Backup splitting

Sizeable backups can be split into several files that together make up the original backup. A single backup can also be split for burning to removable media.

The default setting – Automatic. With this setting, Acronis True Image Home 2011 will act as follows.

When backing up to a hard disk:

  • If the selected disk has enough space and its file system allows the estimated file size, the program will create a single backup file.
  • If the storage disk has enough space, but its file system does not allow the estimated file size, the program will automatically split the image into several files.
  • If you do not have enough space to store the image on your hard disk, the program will warn you and wait for your decision as to how you plan to fix the problem. You can try to free some additional space and continue or click Back and select another disk.

When backing up to a CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, BD-R/RE:

  • Acronis True Image Home 2011 will ask you to insert a new disk when the previous one is full.

Alternatively, you may select the desired file size from the drop-down list. The backup will then be split into multiple files of the specified size. That comes in handy when backing up to a hard disk with the view to burning the backup to CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW or BD-R/RE later on.

Creating images directly on CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, BD-R/RE might take considerably more time than it would on a hard disk.

Backup splitting