It is important to backup your hard drive just in case anything happens so that you don't lose all of your data.


    Finding your Acronis serial number

    1. Start up your Acronis software

    2. Left-click on tools



























    3. Left-click on Manage licenses

    4. A window should pop up asking you to enter the name of the machine, type in the box: localhost

    5. This should bring you to a screen similar to the one below, left-click on the down arrow

    6. Your serial key should now be partially displayed. Hover of the partially displayed key and it will show the entire key


    Backing up to a new machine

    Make sure the Acronis version is the same on the machine you're backing up and the new machine

    Using an external hard drive

    Add bootable media in default setting

    Create another bootable media

    Select the drive you want to back up and the new drive

    Once the new drive is done use the bootable media to start it up

    Select the hard drive you want to data from the external drive to

    Once its done, manually reboot it if it doesn't reboot for you

    If you get a black screen with a blinking cursor your master boot record (MBR) is corrupt

    The MBR is helps your computer boot your version of the operating system (OS)

    Insert an installation disc for your OS version and enter recovery mode

    recover MBR and if the option exist, also the boot file

    Reboot again and it should work, if it doesn't then insert the installation disc again and enter recovery mode

    Reinstall the OS and the download should recognize that you already have the same existing OS on your desktop

    It will ask you to recover/fix the installed OS and accept

    Once it finishes recovering/fixing the installed OS your desktop should not boot








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