Converting Windows backup

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users can convert vhd files created by Windows Backup into Acronis backups. This may be needed if you want to keep the earlier Windows Backup files, but decide to convert them into tib files to save storage space. The converted tib files are smaller than the corresponding vhd files due to compression.

Do not move vhd files from the folder to where they were saved by Windows Backup (by default, the folder has the name “WindowsImageBackup”). Otherwise, the operating system may be unbootable after recovery of the system partition from the converted tib file.

The virtual to physical conversion is done as follows:

  1. Click Convert Windows backup to Acronis backup on the Tools & Utilities screen.
  2. Select the vhd file to convert.
  3. Specify the path to the tib file to be created.

    By default, the converted file will be created in the same location as the file to be converted. However, you can select another location by clicking Browse. The file can be directed to any storage supported by Acronis True Image Home 2011, except for Acronis Secure Zone.

  4. The next step allows you to set options for the tib backup to be created. You can protect the backup with a password and encryption, select a desired compression level, and split the backup, for example, for later burning to DVDs.
  5. Add comments to the backup, if you wish.
  6. Click Proceed in the Summary window.

Acronis True Image Home 2011 cannot convert vhd files containing dynamic volumes which were originally located on more than one disk drive (striped or spanned on two or more disk drives).

Converting Windows backup