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How to backup specific directories without installing Acronis

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I don't like installing the whole program - it takes up space and he worst thing is it runs in the background.

I've removed from Startup. But when I check Task Manager, it's always there.

I don't use Acronis 99.9% of the time - why do I need to run ALL the time!?


Anyway... is there a recommended method of backing up using bootup disc?

I don't want a backup of the whole disc, just specific directories.

I have ver 2017.


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Omar, please see KB 60522: Acronis True Image 2018: Windows services and processes (there is no separate ATI 2017 version of this document) - This will help you to understand these items and let you safely stop / disable any Acronis Services that you are not using etc.

To answer your further question, have you already created and tested the Acronis Rescue media in order to use this to make backups of your data by booting from this media?

If not, then please see:

KB 58816: Acronis True Image 2017: Creating Acronis Bootable Media

KB 59184: Acronis True Image 2017: How to create a WinPE-based bootable media

which covers the rescue media creation process.

See also KB 59877: Acronis True Image 2017: how to distinguish between UEFI and Legacy BIOS boot modes of Acronis Bootable Media

You can confirm how your computer boots by running the msinfo32 command in Windows and looking at the BIOS mode information.  This will show either Legacy or UEFI.  It is very important that the Acronis Rescue Media is used in the same BIOS mode as Windows, especially when doing a recovery as this can result in the partition scheme for the drive being changed.

While it is very possible and relatively easy to backup your files & folders when using the rescue media, this is also a manual process that you would have to configure each time you use it, as there is no provision to save these actions as a backup task, as you can in the ATI GUI when used in Windows.

See KB 58535: Acronis True Image 2017: Backing Up Individual Disks or Files for an overview of the Windows process for these types of backups - the key difference when using the rescue media is the program interface is of a much older design, akin to the earlier versions of the product.

In the rescue media, you would need to select as shown below: then proceed with the further selections of your individual folders / files etc.


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Steve, thanks for the awesome reply - appreciate your time sending.

Reading links now.

Some questions:

- WinPE. Why would I need? I've heard the name for many many years and know it allows you to boot in and access files. (I think this is what it does.) What else is it useful for? (I've just read the page link you gave - explanation went over my head! Could you give me a laymans explanation?)

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Omar, WinPE = Windows Preinstall Environment, as used by Microsoft for their Windows OS install DVD's / USB media.

The main reason for using WinPE Rescue Media is to have better compatibility with modern UEFI systems using Secure Boot, plus also when you need to have additional device driver support in order to recognise newer hardware components or if RAID is being used for arrays of disks etc.

The default Rescue Media provided by Acronis has used a Linux Kernel OS in order to boot into the ATI offline / standalone application, but this is supplied 'as is' with no options for adding any extra device support.  Some systems with Secure Boot may object to booting from Linux media.

Acronis are moving away from using Linux media starting with ATI 2018, where they will try to use the Windows Recovery Environment created by Microsoft if possible.  The rescue media ISO from your Acronis Account downloads page continues to be for the Linux media but this is mainly down to licensing - Linux is Open Source thus free, Microsoft like lots of pennies for using WinPE if distributing as an ISO.