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Is there a Mount Image tool for Acronis True Image 2010 home edition? I do not want to install the software, just view contents of a .tib file created with Acronis True Image 2010 home?

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Only Acronis can understand .tib files.

If you don't want to install it, the only other option is to use the Acronis LiveCD, which is a boot CD that doesn't require installation.

There are products that take backups in universal formats, such as zip or iso.

Zip products do not normally take backups of the running system, but rather of selected directories.

Some free backup tools that can create an iso out of the running system are:

Disk2vhd
VMware vCenter Converter

You can also use a disk-imaging product that will image the whole disk to another.
However, such products do not compress the hard disk.
Disk compression normally requires a proprietary backup format.

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Thanks..that means a Vendor lock-in here!! Can you suggest any similar software which can provide the functionality i want? –  iceman Jun 12 '10 at 7:54
    
@iceman: I have added some more info. –  harrymc Jun 12 '10 at 9:10
    
@iceman: I must comment that I don't see anything wrong with vendor lock-in for a good product. I use Acronis myself, and am very satisfied. –  harrymc Jun 12 '10 at 11:39
    
thanks, let me try these tools and come back with comments and questions if any –  iceman Jun 14 '10 at 19:00
    
I'm not very keen on using Vmware : superuser.com/questions/79788/… and any time I tried using it one a live machine, it errors out : superuser.com/questions/82374/… . I'll try the MS tool and report. The problem with Acronis is even if its a very good tool,the .tib created by one version of it is not readable by another version. –  iceman Jun 15 '10 at 13:58

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