schedule a backup to overwrite previous file?

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  1. bdee1

    bdee1 Registered Member

    Aug 13, 2005
    i would like to schedule a task that will do a full disk image of my C drive every weekend and overwite the one from the previous weekend. i can't find the option to do this in acronis.

    there is the option to do a full, incremental or differential but i don't see any options to overwrite. as it is now, i have to go to the backup location every couple weeks when the disk gets full and manually delete previous weeks images.

    any ideas?
  2. thomasjk

    thomasjk Registered Member

    Jul 22, 2005
    Charlotte NC
    Set up a scheduled task without using backup locations that uses a file name of your choosing. For example: mylaptop.tib. Set the schedule to run weekly and choose the option to create a full backup. The backup location feature doesn't seem to work properly for everyone.
  3. jmk94903

    jmk94903 Registered Member

    Jul 10, 2004
    San Rafael, CA
    Thomasjk described what to do, but I'd make a slight modification if you have sufficient space where you are saving your image. Make two images each two weeks apart. That way, if something happens which corrupts your system and your latest image is useless, you have an older (aged) image to restore.

    On one system which has lots of space for backups, I make an image every Saturday using first, second, third fourth and last week so that I always have four backups just in case.
  4. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

    Apr 28, 2004
    Hello bdee1,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    Please notice that if you schedule a task to create a full backup every weekend, it will overwrite the previous one automatically. However, it can lead to a situation where you have no backups at all (in case creating a new one fails, and the old one was already deleted). Therefore, we recommend you to use Acronis Backup Location set to keep 1 backup. This way, old backup will be deleted after the successful creation of the new one. Please see chapter 7 "Backup location management" of Acronis True Image 10.0 Home User's Guide for detailed instructions.

    If you have any further questions concerning Acronis software, please feel free to submit a request for technical support or post any of them on this forum. We will certainly try to help you in resolving any issues.

    Thank you.
    Marat Setdikov
  5. shieber

    shieber Registered Member

    Oct 27, 2004
    This will always overwrite instead of only overwriting when needed. The Backup Locations are certainly worth trying -- they're the best feature of ATI10.

    IF you make a Backup Location you can specify limits on mumber or size fo backups. Then make a task uses that Backup Location and ATI will take care of it automatically. If, in the rare case, Backup Locations doesn't work for some reason, then you probably have a bad install or a confounded win registry and uninstall/reinstall usually takes care of either prob.


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