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Replace Factory Acronis Image on NI PXI Controllers

Primary Software: PXI Platform Services
Primary Software Version: 2.3.2
Primary Software Fixed Version: N/A
Secondary Software: N/A

Problem:
What is Acronis, and can I replace the factory image on my NI PXI controller?

Solution:
Acronis is a software package that allows users to create a duplicate copy of your hard drive or  restore from a back-up copy.  This back-up can be stored on CD's or a separate partition on the hard drive.

You are unable to modify the protected Acronis image that National Instruments provides on the hard drive.  However, you do have the option to back up to a network drive, network computer, or USB Hard drive using the software provided. For more information, reference the KnowledgeBase 51KC63R7: Use Acronis to Create a Backup Image on a Controller.

Note: If you are in the process of purchasing a PXI controller, you are able to work with the National Instruments System Assurance Program to have a customized factory image that includes any National Instruments software installed on the PXI controller.

If you would like to replace the image that is present on the NI PXI controller, or create a locked factory controlled partition on your PXI controller as National Instruments provides, you will need to use  Acronis® True Image Home 2010 or newer which is available from Acronis. NI PXI and PXIe controllers typically come with Acronis True Image OEM 2009 or 2010. According to the Acronis website, versions 2012, 2011 and 2010 of True Image Home are backwards compatible with back-up files created by 2009 and 2010.  This additional functionality would then be supported by Acronis and not National Instruments.

Related Links:
External Site: Acronis Customer Service & Support
External Site: Acronis Backwards Compatibility
KnowledgeBase 2ZKC02OK: Hard Drive Recovery and OS Installation for PXI and VXI Controllers
KnowledgeBase 51KC63R7: Use Acronis to Create a Backup Image on a Controller

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Report Date: 04/29/2009
Last Updated: 06/18/2012
Document ID: 4WS7TEPJ

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