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    Thumbs down Acronis, sigh :(

    So I used to use Acronis True Image to backup my RAID 0 drive on the fly.... back in the day with XP x86, it was flawless.

    I just found out the hard way that the newer versions (they have stopped numbering them and started going by year) 2009, 2010 suck the big one and should not be touched with a 10-foot poll.

    I recently moved over to Win7 x64, set it all up nice and fancy and then configured the newer (yet less functional) version of Acronis True Image 2010 (b6053). Everything looked good until the scheduled scan kicked in, where it locked up my system. Since I had configured it to re-do any unsuccessful jobs on startup, I was stuck in a loop where it would lock my system up as soon as it started the job (pretty much right at login). So off to safe mode I went where I found I could not configure the schedule nor uninstall the app. from there. Rather than go into registry editing, I just renamed the installed folder and rebooted into protected mode. That worked, so I fixed the renamed folder and was able to toast the scheduled backup.
    After a lot of reading, it seems that this product has gone to total and utter crap, from software to support... so please note to that this software should be avoided like a plague.

    Beyond this, and most importantly - My last full backup (on a secondary drive) vanished wtfux!?
    Honestly, I don't know how this happened and I can't figure out what would have done it. I have a spare 500GB drive that is divided in half. The problematic scheduled backup was writing to the opposite half of where this other full backup was.

    No big deal I thought, nothing else has been written to the drive, so I will just run a recovery program & get it back. So I loaded my favorite app, and did I guess the equivalent to a surface scan / fat table look up and what the hell............... the file is not even listed at all as ever being in existence. Sure old files that have been removed for years are there, but not this one. Most of what I need has already been pulled from this backup, but for the life of me I can't figure out what happened here and why I can't even pull the name of the file from the FAT table
    Also to note, the drive is in fine shape, no bad sectors or anything.

    Anyone have any wild ideas? I've ran a few other recovery apps against it (this is all outside of the OS) and no dice.... I'm ready to give up.

    /rant_completed: thank you for reading
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    Sorry to here of the problems you had with Acronis. Why did you not use the backup tools bundled with win 7?

    You may want to have a look at this site and their free backup software.
    http://www.paragon-software.com/home.../features.html

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    A good question 4hams, I continued with Acronis for these reasons:

    1) Had previously been using it and was very happy that existing version, I assumed that newer versions could only be better.
    1.1) Needed to install the software to get for access to previous backups for file navigation/extraction inside of Windows.

    2) Ignorance: with all the Win7 hoopla, I did not once hear anything about their backup implementation, and assumed that it would simply be a glorified clone of ntbackup at best (which is far from my needs). Honestly I have still not looked into this yet, but I probably will now, lol

    I'll check out that Paragon utility though, I have heard mention of it before... I'll probably also checkout these G4U & Clonezilla I have heard good things about them. Has anybody here had any experience with them by chance?
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    hmmmm.....I've used Acronis on many occasions lately to clone drives. I love it for the boot-to capabilities for cloning drives up to larger ones or onto SSDs.

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    Looks like this may work as a fix... http://forum.acronis.com/forum/5475?page=5
    So far so good, look for SnapAPI Build 503 d/l link

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