Using Acronis 11- Please can I have a bit of help?

  buel 07:39 02 Jun 2013

Hi, I've FINALLY got around to backing up my laptop after years of preaching to anyone who'll listen about the importance of backing up. Last night I used Acronis 11's 'Back up' option which apparently backs up my files, folders, application settings and email accounts on my hard drive. I then thought I should clone my hard drive so went to that option and I didn't fully understand what the following meant: 'Note that you have to remove the old hard drive when data moving is completed'.

I don't understand this, I thought that I could clone my hd to an external hd and use that in case of any emergencies? Please can someone explain why I would have to remove my hd?

Thank you in advance.

  buel 08:08 02 Jun 2013

PS- Is the 'Back up' that I have made the same as 'making an image back up'? The file that now appears on my ext. hd is a '.tib'?

  Nontek 08:49 02 Jun 2013

Cloning - Acronis is assuming that when you clone a drive you are intending to replace your drive with a newer or larger drive, that is why it says remove old drive - this is just what Cloning is meant for!

The .tib file IS your back-up! This should be saved, as you have done, to a separate drive for use at some time in the future if or when your PC has a severe problem and you wish to return it to a good state, exactly as it was at time of creating the back-up.

If you ever need to restore your full back-up, you simply open Acronis, highlight your back-up and click on Restore. Restore does not take as long as creating the back-up.

I make full back-ups every month at least, or after making any significant changes to my PC.

  john bunyan 08:51 02 Jun 2013

Also read this:

Other thread

  john bunyan 08:56 02 Jun 2013

I will do a more comprehensive reply later! Nontek is quite right. When you made made your image, do "verify" it. Look up the details in the user guide - a pdf is available!

Acronis True Image 11 User guide

  buel 09:51 02 Jun 2013

Nontek and John, that is fantastic and incredibly helpful, thank you so much. I will verify the back up now.

One more question- I have made my back up, made an Acronis bootable DVD, is there anything else you would advise I do, other than making monthly back ups?

  Nontek 11:06 02 Jun 2013

Nothing else to advise, you are doing it all OK. Well done.

  john bunyan 12:40 02 Jun 2013

Well done! As I said before in another thread, in my case I have my main drive partitioned into 100 gig (C:) for programmes and the rest for data. Then I just do ATI images of the C drive, using Freefilesynch (not suitable for programmes, only data)more or less daily to make a mirror image of data This is very quick after the first time . Maybe leave that for now. I also find it easier to a "full" rather than incremental back up, and before doing it run anti virus and anti malware scans and a defragment. Glad you have sorted it!!

PS I keep 2 "good" images, and when I do a third one, I ditch the oldest one to save space. JB

  Nontek 12:45 02 Jun 2013

I agree with john bunyan - i.e. I never do anything but Full Backups.

  buel 13:43 02 Jun 2013

Absolutely fantastic advice, i owe you all big time. Thank you so much! I especially liked the advice of keeping the newest 2 back ups and deleting the oldest. I remember years ago I had an ext. hd full of back ups. Lol.

Thank you so much!! No incremental back ups for me.

  buel 13:49 02 Jun 2013

Damn it- Quick one (and that's it, I promise) 1. I notice that in my ext. hd, apart from the expected .tib file, there are three files named similar to DFR2164.tmp?

  1. I seem to remember years ago that I could burn my .tib files to DVD? However, using Acronis today I notice that the .tib file is one huge one so there is no way of burning that to DVD? (I was just trying to be ultra careful here)

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