13506: Acronis True Image Home 2011: Scheduling a Backup

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Backing up on schedule

This article applies to:

  • Acronis True Image Home 2011

Introduction

The following types of backup can be executed on schedule:

  • Disk and partition backup
  • Online backup
  • File backup
  • E-mail backup

This article describes how to execute disk and partition, file and E-mail backup on schedule.

For information on how to execute Online Backup on schedule see Acronis True Image Home 2011: Online Backup.

Solution

  1. Start the necessary backup wizard. See:
  2. Click Turn on next to Schedule:
    Disk backup File backup E-mail backup
  3. You will see the scheduling parameters:

    • Daily - the backup will be executed once a day or more frequently:

      • If you select At, set the backup's start time. Enter hours and minutes manually, or set the desired start time using the up and down buttons. You can specify several start times by clicking Add.
      • If you select Every, choose daily backup periodicity from the dropdown list (for example, every 2 hours).
    • Weekly - the backup will be executed once a week or several times a week on the selected days:

      • Week days - Select the days on which to execute the backup by clicking on their names.
      • Start time - Set the backup's start time. Enter hours and minutes manually, or set the desired start time using the up and down buttons.
    • Monthly - the backup will be executed once a month or several times a month on the selected dates:

      Periodicity or dates:

      • If you select Every, choose a numeral and the day of the week from the dropdown lists (example: First Monday - the backup will be performed on the first Monday of every month)
      • If you select On, choose the date(s) for backup execution (example: you may want the backup to be run on the 10th, 20th, and last day of the month)

      Start time - Set the backup's start time. Enter hours and minutes manually, or set the desired start time using the up and down buttons.

    • Upon event - the backup will be executed upon an event:

      • User logon – the backup will be executed each time the current user logs on to the OS.
      • User logoff – the backup will be executed each time the current user logs off the OS.
      • System startup – the backup will be executed at every OS startup.
      • System shutdown – the backup will be executed at every computer shutdown or reboot.
      • Once a day only - If you want to run an backup only at the first occurrence of the event on the current day, select the Once a day only check box.
    • Advanced settings:

      • To postpone a scheduled operation until the next time the computer is not in use (a screen saver is displayed or computer is locked), select the Run the backup only when the computer is idle check box.
      • If you want to wake up the sleeping/hibernating computer to perform the scheduled operation, select the Wake up the sleeping/hibernating computer check box.
      • If you expect the machine to be down at the time of the backup schedule, select Missed backup: Run at system startup.

      If there is USB device attached, you will see an additional option:

      • Run when a device is attached - Selecting this box will let you perform a missed operation when the USB flash drive is attached if it was disconnected at the scheduled time.

      If you have Acronis Drive Monitor installed, you see will another additional option:

      • Run the backup upon HDD alarm - if enabled, the backup will run as soon as there is an alarm on Acronis Drive Monitor about a potential problem with one of the hard disks in the backup source. Acronis Drive Monitor is a free hard drive health monitoring utility based on information received from hard drive S.M.A.R.T. reports, Windows logs, and its own scripts. See also Acronis Drive Monitor.
  4. Click OK to finish scheduling.

If you would like to turn on different scheduling schemes for different folders or partitions (e.g. one scheme for partition C: and a different one for partition D:), you will need to configure these separately by starting the backup wizard for each of them.

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