4) Create a baseline Image Backup: This backup is in effect the current state of your smaller SSD before any changes are made. If for any reason you need to recover Windows to your smaller SSD this is the backup you will use.
a) Connect your external USB drive and create a new folder which I will name: 128GB_SSD_BaselineBackup
This folder liocated on the external USB drive will be the location where your Image Backup file is stored.
b) Start Acronis True Image 2014, from the main screen click on the ‘Backup and Recovery’ tab if it is not already selected. Then click on the ‘Disk and partition backup’ option located in the upper left corner.
c) Partitions to backup. You need to include all the partitions on your SSD. Since my hard drive has 3 partitions, all 3 must be selected in order to include them in the image backup.
d) In the ‘Destination’ box click on the dropdown arrow and select ‘Browse’. Select the USB drive and double click on the folder you created in step 3a.
e) In the File name, the default backup name “My partitions” is acceptable and need not be changed. Next, click on the ‘OK’ button.
f) In the ‘Settings’ box click on the ‘Schedule’ option and click on ‘Do not schedule’.
After you click on the 'Do not schedule' button, click on the ‘Backup options’ link in the lower left and Change the ‘Backup’ settings to ‘Custom’ / ‘Full’.
Next, place a check mark in ‘Save the settings as default’ box and click the ‘OK’ button.
g) Again click on the ‘Backup options’ in the lower left and in the ‘Advanced’ tab select ‘Validation’ and check the ‘Validate backup when it is created’ box.
h) Add a comment which will identify the reason for creating the backup.
In the ‘Performance’ tab move the sliders to ‘High’ compression and ‘Operation priority’ to ‘Normal’. Check the ‘Save the settings as default’ box and click the ‘OK’ button. Note: Higher compression levels create a smaller image files but the time to create the backup will take longer. The ‘High’ setting is a good compromise between file size and the time required to create a backup.
i) Your configuration should look like this, click ‘Back up now’ to start the backup.
j) The progress bar and time left values are usually inaccurate at the start of the backup and will not give a reasonable value until the backup progress bar is about 1/3 complete.
k) After the backup has completed Acronis will display the backup information results.
Now open Windows Explorer and view the Image Backup folder contents on the USB drive. The size of the Image file will vary based on the amount of data contained on your old SSD and the compression level.
That it, you’re done creating the baseline backup, don’t forget to exit Acronis and eject your external USB drive.