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A series of articles and videos walking through the steps to backup - and restore - your computer using Acronis TrueImage Home 2009.
The different terms used for backups can sometimes make the process seem more difficult than it is. I clarify some backup terminology and help sort it out.
After installing the application there's a critical step you need to take first, before even thinking about backing up.
You don't need a new recovery disc after each backup you make. Same is true of those rescue discs you make when you first boot Windows.
Memory sticks are not quite sufficient for regular backups, but you can find step-by-step instructions to backup to any drive here on Ask Leo!
Most backup software solutions have proprietary software. Trial versions can often help out in a situation like this.
Macrium Reflect has a backup-verify step in its backup process that will help in testing for these kinds of problems.
The number of backups to keep is a personal decision, I give both my recommendation and my own strategy for backup storage.
There are several ways to approach storage space for backups (compression, increments, differentials). Some will be tricky, and in the long run, a new hard drive just might be easiest.
Backing up manually will not give you better options in recovering from malware. In fact, it could easily be worse than an automated system.
The first installment in our backing up series is to install backup software. We'll install Acronis TrueImage Home 2009.
Our first step after installing Acronis and creating rescue media is to create a full backup.
We have our backup program running, now it's time to try restoring a file from that backup.
Your machine has crashed, and the hard disk reformatted or replaced - it's time to restore your entire machine from an image.
Now that we've created our first full backup, it's time to let Acronis do it's job automatically - we'll schedule an automatic backup task.
If you've been backing up regularly you'll probably have a full backup and a collection of incremental's. We'll look at how they're used.
These two settings help you decide what you are backing up on your computer... and can be the difference between an easy or difficult recovery.