The CF-19 MK5 "Acronis hates me" triple(?) build and rebuild thread...

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  1. thewanderlustking

    thewanderlustking Notebook Consultant

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    I wondered about doing that. Even still it doesn’t solve the issue of getting the backup file off the Mac. Or the fact that the attempt that almost worked, left me with a corrupt image.

    Image... maybe I burned that to dvd last time?
     
  2. Shawn

    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    Format the usb as exFat--Macs will write exFat.. Windows and Linux reads exFat
     
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    Yep, but Acronis doesn't read ExFAT....

    Last night I was using an external USB platter drive. I am clearing off a flash drive right now to go ahead and try this. Still have to then put the image file on it, then likely transfer that off onto a PC. I will see if Acronis reads the ExFAT flash drive, but not much hope since it didn't read the ExFAT usb platter.
     
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    You can build the Acronis Windows PE Rescue Media which does support exFAT.
     
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    Well I am giving up on Acronis for now. I have spent more time messing with it than just starting over from scratch. I finally got the recovery image visible to the Acronis loader. And I still can't get it to go through the process!!!

    It took maybe ten minutes to load Windows. I have the driver one click bundle and the other items I need transferring over to a USB drive now.
     
  6. Toughbook

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    If you are building 1 or 2 laptops you're crazy not to load everything from scratch in my opinion. I just like knowing all drivers and programs have been installed and that I can watch each one install and know it works 100%. I have had certain MK models where something works on one but not another the same way... And I tire of chasing the rabbit.

    I can't tell you how many times I have spent 4 hours trying to find a simpler way to do a 1 hour job... Just because I wanted to know if I could.

    I used Acronis a few times to clone disks when I was selling a large order of CF-29s to one person or business. (Back when I did that full-time.) Since it is now a hobby... I like taking my time.
     
  7. thewanderlustking

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    Loading Windows and the driver one click bundle on these is pretty easy and fast. Looking the updates for windows and then tweaking every little detail, takes easily 2 days...

    The first MK5 is done and gone! Not too far away, I saw it sitting on the back of a Ford today crunching away on logging into the security module! It is so nice to build these things because they get USED and ABUSED like they should!

    My Combat Air Command MK5 now has its SSD installed and W7 up and running. I need to do the driver bundle and updates. I didn't have anything critical on it that wasn't backed up, or too difficult to get back. The MK1 on the other hand...

    Okay full install, check. But how about using the Acronis backup to then sort out the drivers, windows configuration, programs and files?

    MY MK1 will be a NIGHTMARE to reload the drivers on.... And it has a couple bits of specialized software that was not too easy to configure.
     
  8. Toughbook

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    Yes... I love seeing them abused. I had one business where I built them 8 CF-29s. A few years later the guy calls me and tells me that his CF-29 has been working correctly for years in the port replicator but he needs to take it out in the field again. I asked him why he couldn't just disconnect and go. He said it had been run over and crushed by a bulldozer years ago... The screen and top were shattered as was the keypad... But it worked great for years in the port replicator with an external screen and keyboard! I laughed... There is no other laptop in the world that could have survived that and continue working as his did!

    If you are doing full install... Do the full install! You want all the little registry entries and such to go where they should on your new rig!

    Is it possible to do as you mention? Yes. Is it preferable? Not in my opinion.
     
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    Toughbooks are the ONLY laptops I have used where the main reason for removal from the field is usually software outgrowing the machine. My orange CF-19 id an antique in computer terms, and it is still going STRONG! When I got it 5yrs ago, the lid had been damaged by what I was told was a bullet ricochet. How many computers can get "shot" snd still keep going?!

    I have only managed to destroy one Toughbook in an incident I probably shouldn't talk about.... The "P.C." story version is the laptop got "tossed" 30', missed its target -=cough=- and hit a concrete floor. It was a CF-72 and shattered the screen and snapped it off. I think the DVD drive popped out and got broken too. I am sure it could have been fixed, but it was already showing its "software age."

    My first CF-71 was given to a friend. It had been running Windows ME and somehow it was STILL up and running 3yrs ago! He couldn't still use it on the internet and he had just swapped it to linux so he could keep using it.

    Lol anyways... These machines just stay with you.

    Well, I guess for the MK1 I will need to grab another HDD caddy. I simply can't afford having it down for the time it will take to get it running W7. Due to lack of drivers bundles, or even correct W7 drivers...
     
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    I have a similar story but mine stayed together. I brought my CF-30 into a customers place and he joked that it must be military and have the nuclear missile codes. (I get that a lot.) I told him that I like them because they are tough. He asked how tough. Well... He had a huge showroom with a polished concrete floor. I threw the Toughbook about 15 feet or so. It landed on its corner edge and dented the corner a little but put a big scratch in his floor. He laughed because he thought I broke my laptop. I opened it up and continued with the meeting. Needless to say, he was shocked.

    These have a great end of life use too if you like... The only laptop you can use while the processor is able to handle software of the day... AND after.

    Thermite!

    'Nuff said!
     
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