61489: Acronis True Image: Common backup errors

    Introduction

    When a backup ends with an error status (backup is not created), Acronis True Image displays a short error message in the product interface, and writes the details in a text log file (“full log”).

    To see the short error message do either of the following:

    • Click on the red cross or the pause icon || in the center of backup task screen.
    • Click on the Activities tab of the failing backup task

    If the short error message was not enough to find a solution and resolve the issue, search for key words «error» and «failed» in the full log which can be accessed by any of the listed methods:

    • Locate the newest file at C:\ProgramData\Acronis\TrueImageHome\Logs\ti_demon and open it in Notepad
    • If you have configured email notifications, the full log will be attached or included in the body of the email
    • Download and launch Log Viewer tool (does not require installation), from https://kb.acronis.com/content/59335. When launched, it automatically loads and displays a formatted log of the latest backup attempt, where you can find the error message and look it up here.

    Learn more about the full log format at https://kb.acronis.com/content/49484

    Before you begin

    If you do not want to troubleshoot, but are OK with repeating the procedure of configuring the backup task and running a full backup again, you can try a clean reinstall and start over with a new backup task. Create a new empty folder in the backup destination for storing the backups (local backup) or create a new backup task (backup to Cloud). Delete the old backup to make room for the new backup. While that does not help always, it still can save you time and efforts on troubleshooting a number of backup failures, especially undocumented.

    Common backup errors, causes and solutions

    Backup error message
    For causes and solutions please see the entire cells to the right.

    Possible causes

    Solutions: apply solutions in the order they are listed. Check if the issue is resolved after each.

    The backup location was not found on the destination drive

    • The device, where backups are physically stored, is powered off, not connected, hung up or does not provide access to the directory with backups due to any other reason
    • Multiple drives are used either for storing backups, or as backup source, within a single backup task. Acronis True Image does not support rotating drives
    • The folder where backups are stored changed its name, was moved, deleted or user permissions for accessing it changed
    • A parent directory in the folder hierarchy changed its name, was moved, deleted or user permissions for accessing it changed
    • Backups to local network/NAS:
      • Location for storing backups was defined using the IP-address (e.g. “\\192.168.0.12\backups”, it changed after updating the software/firmware of the NAS
      • Location for storing backups was defined using the name of the NAS/network device (e.g. “\\MyCloud\backups”, and an issue on the router, NAS or the PC/Mac caused the network name to work anymore (e.g. you can access files and folders on your NAS by IP, but not by name)
    • .TIB files were renamed, moved or deleted outside of Acronis True Image interface
    • Outdated names, paths or access details in the cache of Acronis True Image
    • .TIB files were renamed, copied, moved or deleted outside of Acronis True Image program’s user interface: have you cleared up disk space by deleting .TIBs in Windows Explorer? Now the old paths to .TIBs, remembered by the program previously, point nowhere and the software is unable to access the files required to continue a backup set.

    Plug in external drive

    Ensure that the folder is accessible

    Ensure that the destination is accessible

    The specified file does not exist

    The network path was not found

    Cannot access the path

    Cannot open the backup

    Failed to open the backup location

    Failed to open the backup

    Cannot find version

    Cannot access version

    This is not the last volume of the backup archive

    The drive is not ready

    • The disk device is not responding properly to read/write requests, which could be a temporary glitch or a permanent failure of the device - try copying a file from the selected backup source to the backup destination using Windows Explorer to check that factor
    • Corrupted file system or disk partition table
    • Acronis drivers for accessing the disks are not functioning properly
    • Reconnect external disk:
      • Safe eject the drive
      • If it has an external power source – disconnect it, wait 10 seconds, and re-connect it
      • Re-connect the disk to a different port on the computer
      • NAS devices: reboot the NAS
    • Reboot the computer.
    • If the check of copying file through Windows Explorer failed (see the “Possible causes” part to the left)
    • Repair software installation: https://kb.acronis.com/content/60195#Running_the_update_repair_installation1 , then edit backup task and re-select backup source and destination
    • Change the caching policy for the disk to “Optimize for quick removal” as per https://kb.acronis.com/content/4071

