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P73 Thunderbolt 3 image backup and USB boot stick for restore

2019-10-13, 18:31 PM

My P73 just arrived and am looking at backup/external storage solution.

 

My P73 has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and I am thinking of getting the Samsung X5 2GB Thunderbolt 3 SSD external drive:

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GBTY82P/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

 

I'm also using Acronis TI backup 2020.  I made a test backup to a Samsung portable SSD, model T1, which was attached to one of the P73 USB 3.1 ports.  The backup went reasonably fast (not much on the machine yet), and ATI shows the backup speed was 550 Mbps for the job.

 

ATI 2020 also has a replicate feature, where you can upload the backup image, automatically, to the ATI server after the local backup is complete. This happens in the background, and it took about 2 hrs. So I have a local backup and an identical cloud backup all from within ATI with no extra setup work.

 

In ATI 2020, I used Tool>Rescue Media Bulder> "Simple" to create a bootable USB stick, which, according to ATI, "is configured to suite this computer best."

 

In theory, this USB stick may (or may not) have the necessary drivers for the Lenovo P73 Thunderbolt 3 ports and the Lenovo USB 3.1 ports. If I boot from the USB stick, I should (well I "hope") then be able to access the backup image on my TB3 or USB 3 device.

 

Admittedly this post on the Acronis forum for ATI 2017 makes me a little worried about having the correct drivers.

https://forum.acronis.com/forum/acronis-true-image-mac-forum/can-acronis-ti-2017-back-thunderbolt-3-device-under-windows-10-64-bit

 

Can anyone share any experience or advice on how seamlessly ATI will work for recovery?

Thanks

Lenovo P73
Two Nvme 1TB Drives
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Re: P73 Thunderbolt 3 image backup and USB boot stick for restore

2019-10-13, 18:39 PM

Hello and welcome,

 

Here's a little different approach to what you're looking for (if I understand that correctly...):

 

FOB Story II

 

Your TB external seems very expensive.   Perhaps this is a reasonable alternative if it does what you need.  Bootable Acronis and the backup itself on the same relatively inexpensive external device.

 

(Full disclosure: that's my own little blog.  There's nothing Lenovo-specific that I can think to link...)

 

[edit to add] I made one of these for my neighbor who uses it regularly on client machines.  Seems to do well and is very fast compared to running backups to an external spinner.  Perhaps not as fast as that TB external you linked.

 

[another edit to add] I'm not pushing that adapter and certainly not that SSD.  The Crucial was a good choice for me: well priced and fast enough to suit the setup.  It probably doesn't have the endurance of some more expensive choices so I likely wouldn't pick it for a primary drive that would see much more traffic.

 

Z.


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Re: P73 Thunderbolt 3 image backup and USB boot stick for restore

2019-10-14, 22:32 PM

I'm using ATI 2020 for the backups for all of my systems, the latest being a P53 which just arrived last week. I have a two level backup process for all of my systems which consist of a dedicated WD 4TB My Passport external HDD (about $119) and a Netgear NAS 4TB server. The external drives are USB 3.0 bootable and contain both the recovery environment from ATI and all of the incremental backups from the system. I backup to the NAS (full backups) once per month. I've been using this scheme for the past 3 years with no issues. The advantage of the USB drive over a stick is reliability. I've never had a backup drive failure in over 3 years.


P53 XEON 2276 BIOS 1.19 OLED UHD 4K Multi-touch display, 96GB RAM, RTX5000, RAID 1, 1TB x 2 Samsung PM981, 1TB PM981, WWAN
P70 XEON 1505, BIOS 2.32, 4k Display, 64GB, M3000M NVIDIA GPU, RAID1 1TB Samsung PM981 PCIe-NVMe SSD x 2, 2x Samsung 850 Pro 1TB SSD. EM7455 WWAN
P1. BIOS 1.25,Xeon Processor, 4k UHD IPS multi-touch display, 32GB, PM981 1TB x 2, RAID1

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Re: P73 Thunderbolt 3 image backup and USB boot stick for restore

2020-01-05, 8:05 AM
Can your P73 connect to the Samsung X5 2GB Thunderbolt 3 SSD external drive?
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Re: P73 Thunderbolt 3 image backup and USB boot stick for restore

2020-01-05, 13:15 PM

No clue.


P53 XEON 2276 BIOS 1.19 OLED UHD 4K Multi-touch display, 96GB RAM, RTX5000, RAID 1, 1TB x 2 Samsung PM981, 1TB PM981, WWAN
P70 XEON 1505, BIOS 2.32, 4k Display, 64GB, M3000M NVIDIA GPU, RAID1 1TB Samsung PM981 PCIe-NVMe SSD x 2, 2x Samsung 850 Pro 1TB SSD. EM7455 WWAN
P1. BIOS 1.25,Xeon Processor, 4k UHD IPS multi-touch display, 32GB, PM981 1TB x 2, RAID1

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