Using Google Desktop with Acronis True Image Home 2011

If you do not have Google Desktop, it can be downloaded for free from Google’s Web site. Click and follow the instructions for download and installation.

To enable using Google Desktop for searching files in Acronis backups:

  1. To install the plug-in, click the down arrow to the right of the Search field at the upper right corner of the main program window. Then choose Search options in the drop-down menu and select the Google Desktop check box. The following window appears:
  2. Click OK to start plug-in installation. One more confirmation window may appear. In this case click OK to finish the installation.
  3. Verify that the plug-in is installed. Right-click on the Google Desktop icon in your system tray and select Options in the shortcut menu. Google Desktop opens the Preferences window in your browser. Make sure that Acronis Indexer (Acronis Backups) is selected in the Indexing Plug-ins area.
  4. Right-click on the Google Desktop icon in your system tray once more and select Indexing ® Re-Index. Click Yes in the confirmation window that appears. Google Desktop will add all the new content to the existing index.

Give Google Desktop some time for indexing all Acronis backups on your computer’s hard disks and adding the indexing information to its index database. The required time depends on the number of Acronis backups and the number of files they contain.

After for example an hour, check whether Google Desktop has indexed the Acronis backups by entering in its query field the name of a file which you know for sure that you backed up. If Google Desktop has completed indexing, it will show you the backups where it has found the file.

If you want to see all the search results, click the “See all N results in a browser” and you will see something like the screen shot below.

Clicking in the browser window on a line related to the desired file version opens a small dialog with just two options: View and Recover.

Choosing View starts the application associated with this file type and opens the file. Choosing Recover starts Acronis True Image Home 2011 and you can then recover the file to a desired location.

Google Desktop also provides for searching files in zip backups, created by Acronis True Image Home 2011, though you cannot open or recover files from zip backups by clicking on a line with a filename in the browser window. To recover files found in zip backups by Google Desktop, use Acronis True Image Home 2011′s Recovery feature.

Using Google Desktop with Acronis True Image Home 2011