    The device is not ready

    The trial version of Acronis True Image has expired

    • Trial mode was already used once. The trial period is restricted to 30 days and to be only one-time per major version of Acronis True Image in the given operating system. Learn more on trial mode at https://kb.acronis.com/content/2768
    • Subscription license expired and was not renewed, software moved into trial mode and 30 days trial mode also ended
    • New or extended license required interaction under https://account.acronis.com for proper license activation and you may have missed the corresponding notification. As a result, the new/extended license was not activated and the software moved into trial mode.
    • Renewed subscription license was activated to a different email address, leaving the original account without a license. Software entered trial mode, which then ended.
    • The regular license check failed and the software transitioned into trial mode, which then ended
    • Renewed subscription license or a new perpetual license could not be activated due to any other reason, the software entered trial mode, which then ended
    • System date and time changed as a result of system recovery, clone or any other way
    • Issue with the license cache on the current computer
    • Check the major version of installed Acronis software (e.g. 2014, 2018), remember if you have trialed it before on the current operating system
    • If you have a non-trial license: activate it as per https://kb.acronis.com/ati2018/activation
    • Subscription users: make that the new license is registered to the same Acronis account. Move the license between different email addresses as per https://kb.acronis.com/content/60806
    • Make sure the system date and time are not in the future
    • Perform a clean reinstallation

    Disk is full

    • Running out of space on the disk where backups are stored:
      • Automatic backup cleanup does not apply to backup versions that are not visible in Acronis True Image interface. As a quick check, open “Recovery” dialog and expand the list of available dates – recovery points, compare to .TIB files
      • Automatic cleanup rules are misconfigured
      • Earlier backup versions were not deleted due to any reason
      • The disk where backups are stored, became filled with not Acronis files
    • NAS: the limit (quota) for the NAS user account, indicated during backup setup, has been reached. This quota/limitation is configured in NAS settings outside of Acronis software. Acronis has no influence on it. The NAS user account is completely unrelated to Acronis account and is set exclusively through the NAS management panel
    • External drive, where backups are saved, has quotas enabled for different Windows users. To check if that is the case, right-click the disk in Windows Explorer, click on the Quota tab and click “Show Quota settings”
    • Not enough free disk space on the source disk for Microsoft VSS snapshot
    • Too high disk activity on the source disk causes Microsoft VSS snapshot to cancel and delete
    • Check that other software is not filling the disk space where you save the backups. Move or delete the files from other software to a different disk/location
    • If there are .TIBs that are not registered in Acronis True Image (missing in the list of recovery date/time), turn off self-defence feature as explained at https://kb.acronis.com/content/60190 and delete these orphaned .TIBs from the destination disk. If you need those backups – add them to the list as per https://kb.acronis.com/content/60918 and find what other backups/backup versions to delete to free up disk space
    • Correct the rules for automatic backup deletion and free up disk space:
      • Enter backup settings – tab “Backup scheme” and adjust cleanup settings: reduce the number of backup chains to keep (a backup chain is a full backup and all the incrementals/differentials before the next full backup). Earlier backups are deleted by chains. Deletion of any backup version is postponed until all the chain is subject to deletion.
      • Free up disk space by deleting backups: click the arrow key next to backup name in Acronis True Image to open the menu, choose “Delete” – “Delete entirely” or “Cleanup versions”
    • Close all other programs when running the backup, especially antivirus, security and software that could be intensively reading or writing data to disk: data synchronization, copying, backup, cataloging, search and indexing
    • Run the free Acronis tool for troubleshooting Microsoft VSS issues: Acronis VSS Doctor.

    Acronis Cloud is full

    • Backup versions occupy too much disk space in the Cloud
    • Reduce the number of backup versions to keep in the backup settings, delete earlier versions
      • Open backup settings – “Options” - tab “Advanced” – “Acronis Cloud cleanup”, reduce the number of versions to keep, and the amount of time the versions are stored in the Cloud
      • Click “Account” on the left action bar – click “Browse my data”, mouse over the backup and click the gear icon that will appear, to access the backup cleanup and delete menu options
    • Download some of your backups from Cloud locally, then delete those backups from Cloud:
      • Click “Backup” on the left action bar in Acronis True Image, click the backup, then click Recovery at the top of the screen, follow the offered steps to download the files,
      • Click the small arrow next to the backup name in backups list, select Delete – click Yes.
    • If you need all of the backups, including all accumulated backup versions, and room for new backups – buy more storage space:
      • Click “Account” on the left action bar
      • Click “Upgrade” button
      • Select the appropriate new storage quota and proceed with the purchase wizard. Learn more at https://kb.acronis.com/content/60165

