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Boot up from Acronis CD on Macbook Pro can't detect USB HDD

I wanted to take an Acronis image backup of my kid's Macbook Pro:
shut it down, hold on the Option key & boot up & select the CD icon
(for Windows) & after Acronis loads fully, it could see all the 3 MAC's
partitions ( EFI, D: drive plus an E: drive of about a few hundred MBs):

However, the USB 3 HDD which I insert into the other USB 3 port
was not detected.  Also, this model of Macbook Pro 13" retina does
not have a physical NIC port (only Wifi).

I guess my Acronis is too old (it's about 3 years old) so the driver for
Macbook's USB 3 ports is not available yet.  The very same USB 3
HDD is detected on my THinkpad X61 & Acer Travelmate.

What other option do I have (other than getting the latest version
of Acronis which I don't have a licence anymore) to take an image
backup of the Macbook OS-X before my kid corrupts it?

Any freeware image backup that comes with OS X mountain lion
& pls provide step by step instruction on how to go about taking
an image (equivalent to 'bare metal') backup.  Can online (ie
without shutting down & boot up from CD) backup be taken using
this tool (& backup of 'locked' / 'open' files )
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
The USB 3 HDD that I used has 2 partitions, one is FAT32 & one is NTFS &
Acronis detected both partitions on the Lenovo X61.

Thought of trying an older USB 2 HDD: will update if Acronis detects it
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Kash2nd Line EngineerCommented:
I usually use Disk Utility to create a image (bootable). Its very easy to do so and free as well. All you need is a external drive and follow procedure here >> http://mac.appstorm.net/how-to/os-x/creating-disk-images-with-disk-utility/


or you can always use Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) or SuperDuper but they are shareware though very cheap if you prefer.
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
Does Disk Utility or Carbon Copy Cloner create incremental/differential
backup from the last full backups & can they backup 'open'/'locked' files?
 I thought of doing it on regular basis & incrementals are smaller/faster
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