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How To Use Acronis Backup Software

In a previous article I discussed how important it is to backup your computer data. Are you wondering where email and favourite data is stored? In this article I will describe how to backup your computer data using Acronis True Image Home 2009. Upgrade to 2011 for only $29.99!.

Acronis has been in existence for roughly eight years now. I have been using Acronis for the last 5 years in a PC repair business. It has never failed to accomplish a task thrown at it. It truly is first grade software. I don’t know about you, but my data is important, I could ill afford to lose a portion of it let alone all of it.

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As you can see we are using Acronis True Image Home 2009 version for this lesson. If you would like to backup your entire computer onto an external drive do the following:

  • Click “Backup”
  • Click “My Computer”
  • Select the drive you would like to backup ex: C:\
  • Select “Create New backup archive”
  • In the backup location box type “D:\backup.tib” (presuming D:\ is your external drive
  • In the next box you can select how often you would like the backup to occur for example we will choose “weekly”
  • Next you can select what time you would prefer the backup to run (note: make sure your external device is plugged into the computer when the backup is scheduled to run)
  • In the next box you can select what kind of backup you prefer, incremental and differential backups can get rather messy over time, here you can choose “Full Backup”. I like to create a full backup once a week and then rename the file after it has been backed up. This way I always have a good copy without worrying if a virus got in.
  • In the next box you can select to exclude backup of hidden files and folders, system files and folders and exclude temp files etc. I suggest leaving this page as is and clicking “Next”
  • On the next screen you have numerous choices. You can select a password to protect the archive from prying eyes. You can run batch commands after the archive has been created. You can choose your compression level, ie: make the file as small as possible, which I always do. For the backup priority under backup performance I always choose “Low” because it takes less system resources. I always choose “Maximum” under hard drive writing speeds. If you are backing up a system at work and would like to be emailed on whether the backup was successful or not enter your email data here. For archive splitting you can choose “Automatic and let the program determine sizes or you can choose a size like 4.7GB if you want to put the files on DVD disc. I always choose “Automatic” because I backup to an external drive. If you have a faulty drive and previous backups have failed you can choose “ignore faulty sectors” in order to complete your backup. Finally you can choose whether or not to validate the archive when it is completed. I always choose “validate”.
  • On the next screen you will see a summary of all your choices, if you are comfortable with the choices click “Proceed”.

Congratulations you have completed the backup process and all of your data is safely stored away on your external hard drive.

As you get more comfortable using Acronis True Image backup software you will be able to backup individual files rather than the complete system. I always create a full backup of the entire system once a week. I backup individual files such as the Documents directory, picture directory, favourites directory, email directories etc every single day I use my system, ok, ok, maybe I miss the odd day here and there but still, be methodical or better yet be anal about it, you can never be too safe.