59865: Acronis True Image 2017: switching from partitions to entire disk recovery mode

Sometimes, when you try to restore a backup, you may be confused by the software asking you to configure recovery settings for each partition individually. If there are many of them, the recovery process may seem overwhelming and tedious. This article explains the reasons behind that situation and instructs how to avoid it.

Symptoms

Recovery assistant in Windows or bootable media requests to configure recovery settings for each disk partition individually.

Cause

There are two possible causes: 1) backup in question was created in partition mode or 2) recovery mode of an entire disk backup was changed to partition recovery.

A. Backup was created in partition mode

Backup is created in partition mode when at least one partition is unchecked in the backup source selection window:

B. Recovery mode was switched to partition recovery

Solution

If the backup was created as "Entire PC" or entire disk backup, but you accidentally enabled individual partition recovery mode, follow instructions below to go back to entire disk recovery mode.

Ensuring that backup is created in disk mode

When you define a backup task, you can always choose between three types of backup sources: Entire PC, Disks and partitions and Files and folders.

Option 1. Entire PC backup

Entire PC backup, recommended for novice users, always produces only entire disks backups, automatically including all the internal disks:

Option 2. Entire disk backup

When you select Disks and partitions, the system offers an entire disk backup for your system disk by default:

Optionally, if you want to look through the list of included partitions, you can click Full partition list, but make sure you leave all partitions selected:

You can always include additional disks into backup, if you want to. Just again, to get an entire disk backup make sure all partitions of the disk are selected:

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