    Check your Internet connection

    • PC/Mac, where Acronis True Image is installed, does not have internet connection
    • Connection to Acronis Cloud is blocked by firewall, antivirus or other security software on PC/Mac
    • Connection to Acronis Cloud is blocked in the system file “hosts”
    • Access through the required network ports is not allowed in firewall, antivirus or other security software on PC/Mac, on the router or at Internet Service Provider (ISP) level

    Nothing to back up

    • Disk with the data, selected for backup, is not connected, turned off or is not accessible for any other reason
    • Unique identification codes of disk, partition, selected for backup (disk's and partition’s properties that exist outside of Acronis), changed as a result of disk format, firmware update, partition table modification or due to any other factors. As a result, old identification codes, stored in the backup task configuration became outdated
    • If the backup source is a network drive/NAS – the share may have been disabled, changed its name, access path or was deleted
    • Start creating a new backup task - if the product does not «see» any disks at all, it means Acronis drivers did not load correctly. This might happen in scenarios of multiple Acronis products installation, re-installation and uninstallation, because the core Acronis drivers are shared among products.
    • Edit backup task, click on the backup source on the left side of the window and re-select what to back up.
    • Delete the backup task that fails and create a new one
    • Uninstall Acronis product, reboot the computer and install it again
    • If multiple Acronis products are installed: uninstall all of them, run the Cleanup tool, reboot the computer and install Acronis True Image anew.

    Cannot find the files or folders selected for the backup

    No current disk

    Cannot find the partition selected for the backup

    No current partition

    Please close the application that may currently use the file

    • A third party application from the same or different PC/Mac may be working with the file in exclusive access mode, restricting access to the file from Acronis and all other software
    • NAS: application running on the NAS itself may be working with the file in exclusive access mode, restricting access to the file from Acronis and all other software
    • Close all third-party software that may be hold open the file/folder indicated in the error message. If a NAS is involved and there are other machines that have access to the NAS, close such programs on those computers too
    • Close all other software before starting the backup, including data synchronization, copying, backup, cataloging, search and indexing
    • Disable antivirus and other security software (anti-malware etc.)
    • Reboot the PC/Mac and the NAS
    • If a NAS is involved in the backup, disconnect all other computers from the NAS, leaving the machine with Acronis True Image the only PC/Mac connected to the NAS, in order to understand what is locking the file/folder and prevents Acronis from accessing it

    … may be blocked by another application

    Network disconnected

    • NAS is turned off, disconnected or stopped serving file shares
    • Issue with the DNS service on the router
    • DNS name or IP-address of the NAS has changed
    • Router stopped working properly, causing issues with local network
    • Backup source, destination or both computers are configured to turn off their network adapters to save power
    • Verify that the NAS is turned on and is accessible through Windows Explorer: try copying a file from backup source to the backup destination using Windows Explorer.
    • Follow instructions from the “Resolution” section of https://kb.acronis.com/content/59051
    • Reboot the router, NAS and the PC/Mac
    • Install all available Windows Updates
    • Enter the network adapter settings on both source and destination computers and uncheck the option to save power by turning off network adapter
    • Update the software/firmware on the NAS and router

