So far we’ve manually created a single, full backup of our machine.
While that’s useful for various purposes, our next step will be to automate the process so we don’t have to think about it. We’ll
use Acronis to schedule an automatic, daily backup.
Now that we’ve created our first full backup of our machine, it’s time to let Acronis do its job every night, automatically, so that we actually don’t have to think about it.
We do that with Acronis’s Task Management.
We’re going to create a backup task.
We’re going to have it backup everything on the computer, in this particular case, the C drive.
It’s going to add to an existing backup archive, the backup that we created in the previous example.
Making sure that it is stored on the correct drive.
This is going to be a daily backup which I am going to have happen at 1:00 in the morning.
If, for whatever reason, the machine is not turned on at the time that the backup would happen, this option allows it to happen as soon as the machine boots first thing in the morning.
It does need my credentials, so that, if you are not logged in when the time happens, the process can still run.
This is an incremental backup, it actually only backs up changes since the prior backup. If there is no prior backup then, by definition, everything’s changed and it creates a full backup.
We’re not going to exclude any files.
The one option that I always change is to increase the compression level to maximum.
We’re not going to consolidate, I’m not going to add any comments. This is a summary of what I’ve created.
And now the backup has been scheduled.
If you like, you can now run the backup immediately.
Since this is against an existing backup that we took in the previous example, it’ll perform an incremental backup and create an additional file alongside that other, original backup.
Now, if we take a look at the backup that was created, you’ll see that there’s the original backup that we took a while back.
The full backup that’s a little over four gigabytes.
And then here’s the incremental backup we just added to that, taken today, that’s significantly smaller because it only had to include those files that changed.
To use these backups, well, we’ll look at that in our next video.