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This question is prompted by a comment in another thread.

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I don't do much in the way of dual booting any more except that I run Windows 7 and 10 on my laptop. Since the days of dual booting Windows XP and Vista I have had a practice of 'isolating' each system drive from the other OS. In the days of XP and Vista tie issue was that the Restore Point system in Vista would destroy Restore Points created by XP. My solution was to go to Drive Management and remove the drive letter for the other OS in each OS. This worked just fine and no more issue with Vista killing XP's Restore Points.

I have tried the beginnings of an experiment with Acronis True Image. If I set up an Acronis image schedule and then remove the image drive letter in Drive Management Acronis can still access and do images even though Windows 10 cannot see the drive.

I guess that my question is if doing such an isolation of my image drive would help to protect it against ransomware and/or other infections?

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That to me is doing it the hard way. If you really really want to protect other attached drives you need Pumpernickel. So if you use a drive for Acronis images you can lock the drive so nothing can write to it, and then allow Acronis to write to it.

Tested against real ransom ware and it works.


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Can you provide a link or url for pumpernickel? It sounds interesting.

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But be aware this isn't for the squeamish. There is no gui. It is just a driver you install manually an is controlled by editing an ini file. If you want some help with it let me know.

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