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After installing the application there's a critical step you need to take first, before even thinking about backing up.
Once you've installed Acronis True Image Home, the first step may not be what you might expect. Rather than thinking about what to backup, we need to first prepare for a restore.
(Second installment in the "Backing Up" series.)
The scenario you want to be ready for is when your machine won't boot. Even if you have a backup, it's no good to you if you can't boot your machine and run software that would restore that backup.
Your first step, then, is to use Acronis' built in wizard to create a bootable CD.
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Now that you've installed Acronis, there's actually a very important first step that you need to take before even backing up your machine.
And that is to create a Bootable Rescue Media.
What this wizard does is it creates a bootable CD, or the image of a bootable CD, that you would use in the case where you want to restore from a backup, but your machine won't boot.
In most cases, what you'll do is run through the wizard fairly quickly. The default options are pretty much what you want.
I have it create an ISO image.
And, in this particular case, that's my only option since this machine has no CD burner.
Once you've created the ISO image, you would then burn it to CD using a tool like Image Burn.
In this particular case, it's now asking me where I want to put it and what I want to call it.
I'm giving it a name, Acronis Rescue CD ISO.
These are a summary of the options that I've selected.
It's a fairly quick process to actually create the image.
All it's really done is created a 65 megabyte file.
Once completed, you can then, as I said, use a tool like Image Burn to write that to CD. I'll actually show that as a separate step later.
But, to reiterate, the important take-away here, is before even considering what and how and whether to backup, make sure that you create a bootable rescue media that you would use in the worst case when your machine doesn't boot.
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