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I'm trying to image the hard drive which has System, Windows and Acronis Secure Zone partitions. On my original machine I have recovery menu prompt ["Please press F11..."]. I'm able to image it over without any issues but once I try to apply this image file to the other drive I'm not able to open Recovery Option; no 'Press F11 key...' message appears and system boots straight into Windows.

Below are the image methods that I tried so far:

  1. Clonezilla smart backup raw backup

  2. Acronis True Image raw/sector-by-sector backup

  3. Ghost raw backup - crashes on recovery

  4. Ghost for Linux raw backup

I would assume that if I backup sector by sector I should have a full image with mbr records and other extra stuff (i.e. Recovery Prompt). But every-time I try to apply the image I'm not able to use Acronis Secure Zone at all (I do see it under the Disk Management).

Any advice would be really appreciated.

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You have created A sector by sector image with Acronis and it failed? – Ramhound Aug 20 '13 at 19:18
@Ramhound That's right (unless I misconfigured something during backup/recovery process). I have a feeling that installation of the Acronis Secure Zone attached to SN of the hard drive or some other information that prevents it from running – Timka Aug 20 '13 at 19:29
Have you tried to create an image with everything except the secure section? – Ramhound Aug 20 '13 at 21:12
@Ramhound Yep, I tried that and it works perfectly. The thing is that I need this Secure Zone (which contains the system backup) as a recovery option for our clients – Timka Aug 21 '13 at 15:24
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