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It is important to perform this step before trying to restore your C partition. Otherwise all files create since the last backup will be lost. You can do it by booting from you recovery USB drive (recommended) or from Acronis recovery CD.
This is a very important step: Often in a rush people forget to copy some important files and restore the image on the drive destroying the file irrevocably.
In case of you use Acronis True Image some extra work should done to make your restore configuration as transparent for True Image as possible.
Minimal amount of drives should be connected. For example laptops should taken out of dock and USB drive should be connected directly to laptop port without any hubs. That increases the chances of success. But any program that relies on custom standalone loader works badly without Windows and that's a critical problem of this class of programs.
I think this is an irresolvable problem, so you need to find a way to avoid it completely (see below). Fortunately, with cheap USB drives available now this is possible and for Windows XP you can create a bootable copy from your backup and boot from it to make the process more transparent.
It is important that the clone of C-partition on this drive has your imaging program installed. If accidentally it is not installed not, it is not that difficult to install it.
This additional ability of bootable UCB drive to alleviate the time pressure is extremely important for success of the restore operation. In my experience the most stupid and most damaging for data blunders were done when I was under time pressure and need working computer "now".
I would like to stress it again: standalone (bootable) restore utility is a weak spot of any Ghost-like utility, even if WinPE is used for restoration like in Ghome 14 and 15.
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