Subscriber Chet wrote me after I wrote recently in my email newsletter about Acronis True Image:
Why do I like Acronis True Image? You probably have a set of recovery CD’s or DVD’s for your computer. Or, perhaps you have a recovery partition on your hard drive. Either way, the recovery system is a manufacturer-created backup that will let you return your hard drive to factory condition.
Acronis True Image makes similar images of a hard drive — but makes them with all your customizations, software and data. You an restore the whole drive, a single partition, or even specific files and folders. Image backups let you get back in operation quickly and easily.
hi terry i want to buy the acronis 10 backup but i have no
idea how it works even after reading everything about it. does it
keep my backup on THEIR SITE? if not how do i regain my hard drive
info if i have to format my hardrive? also i don’t have a dvd burner
only a cd writer. can you explain? thanks
I wrote back to Chet to tell him that Acronis True Image backs up onto your external hard drive, another hard drive in your computer or another computer on your home network.
You can create a boot CD from it that will boot your computer and let
you do the reinstall from an image you’ve created.
Backing up to an external hard drive is the easiest way — or, like I
do, back up to another computer on my network. When I have to
reinstall, I’ll boot the CD and reinstall across the network or copy
the image file to an external hard drive and connect them to my
computer to do the reinstall.
Chet wrote back to say:
wow! THANKS for the quick reply however i am still running a usb 1 or
1.1 and not 2 so i don’t think an external hd would work from what i
have heard..also i have a single computer and not on a network. maybe
you can suggest another way for me to back my drive..i have about 75%
free space on a 60gig hard drive and it would probably take 195 cd’s to
back the stuff up..(WELL MAYBE NOT THAT MANY..LOL)
I wrote back to Chet to say that, in my experience, USB 2.0 external drives work on USB 1.1 also, just much slower. I used to back up my old Dell Inspiron 5000 notebook to an external drive – and the notebook only had USB 1.1.
A much better solution is to add a USB 2.0 PCI card to your computer — adding 2 to 4 USB 2.0 ports to your computer. Price range should be in the $10-$30 range for a USB 2.0 adapter card.
Don’t even think about backing up to DVDs or CDs. You’d do it once and never again…