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If you decided to replace your existing system
drive, with another which is of a larger capacity, can 7-zip expand a backup
to take advantage of the extra capacity on the new drive?
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Sent: Thursday, May 7, 2020 4:01 PM
Subject: Re: Accessible System Backup
Image software, (WAS) the latest update to jaws 2020 giving me a fit
Well my solution which is simple and totally
accessible is to boot to a talking Win PE and use the 7Zip program that is on
the talking Win PE to zip up the drive.
As I have mentioned, the Windows I am using now
was unzipped onto this drive and this method works well.
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Sent: Thursday, May 07, 2020 1:20 AM
Subject: Re: Accessible System Backup Image software, (WAS) the
latest update to jaws 2020 giving me a fit
I have never tried any of the cloud based backup
software. Lets see if anyone else has any suggestions.
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
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.
Others just clone their drive with Casper. I am
not familiar with that process
But, with 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.
First, You 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 sequence.
Second, 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 .
There are 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.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> On Behalf Of
Sent: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 11:24
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
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
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
What do I need to run to tell when check boxes are
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
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
Terabyte 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
On 5/3/2020 12:57 PM, David Griffith
I 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
Also, when you do this, you can delete
two system files that are temp files, and will save you the amount of
twice your RAM.
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
----- Original Message -----
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 with Jaws?
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
On Sun, May 3, 2020 at 08:26 AM, Rick Mladek
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 software.")
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
The purpose of education is not
to validate ignorance but to overcome it.