58372: Acronis Backup 12.5 and 12: Backing Up to Removable Devices with Regular Drive Swaps

Also read in:

Translate to:

During the backup creation, the corresponding metadata (structural information about the containers of the backed up data) are collected and saved along with the backed up data itself. The accurate metadata is essential for correct subsequent backup processing within a single backup plan, since each backup in the chain is dependent on the previously created backups. If the target medium storing the full backup is replaced, it is not possible to create subsequent incremental or differential backups. Still, you can set up full backups to swapped drives.

To set up backup to removable drives (USB or RDX drives), do the following.

  1. Make sure, all the removable USB drives you will use as backup destination have the same drive letter assigned to them. This is important, as you need to specify a single location in the backup plan while physically you will be switching drives. See this article, if you need help with assigning drive letters.
  2. In backup console, click Backup.
  3. In Where to back up, select Local folders, and then select your drive. Click Done.
  4. Set up cleanup in backup destination:
    • If you want only one backup to be stored on each drive (for example, the drive would not have enough space for 2 backups):
      1. In How long to keep, select Keep backups indefinitely.
      2. In Settings (gear icon), navigate to Pre-post commands and specify a command or script that will delete the existing backup.
        For example, this command deletes all files on the specififed drive:
        del /q /s <drive letter>:\
        where <drive letter> is the letter assigned to your removable drive.

        This command deletes all .tib-files (backup files) on the specified drive:
        del /q /s <drive letter>:\*.tib
        where <drive letter> is the letter assigned to your removable drive.

        Make sure you have specified correct drive letter.
    • If you want to store more than one backup on each drive, you can select By number of backups and specify the number in How long to keep backups.
  5. Save and apply backup plan by clicking Apply.

Information for users upgrading from Acronis Backup 11.7/11.5

In Acronis Backup 11.7/11.5 Simplified archive naming option ("Name backup files using the archive name rather than auto-generated names") was available. This option is discontinued in Acronis Backup 12/12.5. During upgrade backup plans using this option are disabled. Modify these plans according to the information above.

You are reporting a typo in the following text:
Simply click the "Send typo report" button to complete the report. You can also include a comment.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
6 + 10 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.