moderated Re: Accessible System Backup Image software, (WAS) the latest update to jaws 2020 giving me a fit
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You can definitely boot IFW up off a 16GB thumb drive and then use Narrator to go get your back up image off of your USB external SSD or mechanical drive. You can also store your backup image on to a second drive in your PC if it has a second drive. You can also store images in separate particians on just one drive. However, using an external drive is the only safe place to store your backed up images. If you back up to a drive or partician that is connected to your PC, some malicious viruses can wipe out your back up images at the same time that it wipes out your primary drive.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> On Behalf Of Richard TurnerJames B
That helps greatly.
Two last questions:
How large does the bootable media need to be?
Can I boot up off a thumb drive, and then restore from a SSD flash drive?
Or do I need to make the SSD flash drive bootable?
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Richard said in part:
James, I have not followed this entire thread, But, are you saying that with Image For Windows you can have Narrator talk you through the restore process without any sighted help?
*Yes it is definitely [possible for a blind person to do a restore by themselves with the right preparation.
The recovery/restore disk that you must make with IFW is bootable and it does have Narrator included so you will have speech.
So, the problem is just that there are probably only 2 ways for a blind person to boot up their PC using any bootable thumb drive or DVD disk.
You can get a sighted person to make a one-time change in your PC’s BIOS which will always cause your PC to first look for something other than your PC’s primary drive. This would always allow you to boot up off of any bootable media with no additional changes.
The second option, which is what I always do is to use F12, I think it is F 12 on my particular laptops to do a one-time change to the boot sequence. This must be done every time that you want to boot up off of an IFW bootable medium. And it doesn’t matter how messed up your drive is, your PC will still boot from the bootable recovery DVD or thumb drive. Which ever way that you boot up, Narrator can be launched with the standard Windows command, Control+Windows+Enter. You can then restore your damaged PC and exit out to a new restart of your PC with your ehntire drive appearing just like it was the day that you created the back up. If the backup is 5 years old, then you will be restoring to that same 5 year old backup.
I hope this helps,
With Image for Windows Version 3… some of the check boxes in settings are checked by default and some are not. Routing the Jaws cursor to the PC will cause Jaws to anounce the status of check boxes. Note, in some places in the menus, you get a plus sign to let you know that something got added instead of a check box.
With the exceptions below, I recommend that you use the default settings if you are just trying to back up your Primary/C drive.
I always check the accessible check box. I also check the completion alarm so I know when the job is finished. There will be a few other check boxes and settings that are easy to understand and checking them is optional. But, I wouldn’t change any setting unless I was certain that I know exactly what I am doing.
I also check both the verification and the byte per byte verification. IFW will remember these settings if you answer yes to the prompt that ask if you want to save the settings.
IFW is an extremely complicated and powerful software suite and I never make additional changes and it has always worked for me. My backups are verified. And, around 6 times now, I have restored backups.
Once, I restored a backup that was created back when I was using Jaws Version 12 just to see if it would work. It did. It was strange to look at files and emails and an OS. that were over 5 years old.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> On Behalf Of Dave Durber
As you know, the check boxes on the items to which you are referring, , are not spoken by Jaws when you use the SPACE BAR, to either check or uncheck the items. By default, all the check boxes are unchecked. Once you have highlighted an item and tapped the SPACE BAR, to check it, route the JAWS cursor to the PC cursor, then, use the Read Current Line command and JAWS will announce whether the item is checked or not.