37112: Acronis Backup, Acronis Backup Cloud: backup fails with "The operation has timed out"


Backup or other operation fails with "The operation has timed out."



This error occurs if process of initialization disk system fails due to a timeout. For example, this issue can occur if there is a connected USB drive, SD card or other storage with long initialization time. Before Agent starts writing data for a backup, it should initialize the disk system that includes all the connected storage devices. If any of these devices are not initialized within 15 minutes, you will receive the error. 

Solution #1

The solution is to increase the timeout for service_process.exe. Its default value is 15 minutes (Agent for Windows starting from build 12210) or 5 minutes (Agent for Windows before build 12210, and Agents for Linux and Mac). If you encounter the issue, it is suggested to increase default timeout to 30 minutes.

  1. On the Windows machine with an Acronis Agent installed go to Start -> Search -> type regedit.exe and press Enter.
    1. Navigate to this key:
    2. Create a new DWORD, 32-bit, named StartTimeout, value e.g. 1800000, base: decimal
      (!) The name is key-sensitive. Take care about upper and lower case. The name is StartTimeout;
      (!) The value is in milliseconds. E.g. 30 minutes are 1800000 (30 * 60 * 1000 = 1800000);
  2. For Linux systems, open /etc/Acronis/BackupAndRecovery.config.
    1. Find 
      <key name="ServiceProcess">
      <key name="Settings>
    2. Add following value in Settings section:
      <value name="StartTimeout" type="Tdword">

(!) Increasing default timeout will also result in increased time for completing the backup. Consider checking solution #2, if you don't want to increase default timeout

Solution #2

Check if there is any USB drive / SD cards attached to machine and unplug it.

A situation is possible when the USB drive was not unmounted correctly, and the operating system behaves as though it is still attached (thus causing the issue to reproduce). Do the following to check that the disk was unplugged correctly:

  1. Open Disk Management (press Win+R, type diskmgmt.msc and click OK) and check for any unplugged disks that are still shown as attached.
  2. Run Acronis Disk Report and check it to see if any USB disk is still detected. See example below:

If the issue persists after following solution #1 and solution #2, please collect system information from the device and contact Acronis Support. 


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