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I am posting this knowing it's pretty specific to Acronis True Image and thinking the odds are maybe small that anyone knows the answer, but ya never know.

I've had my series 2 box for a good while now and decided it was probably a good idea to make a backup image of the drive to keep on hand for when the drive finally dies.

I popped it out of the Tivo box and put it in a USB2 drive carrier and booted to the Acronis boot CD. While Acronis could see the disk, it thought the disk was empty so wouldn't allow it to be imaged. As a second test I put the drive in as a slave in a pc and tried again, with the exact same results.

I use this s'ware to back up Linux disks at work (mail server etc.) without a problem. Does Tive do something special to their disks to trip up imaging s'ware like this or is there something else going on here that I haven't thought of yet?

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HomeUser said:
You can make a "binary" backup using Ghost, DriveImage or Acronis.
I didn't see that as an option in my software, but it dawned on me just now that I don't have the exact same version of Acronis at home as I have at work. So that may explain why I can do a Linux disk backup at work and not at home. I'll investigate that tomorrow.

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HomeUser said:
Here is your chance to try the new WinMFS TiVo backup software that runs on Windows.
So from my bit of reading around here, am I correct in that I can't tell Acronis that I'm installing a new larger drive and let it just proportionally enlarge the partitions and end up with any more program storage?

(in the case where I'd double or so the physical HD size)

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HomeUser said:
You are correct, Acronis TI can only make a 1:1 binary copy.

MFSTools is what you need for backup, copying and/or changing the size of TiVo drives.
I certainly can't argue about the Acronis business because I've never tried to do it. It isn't that easy to find specific specifics on the Acronis help web site(s) but I did find the following statements with respect to Acronis 10 Home:

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Supported File Systems
• FAT16/32, NTFS, Linux Ext2, Ext3, ReiserFS, and Linux SWAP
• Special sector-by-sector support for other partitions and corrupted file
systems

Acronis® True Image 10 Home now includes the full capabilities of Acronis® Migrate Easy, the disk cloning and disk deployment solution.
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And under the Migrate Easy docs:

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Partition Management

Resizes transferred partitions to match new hard disk size;
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So on the surface it would appear that it could do what I was thinking, depending on exactly what sort of file system the Tivo uses. Is it not one of either Ext2 or 3?

George
 
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