For that I can save the machine's entire hdd to a folder. It's pretty easy to do as it asks me what folder I want my backup to go to.
What you are attempting to do seems to end with copies of partitions and no way to restore to a new blank HDD. Is that your goal?
I have two Dell laptops running Windows 7 with Acronis True Image installed and a Seagate 1TB external HD. One of the laptops already has been backed up to the ext. HD. I'd like to do the same for the second laptop. For this, I have partitioned the ext. HD, formatiing it as NTFS. When I tried to clone the second laptop to the ext. HD, Acronis indicated it would erase the partitions — including the data from the first laptop's backup — and format the entire ext. HD. How can I get Acronis to see the new partition and clone the second laptop's HD on it, leaving the original partition and its data safely undisturbed?