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    True Image Question - Yes Really!

    This is probably quite simple for most people but I wanted to ask what I would need to do next to be sure I am doing the following procedure correctly. I have made an image and put the restriction of 650MB (see pic below) so I can burn them to disk. When I burn these individual images to CDs, is there anything special I need to do to be able to be able to use these disks for restore purposes? Is there a "proper way" to do it or do I just use a burning program, select the image and burn it to the disk? Can you tell, I am clueless about this part of saving my data but I want to get it off my hard drive so I can use the space for something else. BUT I also want to be sure it is recognized by TI when and if the time comes! Thanks. Oh yes, in case it is necessary to know, I have Nero for my burning software and I have TI V.9 (build 2,259).

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    Re: True Image Question - Yes Really!

    Your on the right track Skitterbug, use Nero to burn each file onto a seperate disc. Next - I would mark each disc (sleeve?) with the XP1, XP2, XP3, etc. because....
    If you ever need to restore this particular set of files, you will need to place the XP1 disc in the cd drive, and the restore program will ask you for the last disc (XP13 in this case), once read the restore program will ask you again to place the XP1 disc, followed by each other disc in sequence.
    Hope this helps.

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    Re: True Image Question - Yes Really!

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> Bob. I finally got the chance to burn these files and then I tried to restore one file from the disk set to see if the CDs would work. What happens is after choosing the restore file or folder option, the program will not show me individual files, etc. Instead it wants to restore the whole volume. It works right if I try to restore a file from the set of backups which are located on my ext. HD, that I burned this CD set from so I know it should work. I don't know if I should try and burn another set or if I should be satisfied that these will do a full restore if needed. What I may do is scrounge up an old HD and try the full restore just to be sure - before I would delete my "known good copy". Anyway, just wanted to catch the world up on how this was progressing. I can't say that I am satisfied yet with the outcome - but I'm closer than I was. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>


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    Re: True Image Question - Yes Really!

    Instead of using Restore File or Folder, I have much better luck in 'recovering' individual files or folders by using the 'Explore and Validate Backup Archives' and then following the 'Mount Image' prompt. This allows you to 'see' your archive file as another drive and allows you to copy from there to your original drive. When you're done restoring (copying) what you need, then you simply 'Unmount' your archive.
    I've never had a need to even look into the recovering individual files option <grin>

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    Re: True Image Question - Yes Really!

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> Bob

    Well, I tried your method and it won't assign a volume letter to my image. I am in the middle of verifying the image although I believe there isn't one thing wrong with it. I started with XP13 and I am on XP11 now...... Long process <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15>

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> for replying! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>


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    Re: True Image Question - Yes Really!

    I don't use the "File & Folders" backup feature since as Bob pointed out, you can easily use the "Mount/Unmount" feature in True Image itself to explore an image file and then copy/paste whatever you like. I suspect the problem may be due to the fact that you have burned a "split image" to CD media where on the external HDD, all the backup images are present. Again, not knowing much about the "File & Folder" feature I'm just speculating. But with a regular system backup image which is burned to removable media, you need ALL the discs to be able to access anything. To "explore" a split image file you need to copy the contents of every disc to the HDD first. Whether or not this applies to the "File & Folder" feature, I really can't say.

    You can either use the "Mount/Unmount" feature or even use just Windows Explorer to access the contents of any image file with TI 10.

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    Re: True Image Question - Yes Really!

    I've verified the image (CD set) and it is just fine so there might be a limitation perhaps with TI V9. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15> At least I know that the image should work. When I receive my replacement hard drive, I'll give it a try. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>

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    Re: True Image Question - Yes Really!

    Yes, from what you have written, it would appear that you are on the right track. The only bit of advice I would offer is that you had better label each CD according to the order in which you created them when you burn them to disc. If you had to use them to restore your system, TI will ask for the first, and I think the last (been years since I used CD media for backups), and then the first again.

    Second... IMHO, you are spending far too much trouble and time burning backups to CD... or even DVD media. Why not break down and buy an external enclosure and HDD? That would simplify your backup procedure immensely.

    Third, remember old Murphy? The more files (images) you have to work with there is more probability that you will encounter a problem. If just one tiny part on one of the several CD's you burn has a problem (corruption), then the entire backup image will be unusable. <img src=/S/yikes.gif border=0 alt=yikes width=15 height=15>

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    Re: True Image Question - Yes Really!

    I already have one external hard drive that I was trying to create space on but yes, I have come to the conclusion that a second one would be handy. They are not that expensive anymore. <img src=/S/nope.gif border=0 alt=nope width=15 height=15>

    Burning CD images was an exercise to see if I could get the job done correctly and to keep a set for the "just in case" scenario. I do have a "Master CD" that I ordered with this computer so I can take it back to that perfect state. But if I want all my programs, settings, etc. the CD image will be handy. And remember - I haven't deleted that original TI image off the external hard drive yet. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> I did remember to number the CDs accordingly. There is a certain order that TI calls for so keeping them properly labeled (with permanent ink) is essential. Thanks for keeping check on my progress. I figure if I can manage to get this all figured out now, I'll be in better knowledgeable shape whenever I can afford a new PC! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>


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