Yes I did it all on all with no help at
When you install the product and the backblaze dialoge
box opens the only thing I noticed is on the windows pc
you need to read the box with the jaws curser to get all
the info and you can even click in jaws mode.
But it is all automatic and very easy to
Any questions contact me off list.
By works great, do you mean it
does not require sighted assistance?
"There's a nap for that." - an
anonymous cat in a window in Portland, Oregon.
I use backblaze on 1 windows pc,
and 2 macs and it works great
I have never tried any of the
cloud based backup software. Lets see if anyone else has
How about back blaze.
Can that be used?
There are blind people on these
list that I trust. Some use Image for Windows backup
software which isn’t free but it will let you create a
restore/recovery disk that has the screen reader Narrator
that you can use to recover your PC if Windows isn’t
working at all.
Some use Macrium Reflect which is
free. But it does require eye sight to recover your PC
if Windows isn’t working. Maybe it is possible to use a
talking Windows PE with Macrium Reflect to recover without
vision. I’m just not sure. But, If you have access to
eye sight, recovery isn’t suppose to be very difficult.
just clone their drive with Casper. I am not
familiar with that process
IFW and MR, it is necessary to boot up off of a
restore/recovery disk to restore the drive. That
means two things for the blind user.
have to be able to boot your PC with the recovery
DVD or thumb drive. And, Changing your PC so it
will boot up from something other than its primary
drive requires sighted help. That means changing
the boot sequence in BIOS or, using the correct
function key to temporarily change the boot up
Once you are booted in to a recovery environment you
will again need sighted help to restore your PC if
this recovery environment has no speech .
others here who have more experience with backup and
cloning software. But, I can tell you that it is
critical to have backups of your important data.
<firstname.lastname@example.org> On Behalf Of Arkadiusz
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 11:24 PM
Accessible System Backup Image software, (WAS) the latest
update to jaws 2020 giving me a fit
Wow, interesting that I have
never heard of this software. One never stops learning.
I think it is what ever you get
accustomed to using. Image for Windows did cost me around
$40, but it has always worked to restore my hard drives.
You can use IFW to create a
recovery disk that includes Narrator so you have a screen
reader to use to restore your PC. That is an absolute
necessity if Windows is so messed up that your PC won’t
boot up in to Windows.
Since this recovery disk has to
be bootable for disaster recovery, you would need to
change your PC’s boot sequence in the BIOS. That requires
eye sight but it is a one time change.
In my case, instead of getting
someone to change my boot sequence in the BIOS, I use F11
and some additional key strokes to force Windows to boot
up from the boot media which can be either a DVD or a
thumb drive again, created with the IFW software.
Its been so long since I created
the boot media that I do not have clear recollection as to
how it was accomplished. The directions are in the IFW
manual. I suspect that there are several members on these
list who can provide you with the directions to create the
boot media and provide directions on how to get a crippled
PC to boot from the media if you do not want to get
someone to change your boot sequence in your PC’s BIOS.
The best of luck,
Is that image for Windows a good
solution? I am also searching for a good backup software.
I’m guessing that there is a typo
in your response.
What do I need to run to tell
when check boxes are checked?
And, in my Version of Image for
Windows, something like V3... there is a check box in
settings that is called accessible check boxes. You can
check this to cause Jaws to see the state of the check
But, You will still have to use
the Jaws/or equivalent cursor to tell that they are
checked in some places in the menus. Also, in some places
in the menus, you will see a PLUS SIGN instead of a
checkbox for example, to indicate that a drive has been
selected to be added to the back up process.
In my particular case, on all 3
of my laptops, I just hit the space bar to put a PLUS SIGN
in front of my primary drive/C drive to do a full back
up. IFW has never let me down with Windows 7 or Windows
10 and I have done recoveries on all 3.
Runjcortona Microsoft speech and
they will read
I use Image for Windows, but do
you know how to make the checkboxes accessible? It is
something in an ini-file.
Best regards René H. Nielsen
Drive Image Backup and Restore Suite is 100% accessible
beginning to end, including the recovery disk. There's an
option to set in an INI file when building the recovery
disk that will automatically start Narrator when said disk
is booted. Works a treat, as they say. Best fifty bucks
you'll ever spend on your computer. http://www.terabyteunlimited.com
5/3/2020 12:57 PM, David Griffith wrote:
use a solution which is I suppose is 3/4 accessible.
Snapshot will allow a fully accessible disc image
backup. Provided you can get into Windows at all the
restore of the image is also a fully accessible. You
simply select the image you want to restore to and
Snapshot will simply restart your computer and about 20
minutes later you will hear your screen reader announce
your Windows login for the restored image. I have done
this several times with success without sighted help.
Where it falls down is if your system is in such a state
it cannot boot into Windows. The developers provide an
ISO file to create a bootable CD drive but of course
there is no speech here on that disc. They did tell me
what I needed to type once the CD loaded to restore
windows but in practice in these situations I have
always resorted to sighted help and a fresh windows
If you boot to Win PE, you can use
7Zip to zip up your HD and unzip it if you
need to at a later time.
Also, when you do this, you can
delete two system files that are temp files,
and will save you the amount of twice your
So if you have 4GB of RAM, you can
save 8GB by deleting pagefile.sys and
hiberfil.sys before zipping up your HD, and
windows will recreate those two files on
They are just temp files Windows
uses as virtual memory.
----- Original Message -----
Sunday, May 03, 2020 11:31 AM
Accessible System Backup Image software, (WAS)
the latest update to jaws 2020 giving me a fit
I know this has been addressed
before, but could someone suggest an
accessible system backup image program that is
easy to use independently, and that works well
I routinely back up all my files,
but would like to be able to back up my
complete hard drive if possible.
Until now, I’ve always understood
that these backup image programs have
accessibility issues at certain points, but
perhaps I’m wrong.
On Sun, May 3, 2020 at 08:26 AM,
Rick Mladek wrote:
Too obvious to be a mere
If you have had this occur, twice,
you should be looking at something being wrong
with your hardware.
Application software has never, in my decades
of experience, corrupted any OS (and I don't
count viruses or malware as "application
You are, however, giving people very good
advice with regard to having a backup protocol
and taking full system image backups on a
routine cycle. The number of things that have
the potential to cause a system to crash are
numerous, and generally related to people
screwing around with the OS itself in ways
they shouldn't or drive failure. Having a
backup saves you untold time and grief.
Brian - Windows
10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 1909, Build 18363
The purpose of education is not
to validate ignorance but to overcome it.
~ Lawrence Krauss