I am planing a full backup in my computer using Acronis for the first time. I know that there are two kinds of backup softwares, one that can only copy the files and restore them, but cannot restore a complete windows installation, thus the user will have to reinstall everything, and the other kind that makes a image of the system, being able to restore all its files and the system itself as a whole. The question is: Does Acronis True Image always make a full system image (when I select full backup) or there is some hidden option I have to select? I know the software name says much, but I just want to confirm.
Acronis True Image does both of the backups you described.
- File Backups: Only files and folders are compressed and stored
- Disk/Partition Images: Stores a sector-by-sector snapshot of the disk or partition. This will include the operating system, drivers, registry, application, files, and any of your configuration
To do a complete backup (Disk/Partition), make sure you select Disk and partition backup on the Backup and recovery tab
See the Acronis user manual at http://www.acronis.com/support/documentation/ (under Acronis True Image Home) for more information