Acronis True Image Restore

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Acronis True Image is the best substitute for the traditional Windows restoration process. It enables you to backup the complete logical drive, storing the Windows files along with the installed.

  • Download Acronis True Image for Windows to back up and restore everything and actively defend against ransomware. Acronis True Image has had 3 updates within the past 6 months.
  • Acronis Recovery Manager: Boot your computer even if your operating system has failed. Just hit the F11 key to start the recovery process when the system is powered on. Restore your system image from Acronis Secure Zone. Exclude files and folders: save space when creating backups by only backing up the data you want to keep.

In Acronis True Image you can recover files and folders both from file-level backups or from disk and Entire PC backups. You can restore files using Acronis True Image or in Windows Explorer.

Acronis True Image must be installed on the computer in order to perform recovery under Windows.


How to restore files in Acronis True Image

To recover files and folders:

  1. Start Acronis True Image and click Backup on the sidebar
  2. From the backup list, select the backup which contains the files or folders that you want to recover:
  3. On the right panel, click Recovery:
  4. Acronis True Image will display possible recovery modes for this backup. Depending on type of backup, possible recovery modes are: Entire PC, Disks, Partitions, Files. Select Files
  5. If necessary, select backup version (data state on specific date and time). By default the latest backup version is selected:
  6. Select the files and folders that you want to recover, and then click Next:
  7. Select a destination on your computer to where you want to recover selected files/folders.
    • You can recover data to its original location, as selected by default
    • Or choose a new one, if necessary. To choose a new location, click the Browse button:
  8. When needed, set the options for the recovery process (recovery process priority, file-level security settings, etc.). To set the options, click Recovery options. The options you set here will be applied only to the current recovery operation. You can learn more about recovery options in product documentation
  9. To start the recovery process, click the Recover now button.
    You can stop the recovery by clicking Cancel. Please keep in mind that the aborted recovery may still cause changes in the destination folder.

How to restore files in File Explorer

To recover files and folders directly from File Explorer on a machine where Acronis True Image 2020 is installed:

  1. Double-click the corresponding .tib file, and then browse to the file or folder that you want to recover:
  2. Drag and drop or copy and paste the file to a selected folder:

Note: The copied files lose the 'Compressed' and 'Encrypted' attribute. If you need to keep these attributes, it is recommended to perform a recovery via Acronis True Image as described above.

If the backup is shown as empty when browsing it in Windows Explorer, rename the folder C:Users<your Windows account name>AppDataLocalVirtualStoreProgramDataAcronisTrueImageHomeDatabase, reboot the computer and try again.

Acronis True Image Restore Tutorial



What is a WinPE or WinRE media, see here.
How to create a bootable media, see here.

For a more detailed version of the instructions, click here.

To recover your system:

  1. Attach the external drive if it contains the backup to be used for recovery and make sure that the drive is powered on.
  2. Arrange the boot order in BIOS so as to make your rescue media device (CD, DVD or USB stick, or external USB HDD in case you use Acronis Survival Kit) the first boot device. See Arranging boot order in BIOS or UEFI BIOS.
    If you use an UEFI computer, please pay attention to the boot mode of the bootable media in UEFI BIOS. It is recommended that the boot mode matches the type of the system in the backup. If the backup contains a BIOS system, then boot the bootable media in BIOS mode; if the system is UEFI, then ensure that UEFI mode is set.
  3. Boot from the rescue media. Wait while the bootable environment is loading:
  4. Acronis True Image 2020 window appears:
  5. On the Home screen, select My disks below Recover.
  6. Select the system disk or partition backup to be used for recovery.
    If the backup is not displayed, click Browse and specify path to the backup manually.
  7. Select Recover whole disks and partitions at the Recovery method step:
  8. On Recovery Point screen, select the date and time to recover your system to (time selection is available if there are multiple recovery points in the same day):
  9. On What to recover screen locate the system disk and mark the checkbox next to it. To avoid unnecessary configuration steps further in the wizard, click on the checkbox next to the disk title, e.g. 'Disk 1', and not on the checkboxes next to partitions (EFI System Partition, C:, Recovery partition, etc):
  10. Review the 'Destination of Disk 1' and click Next if it is correct. Otherwise, change the settings as required before clicking Next. Changing the settings will be needed when recovering to the new hard disk of a different capacity.
  11. Carefully read the summary of operations at the Summary step. Having checked the summary click Proceed to start recovery.
  12. When the operation finishes, exit the standalone version of Acronis True Image 2020, remove the rescue media and boot from the recovered system partition. After making sure that you have recovered Windows to the state you need, restore the original boot order.

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