30775: Acronis True Image Home: Sector-By-Sector Restore

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Last update: 20-11-2013

You may need to do a sector-by-sector restore of a disk backup if it has a file system that was corrupted before the backup was made

This article applies to:

  • Acronis True Image Home 2012
  • Acronis True Image Home 2011


If you have a backup of a disk with corrupted file system (i.e. the file system was corrupted before the backup was made), you may need to do a sector-by-sector restore to unallocated space and run a checkdisk.


To do the sector-by-sector restore you will need:

Doing a sector-by-sector restore:

  1. Boot from Acronis Bootable Media;
  2. Select the disk backup that you need to restore;
  3. On the Recovery method step, select Recovery whole disks and partitions:

  4. On the What to recover step select the whole disk:

  5. On the New partition location step select Unallocated space:

    (!) Do not change the size of the restored backup at this point.

    (!) Make sure the size of the unallocated space is at least a little bigger than the size of the disk in the backup.

  6. The MBR will be recovered to the disk with unallocated space as well:

  7. Review the summary and hit Proceed:

  8. After the operation completes, run checkdisk with the repair option to fix the file system corruption:
    • Go to the Command Prompt (Start-Run -> cmd):

    • Enter the command:

      chkdsk DISK: /r

      where DISK is the drive letter of the partition you need to check. Please note that checking the C: drive may require you to reboot the machine.

      For example

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Please contact Acronis Support if you need assistance.