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    Disk Director AND True Image

    I'd like to hear from users of both Acronis Disk Director Suite 9 and True Image 9, please. I'm at the latest build of both products and am just now getting around to burning my bootable CDs for each one. They have been changing so rapidly, I was stalling for the smoke to clear! I'm getting ready to do a little "surgery" to my box for I have my CDRW drive connected to a Raid IDE card and ever since I did so, the machine won't boot from CD. Oh well, I'll fix that by re-connecting it to one of the motherboard IDEs tonite.

    While I was cruisin' in the Acronis forums, I noticed that there are some posts where people are having boot CD difficulties and/or errors. What I saw even included the latest TI 2302 build. So, my question for Loungers is - have any of you successfully booted your machine from the user burned CD of Disk Director and True Image? If you haven't, would you do me a favor and try, please? I want to feel comfortable that after I make my hardware adjustments tonite whether I might still run into trouble with either product.

    PS My CDRW drive works just fine from the Raid IDE card but it won't boot from there.

    PPS It's interesting to note that the boot CD created with Disk Director seems to be "empty" as the True Image product used to look back at Version 7 (I think). Acronis changed TI and I wonder why they haven't done so with DD...

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    Re: Disk Director AND True Image

    Hey BigAl,

    I'd guess that you can't boot from CD because the raid card requires its own drivers and those would not be available during the boot process. Sorry I can't be of help with the rest.

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    Re: Disk Director AND True Image

    Big Al,

    I just rebooted with my Acronis True Image 2302 Boot Disk and it worked fine. I went through the restore process right up to the last item before actually doing a restore without any glitches whatsoever.

    As an aside, here's a little hint for those that backup their TI images to a specific partition on another HDD, whether it is internal or external. If you name the partition with an actual name; I named the two partitions I use to backup both my PC and my wife's as "Jeff" and "Barb, then it is a no-brainer to finding the right drive/partition where you have stored the backups. When booting with the Boot CD the drive letters are temporarily changed and thus it can be confusing and often disconcerting to newbies when the actual drive letter isn't displayed. By giving the partition an actual name, it doesn't change and therefore makes it very easy to recognize. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Disk Director AND True Image

    Al,
    Just to keep you ex-NYs happy, I created a bootable CD with the Disk Director V10 and all went well. True Image: I have booted to many times OK to make my images before windows loaded. ( just my preference )
    So both bootable CDs seem to work fine and dandy. Of course they boot to the Acronis program, not Windows.
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    Re: Disk Director AND True Image

    Curiosity got the better of me Al, so I tried booting from my True Image 9.0 boot disk.
    Guess what? It worked. I suspect you're good to go with whatever you needed to do.

    Have a good evening
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    Re: Disk Director AND True Image

    With my thanks to Jeff and Bob and Bob for their help, at least I know that some of you ARE able to boot with the Acronis CDs, so I'll continue my quest locally.

    Picking up on what you said, Joe, and knowing that the drivers for the raid care are installed, I decided to re-do just for the repeat sake of it. BTW the BIOS recognizes the card and, much like video cards, the raid card initializes at bootup. I re-installed the drivers and she still won't boot from CD - doesn't even light the activity light - goes right on into Windows. On checking Device Manager, I remembered that this raid card doesn't show up under ATAPI, but rather as a SCSI device. I've never bothered worrying about that, since the drive works OK except at boot time. However, I decided once again to check the BIOS. Lo and behold, a partial answer has been staring at me all this time and I missed it. In the boot order screen, I have the boot devices set to ATAPI CD, floppy and then hard drive. BUT, there is a fourth device that just says "SONY" which happens to be the brand of CDRW I have! I moved it to the top of the list and the ATAPI entry to the bottom. (An additional "clue" is the fact that SONY is what the raid card shows when it initializes.)

    Unfortunately, it still doesn't work although at least it tries. I tried booting three times - with the TI disk, the DD disk and my WinXP installation disk. On the two Acronis CDs, I get an error that simply says boot failure and no way out except C-A-D. The WinXP CD flashes some kind of message too fast for me to see it and then continues booting from the hard drive. I don't think this card is worth any more of my time, so I'm gonna do what I initially said and remove it, putting the CDRW back on the motherboard.

    Thanks folks. More later.

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