Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by rbcc, Jun 8, 2009.
How do I build a recovery partition? John
Can you be more specific about what you want to do? More importantly, have you read the user guide? What you want to know you can probably find in about 5 minutes worth of reading.
Thank you for using Acronis True Image Home!
The Acronis Secure Zone can be located on any internal disk. It is created using unallocated
space, if available, or at the expense of free space on a partition. Partition resizing may
require a reboot.
We do not recommend creating the Acronis Secure Zone on external media (USB drives,
etc.), because this may lead to problems with computer booting if that external storage is
A computer can have only one secure zone. To create a zone on another disk, you must first
delete the existing zone.
1. Before creating the zone, you need to estimate its size. To do so, start a backup and
select all data you are going to copy into it. At the Backup Options step set the
compression level. You will see the estimated full backup size (for disk/partition backup) or
the approximate compression ratio (for file-level backup) with which you can calculate the
estimated full backup size. Multiply this by 1.5 to be able to create incremental or differential
backups. Remember that the average compression rate is 2:1, so you can use this as a guide
as well to create a zone. Let’s say you have a hard disk with 10GB of programs and data.
Under normal conditions, that will compress down to approximately 5GB. As a result, you
might want to make the total size 7.5GB.
2. If there are several disks installed, select one on which to create Acronis Secure Zone.
3. Select the partitions from whose space the zone will be created.
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4. In the next window, enter the Acronis Secure Zone size or drag the slider to select any
size between the minimum and maximum ones.
The minimum size is about 50 MB, depending on the geometry of the hard disk. The
maximum size is equal to the disk’s unallocated space plus the total free space on all
partitions selected at the previous step.
When creating the zone, the program will first use the unallocated space. If there is not
enough unallocated space, the selected partitions will be decreased. Partition resizing may
require a reboot.
Reducing a system partition to the minimum size might prevent your operating system from
5. You can set a password to restrict access to the zone. The program will ask for the
password at any operation relating to it, such as data backup and recovery, mounting
images or validating archives on the zone, rescue boot with the F11 key, resizing and
deleting the zone.
Acronis True Image Home repair or update will not affect the password. However, if the
program is removed and then installed again while keeping the Acronis Secure Zone on the
disk, the password to the zone will be reset.
6. After this, you will be prompted to activate Acronis Startup Recovery Manager, which will
enable you to start Acronis True Image Home at boot time by pressing the F11 key. Or, you
can activate this feature later from the main program window.
7. Then you will see a list of operations to be performed on the partitions (disks).
After you click Proceed, Acronis True Image Home will start creating the zone. Progress will
be reflected in a special window. If necessary, you can stop zone creation by clicking
Cancel. However, the procedure will be canceled only after the current operation is finished.
Acronis Secure Zone creation might take several minutes or more. Please wait until the
whole procedure is finished.
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