    0x40015

    Access denied

    • The SYSTEM Windows account, the current Windows user account or the specified NAS account lack the necessary permissions for accessing backup source or destination locations.
    • Backup source or destination contains NTFS reparse points. Backup is performed in file/folder mode or is saved to Acronis Cloud.
    • A particular file or folder in the backup source is corrupted and cannot be accessed and opened by any software, not only Acronis
    • Issue with the file system
    • Grant the SYSTEM Windows account, the current Windows user account (local backups) or NAS account (if the error message refers to a file/folder on a NAS) full control rights over the file/folder indicated in the error message
    • Acronis True Image 2018 and earlier versions: see https://kb.acronis.com/content/61362
    • Reboot PC/Mac and NAS (if used) to lift any locks that other applications may have put
    • Right-click the disk with backup source, select Properties – Tools – Check, enable the option to automatically correct the found errors (if this option is present) and run the check/scan.
    • If the error message references a NAS, run the check using NAS control panel.
    • Find which folder or folder exactly cannot be accessed. If the path to it is not displayed in the product’s GUI, look into the full log using Log Viewer and find what file/folder cannot be accessed. Try opening or copying the file/folder in question. If the operation fails – attempt deleting it. If the deletion fails, the file/folder must be corrupted: try deleting it using methods described here.

    Access to the file is denied

    Failed to enumerate directory

    0x40003

    The media is write protected

    The file is read-only

    Error occurred while reading the file

    Cannot access backup file. Please ensure that you entered the correct credentials for the network share

    Data error (cyclic redundancy check)

    • Bad blocks or other errors on the source disk
    • Any other issue with the hardware
    • Damaged file system

    CRC error

    I/O error

    Failed to read the snapshot

    The quotas are violated

    • NAS: the limit (quota) for the NAS user account, indicated during backup setup, has been reached. This quota/limitation is configured in NAS settings outside of Acronis software. Acronis has no influence on it. The NAS user account is completely unrelated to Acronis account and is set exclusively through the NAS management panel
    • External drive, where backups are saved, has quotas enabled for different Windows users
    • Enter NAS management panel and increase quota for the NAS account, that was used in backup configuration
    • Right-click the disk, where backups are saved, in Windows Explorer, and if there is Quota tab, click on it and click “Show Quota settings”. Increase the quota for the SYSTEM account and the current Windows user account.

    Failed to connect to …

    • Connection to Acronis servers is interrupted or completely blocked by a firewall, hosts file settings or a third-party software
    • The software was unable to update the certificate file that is used as a key in establishing secure connection to Acronis servers due to any reason
    • Issue with a particular backup that was damaged and needs to be recreated
    • Follow instructions at https://kb.acronis.com/content/61203 to refresh the cache folder “OnlineBackup”, and fix connection issues to Acronis servers
    • Create a new backup task for the same backup source and run it. If it succeeds, or if you need space for new backup, delete the original backup

    FES request failed

    SSL connection has failed

    Failed to renew certificate, reason is "certificate expired"

    Bad certificate request

    The server rejected the renewed certificate

    The remote server returned error

    Failed to lock the file

    Read error or data content is corrupted

    • Local backups: possible issue with the connection to the backup storage device or an issue with the storage device itself
    • Local backups: backup archive file was created incorrectly needs to be recreated
    • Local and Cloud backups: the main body part of the backup could have been written incorrectly from the beginning, or there was an unsuccessful attempt to update the backup afterwards. The backup is damaged at present and is not readable. Such backup is also called "corrupted"

    Error while checking the metadata integrity of points in time (PITs) in the archive

    Failed to open data stream

    Invalid internal API usage. Either the stream is corrupted or the archive options are incorrect.

    Read error or metadata content is corrupted

    • Backup location is unavailable
    • Backup’s metadata, used in Nonstop backup and in backup to Cloud, is not readable or is damaged
    • Follow instructions at https://kb.acronis.com/content/61430
    • Delete the backup and re-define backup task:
      • Backup to Cloud: use a different name for the backup
      • Nonstop backup: use a new empty folder as destination for backup 

    0x170404

    You have entered an incorrect email or password

    • Wrong email or password for Acronis account
    • Have you changed your Acronis account password?
    • Acronis account email or password were changed, but not updated in the program
    • Verify that you are using correct Acronis account’s email and password
    • Click on the Account tab in the program
    • Click on your account email, select Sign out. Then sign in back using the current credentials. If login fails, verify them by signing with them into https://account.acronis.com
    • Follow https://kb.acronis.com/content/57331

