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I just tweaked my Windows xp installation the way I like it, and now its time to backup my data!
I just bought Acronis True Image home 2010 and I have some questions.
Now when I go through the options to create an image of my entire 15GB installation, I am presented by a check box that says "back up sector by sector" What is the difference between sector by sector back and and regular back up?

Will the regular backup option backup my OS state and settings as well?
 

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Thanks, 3456!
I just made an image of my entire disk.
Is there a way I can test to see if the procedure worked?
I Don't have a second computer, so will virtualbox work or maybe a live CD?
 

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What is the difference between sector by sector back and and regular back up?
Regular backup just backs up the sectors with data in them. Sector by sector backs up every sector on the disk. Use the regular backup for FAT, NTFS and EXT2/3 file systems. If the disk contains a file system that TI does not understand, use sector by sector.
 

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I had a second hard drive which I use to test my backup procedure from time to time... Not sure how to check this without a full restore. Validating the backup from Acronis is one step but I am not sure I would trust that by itself...
 

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before you change by adding new stuff use the product for what you got it for learn now before later is way to late do a restore you will feel better knowing it works I do three back up on a fresh install 1 raw os only, 2 bare basic software needs, then a final image when everuthing is installed and tweaked.
 

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I doubt Virtualbox will be useful for this process. A second drive is the best bet. It could be internal or external SATA. USB should also work but Windows might choke during boot.
 
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