out yet which I will do.
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