Subscriber Norm was unsure how to effectively use Acronis True Image Home 2011 and wrote ome to ask about it. I don’t normally interleave responses when turning the emails into articles, but that was the cleanest way to address the issues in this article without restating all Norm’s questions in my response.
I am hoping you can help me. I received my download of Acronis True Image Home 2010 a couple of weeks ago and have updated it to the 2011 version. I have managed to do some backing up, I think!!! and some restoring, although I am still a little unsure of how to use it properly and don’t feel all that confident.
I wrote to you back in July with some questions about Acronis and explained to you how my hard disk has been partitioned by the guy that built my Asus Computer for me. The “C” partition is 68Gb which holds basically the Windows XP operating system and associated programs, Service Pack 3, Internet Explorer 8 etc and the “H” partition holds all the other stuff like my Itunes library, all my games etc.
All the stuff I have in the PC I need to protect as all my household bills are managed online as is my banking. I also do a bit of dabbling in the Stock Market and have a program loaded which looks after that side of things.
I have over 5000 tracks loaded into my Itunes folder which would be a nightmare if I were to loose that lot. So I think I have chosen the right way to go by selecting the one click back-up to constantly back up the whole system but the part I am just not sure of is how to work with it.
I don’t use the one-click. I select the partitions I want backed up, and when I want them backed up.
I do not use the “constantly back up” function either, so I can’t really comment on it. Of course, if you use that, your destination drive has to be connected all the time.
I am using a 270Gb USB-TECH portable hard drive unit to back up to. Do I connect this to the PC and leave it constantly connected.
NO! Portable hard drives are not meant for continuous use. Really, I don’t think that full-size external drives are either.
My real point is that a constantly connected external drive is simply another drive with a copy of the files on it. Any malware, lightning strike, virus, or whatever affecting the computer is likely to affect the external drive that you have connected all the time.
If you want to call it a backup, you have to disconnect it and put it away.
Do I have to click on the ATIH icon to start the program each time or does it just happen once the PC starts.
You can start it manually, or you can create a scheduled backup task. With an external drive, do NOT keep it connected all the time. Connect it and run ATIH manually.
Or now that it has backed everything up, IE, I have a “C” back-up, an “H” back-up and a System back-up showing in my back-up list, do I leave it until I have finished what I am doing and before switching the PC off, connect and switch on the portable hard-drive and leave it to back up.
Whenever you want to back up, you can do it. I prefer to back up when I’m not doing anything else, so I know that the files are all consistent — that I’m not using a program and get some changes backed up, but others (that I make later in that program session) not backed up because Acronis finished that directory earlier.
Do I have to ask it to back up again by selecting the appropriate settings or will it just remember how I set it up to back everything up from the first time.
If you set up a schedule, it will remember the schedule. My choice would be to set up a schedule, but set it to run manually. Then, trigger it manually when you want to run it.
I keep reading through the pages and pages of instructions for using the ATIH program but just seem to get more and more confused and uncertain each time.
Any help or advice you can give me Terry would be very much appreciated. Is there anything like “A Dummies Guide To Using Acronis True Image Home 2011”? because I feel I could sure use one.
Not that I know of. BUT, Acronis has “Chat” tech support via their web site.
That could be another little project for you Terry, a nice little earner for you as well. I sure wouldn’t mind paying for an idiots guide for something like this.
Thank you in advance Terry, take care.
Kindest regards, Norm
After receiving my email answering his questions about Acronis True Image Home 2011, Norm quickly wrote back to say:
Hi again Terry.
Just a line to say thanks ever so much for answering so quickly. It makes a lot of sense what you pointed out so I shall certainly follow your advice, thanks again Terry.
Kindest regards, Norm