Now that we’ve both installed Acronis True Image and created rescue media we can move on to actually backing up.
Our first effort will be a simple full backup of the machine.
This type of full backup is the “snapshot” backup you might take prior to doing something questionable – it’s this backup you’d then be able to revert to in case something goes wrong.
This is Leo Notenboom for AskLeo.net.
Now that we’ve installed Acronis and we’ve created our Rescue Media disk, it’s time to make a full backup.
To do that, we’ll click on backup.
We’ll click on my computer since we are going to create an image of the entire disk.
The disk we’re backing up is the C drive.
We’re going to create a new backup archive.
The default location that Acronis gave us is actually a bad idea, it’s actually backing up to the drive you are backing up.
So we’re going to specify a different drive.
And a name.
That drive can be a network location, as I’m using here, it can be an external USB drive, or whatever.
We’re not going to schedule a backup.
This is a full backup, in other words, we’re backing up absolutely everything.
We’re not going to exclude any files.
We’re going to change one option. I happen to like keeping the compression to its maximum.
It takes a little bit longer, but not much.
We’re not going to place any comments on this backup.
Here’s the summary of what we’re about to do.
And we’ll tell Acronis to go ahead and do it.
Now the initial estimate of the amount of time it’s going to take is actually going to be way off.
It’s probably going to be around an hour and a half or so.
In reality, this particular backup which turns out to be about ten megabytes after it’s all done – I’m sorry, ten gigabytes after it’s all done, will probably take about ten or 15 minutes.
In reality, this backup took about 25 minutes.
Your speed, of course, will vary depending on how fast your drives are or how fast your network connection is and, of course, how much you’re actually backing up.
And, that’s it.
We now have a full backup of this particular machine.
We can take a look at it in Windows Explorer and we’ll see demo backup, the file I just created, and that it’s actually 4 and a half gigabytes in size.
Now this was interesting to create a full backup manually all at once and that comes in handy from time to time.
But the real power, of course, is to be able to schedule those backups, both a full backup and, what we’ll call, an incremental backup.
That video is next.