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    Pinnacle Instant CD/DVD

    I installed Acronis True Image 9.0 on a friend's PC, so I could make the equivalent of a "Restore" disk for him. Although he has a burner, there is no software on the PC to do burns. The TI documentation says I need to install packet-writing software, if I want TI to be able to write directly to blanks. Pinnacle Instant CD/DVD has apparently been superseded by a newer Pinnacle product, and there is no info on it at the Pinnacle website. Can anyone tell me if Pinnacle Instant CD/DVD is indeed packet-writing, like Nero or Roxio EZCDC?

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    Re: Pinnacle Instant CD/DVD

    Well, you should be aware that there have been reported problems with ALL versions of True Image in regard to doing backups direct to DVD. I'm assuming of course, that this is what you are wanting to do? The two best alternatives are:

    1. Purchase an external hdd enclosure and a hdd or your choice to use for backup, or even another internal hdd. This is by far is the #1 choice and it works great.
    2. When creating a backup image, choose to have True Image "split" the image into DVD-size bites. It is one of the default options available. Save the image to your hdd, e.g., in a folder on the Desktop. Then using Nero or Roxio or AShampoo or whatever burning software you have, burn the image file(s) to DVD, making sure to label them correctly. In this way you do NOT need a packet writer, nor DVD -/+ RW media; DVD -/+ R discs are fine.
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    Re: Pinnacle Instant CD/DVD

    >> Well, you should be aware that there have been reported problems with ALL versions of True Image in regard to doing backups direct to DVD. I'm assuming of course, that this is what you are wanting to do? <<

    Yes, that is what I wanted to do. Is Norton Ghost guilty of the same problems?

    >> 1. Purchase an external hdd enclosure and a hdd or your choice to use for backup, or even another internal hdd. This is by far is the #1 choice and it works great. <<

    He has a pretty good-sized Gateway tower PC, so I'm sure I could stuff another hard drive in it.

    >> 2. When creating a backup image, choose to have True Image "split" the image into DVD-size bites. It is one of the default options available. Save the image to your hdd, e.g., in a folder on the Desktop. Then using Nero or Roxio or AShampoo or whatever burning software you have, burn the image file(s) to DVD, making sure to label them correctly. In this way you do NOT need a packet writer, nor DVD -/+ RW media; DVD -/+ R discs are fine. <<

    He has no burning software at all. Not sure how this happened. Hard to believe Gateway would have shipped the PC without it (the drive is original), but he had the Geek Squad work on the PC a couple times, and he thinks they wiped the hard drive at least once and redid it. Maybe the burning software got lost then. Would the Pinnacle software be OK for this method, or would you recommend something else? I take it even with multiple DVD's, I could still use True Image to do a "Restore", if he ever needed one?

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    Re: Pinnacle Instant CD/DVD

    John,

    I think you would find that the consensus here would be to not consider Norton Ghost but to definitely go with Acronis True Image.... v. 10.4942 preferably, if possible, especially if the O/S is Vista.

    One of the best and least expensive burning programs I have found is AShampoo Burning Studio. Others here have also tried it and gave it a <IMG SRC=http://www.the-highway.com/Smileys/BigThumbUp.gif>.

    Yes, True Image can restore using a multi-disc backup image. You might want to spend some time browsing the official True Image Support Forum. I'm sure can find lots of discussions on this topic of burning to DVD discs, restoring from multi-disc backup images, etc.
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    Re: Pinnacle Instant CD/DVD

    >> One of the best and least expensive burning programs I have found is AShampoo Burning Studio. Others here have also tried it and gave it a . <<

    I looked at Ashampoo before Pinnacle, but I think I stopped when I discovered it wasn't a packet-burner type. But now that you've talked me out of that, I'll look at it again <grin>.

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    Re: Pinnacle Instant CD/DVD

    Hi,

    For packet writing, I use sonic dla (drive level access) as recommended here (get the dell version). If you're running Vista, there's a patch here , again get the dell version. People out there in internetland report system instabilities with DLA, but it runs happily on my PC. YMMV I suppose.
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    Re: Pinnacle Instant CD/DVD

    Trueimage 11 is now available, and anyone with an interest in such things might like to track the success of that to let us all know how it performs.

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