omg!nathagt wrote:No, but I'll be doing it tonight or tomorrow night (now that OKC is out of the NBA finals). I currently have my OS on a 32GB SSD but it's not enough space. I'm restoring to a new 120GB SSD and I'm hoping that won't break my DRM keys.
i'm the biggest nba/ basketball fan. (BOTH indiana and miami) i was just pausing the okc mem game at 2:47 42-35 so i could beat a chapter of a game called Cry of Fear....
i've rooted against okc (sry) (i luv miami) and okc was in deep trouble without westbrook.
i needed the break. ty u saved me time. i'll skip ahead now and see if it was close..........
k, i just watched the ending. and that wasn't close. but i still want to see the TNT crew's take on miami.
But, now, back to the Image restore...................................
if you've never done a restore with any software ever. and that's wat is sounds like:
A. Don't rely on running Acronis (any imaging software) exclusively from within Windows. In other words, MAKE the bootable recovery disk. (the option to make one is in several places including the program's Start Menu goup) And test it to be sure that you can not only, boot from it; but that you can also browse to (see/ select) backup image(s). And if all seems fine, as far as the boot disk and seeing backups (selecting them), then don't bother to run the restore from the boot disk. Instead, just exit the program. then boot back into windows. and start a restore from Acronis in Windows. See, u want to be comfortable with the bootable version of Acronis. But use it only when windows won't boot.
B. If u ever do, use the bootable disk to restore, be careful when choosing the location to restore the backup, to. Because while running the bootable Acronis (any bootable imaging software), the drive letters can be different from when running Windows. For example, C drive might be listed D, E, or F rather than C. And as a result, a drive with important data might actually be listed as C drive and u could accidentally overwrite it. The only way to truly know, is to have a labeling system. i use labels based on the size, manufacture, and partition. My C drive is labeled, "250_WDC_D1_P1". Because i know that my C drive is labeled, "250_WDC_D1_P1", i can always rest assured that that, is where i want to restore an image of my C drive. no matter wat drive letter is assigned to it. Note: The "D1" part is so i can distinguish drives; if i ever were to have multiple 250 GB WDC (Western Digital Corp) HDDs. Like for example, i DO have two 1.5 TB HDDs. Made by Seagate. I label the two of them, "1.5_SEA_D1_P1" and "1.5_SEA_D2_P1".
C. Most important of all, is the following question: "What am i going to do if the restoration fails?" Because, it can fail, and at any point during the restoration. And as a result u could be left with a PC that won't boot at all; because the C drive's partition was deleted at the beginning of the restoration that failed- which IS what is done 1st (automatically) when the restoration begins. Well, as a result, most people just end up reinstalling Windows. And those same ppl much of the time give up on imaging software. hopefully u are successful!
D. Hopefully they have cleared-up the MBR (Master Boot Record) backup part of Acronis. IF it is still the same; then u may be puzzled by the options to restore just the partition, just the MBR, or both. Here's how works:
1. Say everything is mostly AOK with ur PC. It starts, runs fine in Windows, but u don't want to diagnose a minor problem that has just recently started occurring. (And because Googling for a possible solution and fixing it could take hours or days. Whereby restoring an Acronis image might take just 20 minuets or less depending.) So u decide to restore a backup. Well, in that case, ur MBR is AOK. So u can just leave it as is. And just restore the backup image without including restoring the additional MBR restore option. (it is itty bitty in size and is of no matter in THIS scenario.)
2. But if u have a PC with a C drive that is acting really crazy, like won't boot at all, or just as important, say ur replacing ur C drive that completely failed physically, or replacing because u want to use a faster larger better brand new drive. This scenario IS what the MBR backup restore option is for! get it? (A replacement drive or a messed up one would definitely need the MBR backup that Acronis makes with every backup of a C drive. Or else it wouldn't boot properly. (Hopefully they cleared it all up in the version 2013.)
Edit 1: i missed reading that u were restoring to a new drive! i just noticed it. lol
So, option 2 is a must! (restore the MBR in the backed up image too!)