Subscriber and friend Ron Spruell wrote to tell me another trick he uses with Acronis True Image:
A few weeks ago I submitted a solution to backing up with Acronis using Windows Scheduled Tasks. The trick is that the Scheduled Tasks must have a user ID and a PASSWORD. A blank password will not work. My solution was to create a new Administrative User "backup" with the password "backup". This works great until you get ready to restore the C drive from Windows. It will not work. Acronis reboots, but will not do the restore.
There are 2 solutions:
1. Login to Windows as backup. The restore will reboot and restore C as you would expect. If you are logged in as the normal user, the Acronis reboot script files do not get written properly.
2. You can also boot from the Bootable Rescue Media.
Experience is a wonderful thing. I always use 1.
Great — thanks for the tips, Ron. I never thought of using a backup userID in that manner.
By the way, Acronis has finally made the "full version" CD of Acronis True Image Home readily available to licensed users, as of version 2010.
The "full version" CD runs under PC-DOS. The version included as the "Bootable Rescue Media" in earlier versions runs under an old version of Linux.
My Dell Inspiron 8600 would not boot from the Bootable Rescue Media in the earlier versions, and I had to contact support to get the full version ISO each time, and burn my own CD for rescue booting.
In Acronis True Image Home 2010, the Create Bootable Rescue Media creates a CD with the full version of ATIH 2010. That is a very welcome change.
After you sign up for an account at www.acronis.com, you can log into your My Account page. From there, you can download updated versions of your ATIH software. You can also download the full version ISO version. If you use BartPE, the ATIH module for BartPE is also available there.