    Internal error in library

    • Incomplete installation
    • Software files’ were altered by other programs
    • Antivirus or other security software blocks Acronis
    • Issue with one of Windows OS components, used by Acronis True Image: runtime libraries, VSS or others
    • An application crash event occurred: a part of Acronis software unexpectedly terminated and unloaded from memory for some reason
    • An issue with handling a particular backup source or target:
      • the storage device itself
      • its partition table
      • file system
      • folders and files names
    • Turn off the antivirus and other security software
    • Reboot the computer
    • Update the software to the latest version
    • Run repair installation
    • Install all available updates for Windows operating system
    • Run Acronis CleanUp tool, reboot the computer, download and install the latest version of Acronis True Image from https://account.acronis.com/
    • Check if the issue is connected to the selected backup source or destination: create a new empty folder as backup destination, pick a small file or folder as backup source, run the backup. If it succeeds, the original backup source or destination may be partially or fully inaccessible or damaged/corrupted and need to be repaired:
      • Right-click the disk with backup source, select Properties – Tools – Check, enable the option to automatically correct the found errors (if this option is present) and run the check/scan.
      • If the error message references a NAS, run the check using NAS control panel.

    Unable to initialize snapshot manager library

    The activity has failed due to a restart of the service

    Your subscription has expired. Please update your subscription to be able to perform the selected operation.

    • Owners of one-time purchase licenses: perpetual license was not activated
    • Subscription license owners: subscription has expired and requires renewal
    • Subscription license owners: you may be asked whether you want to add more Cloud storage space or extend the duration of the subscription with the current Cloud storage quota
    • If you used different email addresses in Acronis program (check Account tab) and when purchasing new or renewing existing license (check emails from Acronis and online stores), please move the new license to the account that is displayed under Account tab. For that, visit your Acronis account https://account.acronis.com and access the move license feature from the three dots menu under the license. Learn more at https://kb.acronis.com/content/60806
    • One-time purchase (perpetual) licenses: click on the Account tab in the program, click “Enter serial number” or “Change serial number”, input your new key.
    • Subscription license owners: check your email, visit your Acronis account https://account.acronis.com to see if any action is required from you.

    Unable to create volume snapshot

    • Issue with Microsoft Windows’ Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) service. It is used by backup software to keep the data in a consistent state in the backup
    • Issue with VSS infrastructure, including VSS readers, writers, providers of third-party applications, installed on the computer
    • No free space on the source disk
    • Too high disk activity on the source disk
    • Permissions issue with system partitions, files, folders or in the system registry
    • Reboot the computer
    • Run Acronis VSS diagnostic tool, act depending on the found issues with VSS: https://www.acronis.com/personal/vss-diagnostic-free-tool/
    • Install all available updates for Windows
    • Close all other applications before starting the backup
    • For cases when Windows Application event log also contains an error from source "CAPI2" and Event ID 513: follow instructions here.
    • For disk/partition backups of a non-system drive and for file/folder backups: enter backup options, click on the Advanced tab – Performance. Set “Snapshot for backup” to “Acronis snapshot”, click OK to save changes

    Please check the NAS network preferences, and then reopen the app

    • NAS blocks connection requests from Acronis True Image

    FTP connection has failed

    • Incorrect credentials for accessing the FTP server
    • Incorrect FTP server address or path on the FTP server used
    • The folder on the FTP server was deleted, renamed or moved
    • Neither of the following network protocols are supported by Acronis True Image:
      • FTPS (FTP with SSL/TLS)
      • SFTP (FTP over SSH)
    • Verify that FTP server is accessible by browsing it in Windows Explorer, a web browser or a FTP client software
    • Edit backup settings, verify that the specified credentials for FTP connection are correct
    • Edit backup settings, verify that the specified FTP address and path to the folder on the FTP server are correct
    • Disable antivirus and other security software before starting the backup
    • Turn off FTPS and SFTP in the FTP server settings

    Error occurred while backing up

    • A generic error message is shown. Error’s details are not displayed in the user interface, but are recorded in the detailed log file.
    • Use Log Viewer to see the details of the failure: https://kb.acronis.com/content/59335
    • Open the latest modified file in the folder C:\ProgramData\Acronis\TrueImageHome\Logs\ti_demon in Notepad to find the detailed error message, then look it up in the present table.

    Backup failed

    Operation failed

    Read error

    Write error

    Error occurred while writing the file

    Canceled

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