Secure zone on a USB drive

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by Polaris431, Jun 9, 2009.

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  1. Polaris431

    Polaris431 Registered Member

    May 20, 2009
    Is it possible to create a secure zone on a USB drive? I don't want it on an internal drive because if the drive fails, then my backup is useless. By storing the backup on the external USB drive, if my internal drive fails, I still have a chance of recovering my system. When I use the "Manage Acronis Secure Zone" wizard, my USB drive is listed but selecting it as the drive for the secure zone is not possible as it is greyed out (disabled). Why is it greyed out and if this is deliberately done by Acronis, why?
  2. DwnNdrty

    DwnNdrty Registered Member

    Mar 28, 2007
    Florida - USA
    Why not just save it as a regular Backup Image on the USB drive? You don't have to use the SZ to hold a Backup.
  3. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

    Apr 28, 2004
    Hello Polaris431,

    Thank you for your interest in Acronis Products

    Acronis does not recommend creating the Acronis Secure Zone on a detachable drive. If you activate Acronis Startup Recovery Manager and then for some reason disconnect the drive Acronis Secure Zone resides on, your computer may boot with a long delay or not boot at all. You will need to either reconnect the drive with the Acronis Secure Zone or fix the master boot record (MBR).

    Best regards,
    Dmitry Nikolaev
  4. shieber

    shieber Registered Member

    Oct 27, 2004
    Some folks make it work but it's much easier to not use a SZ. If you're worried that your backup isn't safe enough not using a SZ, then store the backup dirve in a safe place -- an advantage to using an external dirve. Drives are so inexpensive these days, why not get an extra and store that one offsite.
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