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Acronis advice please.


frybluff

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I am hoping someone can give me some basic advice, on a sensible way to configure backups, to be fairly easy to do, and to use, should I ever have a problem.

I have a Dell XPS, with two, seperate 500GB hard drives. I have online storage which is adequate for critical DATA. I have a 500GB ext drive.

Fairly early on, I had a corruption (probably due to my incompetance when transferring files from old laptop), and had to re-install operating system, and rebuild everything, from scatch, at the same time as being bombarded with dozens of updates. I don't particularly want to go through that again.

I noted several positive comments about Acronis TI, on this site, so have downloaded, initially, a trial version of it. It seems to offer a bewildering array of clever options, most of which go over my head, technically. Can anyone point me in the right direction of what I really NEED to do, to ensure that, if, say, I should have a "C" drive failure, recovery will not be too onerous.

I don't tend to do a lot on a daily basis, but may do a reasonable batch of work, over a weekend. Can anyone, perhaps, recommend an article, or literature, which explains the options, in terms that don't require a degree in computing.

Many thanks.

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Pine Man

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If validation says they are ok that's all you need to worry about.

I doubt that Windows even recognises the .tib files that you have created;-)

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john bunyan

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I usually do an anti virus scan and also scans with SAS and MBAM. Then I use Auslogics Defrag before making an image or clone. As long as you validate it should be OK

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Nontek

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I always run the 'One-click Maintenance' using Tune-up 2012, and a quick scan with MSE before creating my ATI Full backup. I always have the last two backups on my external hard drive, deleting the oldest after each backup, automatically validated.

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frybluff

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Nontek

I've also got "one click", which is what's warning me of "frag". I've turned off "auto defrag". Suppose I can always do manual defrag of C drive, only, should that become necessary, without "touching" backups. I presume Acronis lays out data, to make it easy to access, to insert additions, that, perhaps, one click maintenance can't understand.

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Nontek

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I never actually need to do a defrag - I use Diskeeper (Paid for version) which works continuously keeping my drives defragged at all times.

When I run One-click Maint I usually find that all items are 'green' apart from an occasional, very minor, Reg error or two.

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frybluff

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Spoke to Acronis re de-fraging. They recommend NOT to, especially if doing "incremental" backups. They reckon it will prevent increments being done, as intended. System will then effectively do a full backup, instead, which will eat up space. I trust that's not just "spinning a line", but sort of sounds logical!

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john bunyan

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I do not bother with incremental back ups. I do a full image, and delete the one before last so I always have two latest images. I do not think it takes much more time and saves worrying about a defrag or not.

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Mike_tech

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You should set up program settings and then Acronis will do backup automatically.

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