After having read all your comments on Acronis True Image I decided to buy 9.0 Home version recently and was lucky enough to get an upgrade to 10.0 However the Acronis Secure Zone is not clear to me. I make full backups of My Computer (i.e. all files on the 2 partitions of my laptop drive) to an external USB connected drive. Those backups are in the order of 40 GB. I also created a ASZ on the laptop HD itself, under the impression that some important files are kept there which allow you to connect to the external drive in case I cannot startup the laptop normally. Of course I did activate the Startup Recovery Manager which uses the files in the ASZ. This ASZ area is relatively small, about 40 MB on my Laptop.
1) Have I understood and done this correctly?
2) Defrag and the tib files. I do the full backups after defragging both the laptop's HD and the external target HD to minimise the risk of having fragmented TIB files. When I did not, the first time I used ATI, the TIB file had 148 fragment and even after 48 hrs of defrag with PowerDefrag it was not finished defragging, so I stopped. However, even by defragging first, the target TIB still has 4 frgaments while there is still more than 100 GB of the 250 GB external HD available. Is this normal?