Subscriber Richard Winn wrote for help regarding an older version of Acronis True Image:
Whilst backing up the partition, using Acronis TIH ver. 12, can I still use the computer..?
Also, I’m somewhat confuse as to the difference between ‘partition’ and ‘image’. All I want to do is to be able to restore my computer to the exact state it was in the event of a system failure.
OS Windows 7 Pro 64 bit.
I wrote back to Richard to say that his question would best be asked of Acronis Tech Support, if it’s not in the advertising or help file.
Personally, I do not use the computer when it’s making the image backups. I typically have my computer do them during the night.
If you continue to use your computer during the time the backup is made, if you have Acronis True Image "verify" the backup image, the verification will fail.
That’s because you will have changed some of the files. Web browser cache "Temporary Internet files" (cache) and cookies would cause the mismatch if you continued to surf the web. Even changing or moving a window or shortcut icon will change the values in the Windows Registry, which is really a file, so the verification would change.
That’s the main reason I don’t use the computer during the backup " I always have ATI verify the backup as part of the backup process, but I schedule the backup to occur during the night.
Finally, I pointed out that the current version is 2013 (build 5551). Acronis uses a YEAR as the major version number. They formerly used a version number, e.g. 7, 8, 9. I suspected that Richard meant ver.2012 and not ver.12, as they might not be the same (the numbering changeover was in the 2000’s and I don’t remember what the last 2-diigit version was).
Richard wrote back to report:
Thank you for your prompt and informative email. Err, yes it is version 2012 update 2. To upgrade, I’d have to buy version 2013, be it at a discount price of £25.00 so I’ll stick to my current version until funds allow.!
I understand your guidance re using the computer during backup…I’ll let it run when I’ve finishing using the computer tonight and set to verify the backup.
As mentioned I’m somewhat confused as to the difference between ‘partition’ and ‘image’. Assume it’s best to use the default “Disk and Partition” full back up the first time then run ‘incremental’ backups thereafter. As a full backup will use a large amount of drive space (I guess some 560MB), I’ll then run incremental backups which I assume will be faster and have a much smaller file size..?
Your help is much appreciated. Please forgive my inexperience in these matters.
I wrote back to Richard to refer him to a couple articles on Terry’s Computer Tips that discussed the concepts of drives and partitions: