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    Exclamation Windows 7: Complete Disk & Imaging Software for Drives >2TB

    I find it amazing, that to my knowledge, Acronis is the only backup & recovery software developer that offers full didk/partion imaging & continuous backup for hard drives >2TB. Unfortunately, you have to purchase an additional add-on pack & further, the reviews are horrendous, particularly for their 2012 offering. I actually purchased a copy but got a refund within a week because I could never get it to install!

    I've checked out Seagate, EaseUS Todo Backup, & another whose name alludes me at the moment. Actually you can back up a large drive with Todo but you have to go through the machinations of breaking the partions up into manageable sizes first. No thank you...

    Does anyone know of a program out there that offers complete disk/partition imaging with full backup/restore capabilities for drives >2TB?

    Thanks!

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    I would suggest you d/l the trial version of TI and try to figure out why it wont install..

    You can also sign up on their forum and post the problem there and see what help you can get..
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    I don't have the link handy but would suggest you try the Paragon Software site.

    Hope this helps,Roy

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    I can't remember the reason that the install failed but their Forum was, & still is, lit up with user complaints (mostly Win 7 64-bit users like me). In addition, I simply refuse to pay an additional price for an add-on just so I can back up a drive >2TB.


    I'll check Paragon.

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    If you can, try to d/l the 2010 version...

    I heard there were problems with the 2012 version..

    Either way, I would still try to get it to work..

    That's up to you of course.
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    Actually, I downloaded & installed the 2011 trial version, only to find out that it required an add-on as well. I've got a note into Support to see if they'll provide me with the add-on on a trial basis.

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    What addon?
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    Following is all you would ever want to know about the add-on (Plus Pack) for 2010-2012 ATI support of GPT drives, & it even has its own limitations!

    Acronis True Image Home Plus Pack: Dynamic Disks and Disks
    with GUID Partition Tables (GPT) Support


    Source URL (retrieved on 2012-01-03
    15:27
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    http://kb.acronis.com/content/6533


    Created - Dec 4, 2009;
    Updated - Oct 24, 2011

    Limitations on dynamic and GPT disks support

    This article applies to:

    • Acronis True Image Home 2010 Plus Pack
    • Acronis True Image Home 2011 Plus Pack

    (!) For Acronis True Image Home 2012 please see Acronis True Image Home 2012: GPT & UEFI
    Support
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    Description

    Support of dynamic disks and disks with GUID Partition Tables (GPT) is
    available in Acronis True Image Home 2010 Plus Pack and Acronis True Image home
    2011 Plus Pack. You can back up to and restore from dynamic and GPT disks. If
    you do not have Acronis True Image Home 2010 Plus Pack or Acronis True Image
    Home 2011 Plus Pack, please see Acronis True Image Home Does Not Support Dynamic Disks
    or Disks with GUID Partition Tables (GPT)
    .

    Basically, with the Plus Pack add-on you can back up and restore dynamic
    disks both in Windows or from Acronis Bootable Media. In terms of dynamic disks
    and backup or restore, the product functions the same when run in Windows or
    from Acronis Bootable Media:

    • You can back up a dynamic disk and restore it to a dynamic disk. As a
      result, you will have a dynamic disk;
    • You can back up a dynamic disk and restore it to a basic disk. As a result,
      you will have a basic disk.

    Limitations on dynamic disks and GPT disks support in Acronis True Image Home
    2010 Plus Pack and Acronis True Image Home 2011 Plus Pack:

    • RAID-1 (Mirrored) and RAID-5 volumes are not supported. See also Acronis True Image Home: RAID Support;
    • Creation of Acronis Secure Zone is not supported;
    • Recovery of a dynamic volume as a dynamic volume with manual resizing is not
      supported;
    • GPT disks can be recovered only "volume-to-volume" without the possibility
      of resizing;
    • Try&Decide cannot be used for protecting dynamic and GPT
      disks;
    • Clone disk operation is not supported for dynamic and GPT disks.

    Detailed information on recovery operations involving dynamic/GPT
    disks and volumes


    • Acronis True Image Home supports recovery of dynamic volumes to the
      following locations on the local hard drives:
      • to the original location (to the same dynamic volume)
      • to another dynamic disk or volume
      • to unallocated space of the dynamic group
      • to a basic disk

      If a dynamic volume is recovered to unallocated space of the dynamic group,
      the type of the recovered volume will be the same as it was in the archive.

      Manual resizing of dynamic volumes during recovery to dynamic disks is not
      supported. If you need to resize a dynamic volume during recovery, it should be
      recovered to a basic disk.

      When performing a so called "bare-metal recovery" of dynamic volume(s) to a
      new unformatted disk, the recovered volumes become basic. If you want the
      recovered volumes to remain dynamic, prior to recovery the target disk(s) should
      be prepared (partitioned and formatted) using third-party tools, for example,
      Windows Disk Management snap-in (Start-Run ->
      compmgmt.msc).
    • The target disk's partitioning scheme remains unchanged after recovery:
      • if a GPT disk image is recovered over a GPT disk, the target disk remains a
        GPT disk
      • if a GPT disk image is recovered over an MBR disk, the target disk remains
        an MBR disk
      • if an MBR disk image is recovered over an MBR disk, the target disk remains
        an MBR disk
      • if an MBR disk image is recovered over a GPT disk, the target disk becomes
        an MBR disk

      Recovery to unallocated space of a GPT disk is not supported.
    • The target volume type does not change when recovering over an existing
      volume. Examples:
      • When a dynamic volume is recovered over a basic volume, the target volume
        remains basic
      • When a dynamic spanned volume is recovered over a dynamic striped volume,
        the target volume remains striped

    More information

    (!) Acronis True Image Home 2010 and Acronis True Image Home
    2012 do not support UEFI systems. Acronis True Image Home 2012 does - see Acronis True Image Home 2012: GPT & UEFI
    Support
    .

    See also:


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    The plus pack was a separate d/l I think.
    I got it with 2010 but never used it..It didn't make sense to me.

    Plus Pack was free as an incentive to buy 2010.

    If I remember right, BOTH have to be installed separately so you can just install TI without the plus pack...

    I remember a lot of complaints about the plus pack being hard to use..
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    Right. However, if you have a GPT hard drive like me, which is >2TB, no version of TI can perform a disk/partion image w/o it.

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    That is good info but it's quite dated...started in 2007! Protocols have changed somewhat since then, particularly with the advent of Win 7. The bottom line is that no backup & recovery software developer out there has a 'one stop shop' product that will handle GPT drives when they've been around forever. It simply boggles my mind!

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    So why don't you format for NTSF ?
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    I think we're getting to the point where we may be confusing or using terminology in a different manner when it comes down to what a GPT disk is instead of bringing formats, e.g. NFST, FAT32, etc. into the mix. I've enjoyed our 'chat' session, but I've got to move on. I'll leave you with this link from MS that fully explains the logic & functionality behind GPT disks (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/wind.../gg463525.aspx ). Thanks!

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