Acronis Secure Zone took the entire HDD

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MrSpurg

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Being new to Acronis True Image, I attempted to set up the Secure Zone on a formatted external USB drive. According to the directions, it creates a hidden partition which automatically expands if the ghosted image (incremental backups) gets too large. This would lead me to believe that the Acronis Secure Zone hidden partition could exist within the hard drive with one large partition, but it creates its partition to fill the hard drive even when I indicated 100 GB in the dialogue box where it asks how large to make the Secure Zone hidden partition and warns that the existing partitions will be destroyed which they are.

I then created two partitions with one 100 GB partition in which to place the Acronis Secure Zone and one 220 GB partition in which to drag and drop files (photo images). Yep--Acronis again destroys all partitions and hogs the entire drive.

My questions to Acronis were met with a boilerplate response demanding screen dumps and other information zipped along with a copy of the receipt for the software even though it was properly registered. It seems that they don't want to really be of assistance with so many hoops through which to jump for such a simple question.

Can anyone here be of assistance--is it possible for Acronis Secure Zone to reside on an external hard drive in its own partition and coexist within or beside an NFTS partition for other data?

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JohnWill

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I'd contact Acronis Tech Support again. IMO, the whole "Secure Zone" idea is probably the worst feature of True Image, and I've never even tried it. FWIW, I'm trying it right now on a USB hard disk, 40gigs in size. I specified a 12gig Secure Zone and the rest for the existing data. We'll see how it goes. :)
 

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Well, it seemed to work fine. The data that was on the partition was still there, and a new Secure Zone was created. This is a USB hard disk. I'm now removing it with True Image.

FYI, the version I tested this on is: Acronis True Image Workstation® version 9.1 (build 3,832)

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MrSpurg

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Let me know how it goes -- for now, I am finishing up replacing two partitions on the external HDD and plan to just image to one of them and not use the Secure Zone until I find out more about it. I will be curious if it hogs your entire HDD too. The tech support from Acronis for such a simple question appeared to be designed to prevent people from asking for tech support--I do not look for them to respond to my second request.

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Now all you need to do is think about my recommendation to forget about Secure Zone, it's just a space waster anyway. :D
 
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