Where to install Acronis

By rockchick ยท 7 replies
Dec 11, 2010
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  1. I have Win XP on C:\ and files on second partition d:\ I wish to clone c: drive, to external drive using Acronis. Which drive should have Acronis installed
  2. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Just use drive C, where you keep your software. It will clone to a destination of your choice.
  3. rockchick

    rockchick TS Rookie Topic Starter

    So I launch Acronis from drive C; in order to clone C:
  4. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Yeah, because it makes a clone of the hard disk and then saves it where you specify. So you want to save the backup to your external hard disk.
  5. rockchick

    rockchick TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I understand that, it is the fact that I'm using Acronis and cloning it as part of C; at the same time. thought it might mess up
  6. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Acronis is the software that makes the image for you.

    So you install Acronis to your local hard disk containing Windows. You then create a full disk image (clone) of your local disk (which includes Acronis), and save it to your external disk.

    When you then restore the clone to another local hard disk, it will copy the local disk at the exact point in time that you created the clone, including the copying of the Acronis software, along with everything else installed and present on that disk.

    Its absolutely fine, and nothing to worry about. It makes more sense having it installed to the local disk because once the clone has been restored the software is there. Restoring a clone with the software installed on an external drive could cause you problems.
  7. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    As Leeky explained, go ahead and install Acronis on C:. You might also find this video helpful explaining the Acronis backup wizard
  8. rockchick

    rockchick TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks, that explains everything. I will now look at the video.

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