I have recently acquired a Dell Latitude E6500 with a Western Digital Hard drive, running Windows 7sp1. I am in the process of setting it up, as a replacement for my Dell Latitude C840, running WinXPsp3.
For the purpose of making and restoring backup images of my E6500’s partitions C: and D:to an Apricorn external disk (which happens to be Hitachi), from the WD website I downloaded (but did not install) Acronis True Image WD Edition, and its User Guide. I have _ no _ expectation of ever cloning anything.
On my E6500, can I use the Western Digital Edition of Acronis True Image for partition backups to (and restorations from) a non-WD external hard disk, or must both the source and the target be WD drives?
Thanks to anyone who clarifies this. My problem is that although I can guess, I don’t know for sure the meaning of “Attached Western Digital device” in the Minimum System Requirements section of the Acronis True Image WD Edition User Guide. (I also am not sure of the meaning of “rescue media.”) And since I won’t be cloning anything — I will do backups and restorations only — I don’t know if the Attached device requirement applies to my intended use of Acronis True Image WD Edition.
With my C840, I make image backups to an Apricorn external hard disk made by Hitachi. The Apricorn software was EzGigII, which was a simplified variant of Acronis. But EzGigII does not run on Windows 7.
The Acronis TrueImage WD Edition UsersGuide, page 8, Minimum System Requirements, are:
1.3.1 Minimum system requirements
The hardware requirements of Acronis True Image WD Edition correspond to the minimum requirements for the operating system installed on the computer to be used for running Acronis True Image WD Edition.
In addition Acronis True Image WD Edition requires the following hardware:
* Attached Western Digital device
* CD-RW/DVD-RW drive for bootable media creation
* Mouse or other pointing device (recommended).
Acronis True Image WD Edition rescue media has the following hardware requirements:
* 256 MB RAM
* Processor Pentium 1 GHz or faster