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it is not recommended to back up a partition to itself -drive D is a separate internal HD? what gives?

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I have an additional internal hard disk installed as drive D
When I request acronis true image 2015 to back up my entire system on this drive I get the statement
“it is not recommended to back up a partition to itself”?
Drive D is not part of drive C – drive D is a completely separate – an internal hard drive
So why would acronis state this –any clues?
Hope someones knows!!
Drive C and drive D are separate internal drives same, size same make - WD

My build # is 6525

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I don't know why Acronis thinks it is the same disk, maybe some remnant volume information on the disk, or simply a bug with ATI. At any rate, you can ignore that message and complete your backup.

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The problem is likely to be because you have elected to back up the entire computer, rather than the OS disk only. Therefore your second disk will be included in the auspices of 'entire'

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thanks much - thats what I figured -seems silly though

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Yes - The words 'entire system' are the key.
DO NOT FORGET however that you can choose the C: drive as the source, (as opposed to entire system) and back this up to your D: Drive - this will give you the safety that you need, and provide a full image of your C: drive.
This will not attract the message that it is not recommended etc etc.

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But don't forget, if you need to create a replacement disk or upgrade to an SSD, you need a full and complete backup. A backup of C only will not be adequate.

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chris marshall wrote:
I have an additional internal hard disk installed as drive D When I request acronis true image 2015 to back up my entire system on this drive I get the statement “it is not recommended to back up a partition to itself”? Drive D is not part of drive C – drive D is a completely separate – an internal hard drive So why would acronis state this –any clues? Hope someones knows!! Drive C and drive D are separate internal drives same, size same make - WD My build # is 6525

chris marshall wrote:
I have an additional internal hard disk installed as drive D When I request acronis true image 2015 to back up my entire system on this drive I get the statement “it is not recommended to back up a partition to itself”? Drive D is not part of drive C – drive D is a completely separate – an internal hard drive So why would acronis state this –any clues? Hope someones knows!! Drive C and drive D are separate internal drives same, size same make - WD My build # is 6525

 

I'm doing an entire computer backup, too.  I backup my C: drive to my E: drive (both internal) but I include the E: drive in the list of exclusions, so it doesn't try to do a backup of E:

 

Seems to be working reasonably well...

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For the record, this is absurd. I have used Acronis True Image since 2010 and NEVER had the thing assume I wanted to include the backup drive in the backup! Had to go to 2016 now since I had to upgrade my laptop to Win 10...

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cniggeler wrote:

For the record, this is absurd. I have used Acronis True Image since 2010 and NEVER had the thing assume I wanted to include the backup drive in the backup! Had to go to 2016 now since I had to upgrade my laptop to Win 10...

Hi, it's allowed anyway - 'ok' button is not disabled. The purpose of this warning is to prevent backing up archives along with the main drive content and prevent data loss in case of drive failure if backups are located on the same physical volume.  To be on the safe side, Acronis recommends storing backups in multiple locations  https://www.acronis.com/en-eu/articles/backup-rule/

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Hi Ekaterina, my laptop has an eSATA port which I use to hook up my external backup drive. So it is invalid to make the assumption that my backup is "on the same physical volume" when I am indeed "storing backups in multiple locations". That assumption appears to have been used as well by the GUI designers when, again, that assumption could be invalid.

I am now using the Rescue disk to make my backups. The UI is much easier to comprehend than the 7 obtuse icons in the GUI version, and it doesn't warn me about backing up the drive I'm using for backup. (Please don't take this as a motivation to change the UI in the Rescue disk!)