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Hi guys,

I'm wondering if it is possible for Acronis to backup a Network Storage drive?

I have a main PC and a media server with network drives. If I install True image on my main PC, can it backup the drives of my media server and store the backup on another network external hard disk?

Thank in advance for the info.

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Yes you can. Mst to utc. Select Add backup and choose a Files and Folders backup. Select you source location and destination location then backjup now. Done!

EDIT: It will appear that the backup operation when setup this way is not working as what you will see is a Calculating time remaining message on the GUI screen. You will notice however that your device drive indicator lights are flashing so the backup is taking place. Just be patient and when the backup nears completion that will change and indicate something like 1 minute left and then the backup will complete.

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Plus, you wouldn't backup a media server using Acronis. Media server files are typcially video, music, photo files. These files are already compressed so using a compressed archive container to back them up is a loss of time. Additionally, they don't change much (unless you are a video editor or photographer..). So simply copying the files for backup should be enough. If you want more advanced capabilities, consider using a sync tool like the baked in Win8-10 file history, GoodSync, or SyncBack

Backing up the entire machine is the most complete way to protect your data. We recommend that you choose this option when you are not sure which data you need to protect. When you select Entire PC/Entire Mac as a backup type, Acronis True Image backs up all your internal hard drives in disk mode. The backup contains the operating system, installed programs, system settings, and all your personal data including your photos, music, and documents.

If you want to back up a single disk, for example, disk C:, see this article.

To back up the entire contents of your Windows computer

  1. Start Acronis True Image.
  2. On the sidebar, click Backup
  3. If other backups are already in the list (e.g. created by previous versions of Acronis True Image), then click Add backup
  4. Entire PC is pre-selected, leave it as is:
  5. You can specify a custom name for your backup:
  6. Click Select destination then select a destination for the backup:
    You need Acronis True Image Advanced ot Premium subscription to be able to back up to Acronis Cloud. If an external drive is plugged in, it will be detected automatically and will be displayed in the list of available backup destinations. Acronis True Image also detects NAS in the network and displays it in the list of available destinations as well. See product documentation for more information about recommended storage for your backups

    In this example we select Acronis Cloud as a destination.

  7. Click Options to set the options for the backup, including schedule, scheme, archive cleanup and others:
  8. We recommend to set a schedule or creating regular backups of your system. If you select the option Do not schedule, then you will need to run the backup task manually every time using Back up now button
  9. It is recommended to set how long the backups should be kept, otherwise backups will quickly fill up the storage.
    If you store backups locally (on an USB drive, NAS, network share, etc.), set up cleanup rules in Backup Scheme. If you are not sure which options to select, leave the default selection.
    If you store backups in cloud, set up cleanup rules in Advanced:
  10. Click Back up now or press the 'down arrow' button to select another start time option:

To back up the entire contents of your Mac

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  1. Start Acronis True Image.
  2. On the sidebar, click Backup. If you already have other backups set up, click Add Backup to add a new backup task:
  3. Entire Mac is pre-selected on the left, leave it as is:
  4. You can specify a custom name for your backup:
  5. Click the backup destination icon on the right, and then select a destination for the backup:

    You need Acronis True Image Advanced ot Premium subscription to be able to back up to Acronis Cloud. If an external drive is plugged in, it will be detected automatically and will be displayed in the list of available backup destinations. Acronis True Image also detects NAS in the network and displays it in the list of available destinations as well. If the location is not listed, click Browse, and then select a location.

    In this example we select Acronis Cloud as a destination.

  6. Click Settings to set the options for the backup, such as schedule, archive cleanup and others:
  7. You can select a schedule for creating regular backups of your system. If you select the option Do not schedule, then you will need to run the backup task manually every time using Back up button
  8. It is recommended to set how long the backups should be kept. Set up auto-delete rules in Cleanup. If you are not sure which options to select, leave the default selection.
  9. Click Back up.

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