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Acronis True Image Home Editor's Review

Acronis, for long has been a preferred choice for backup solutions for important and sensitive data. The newest version adds cloud storage which has enhanced the functionality of the software to a great degree. It also uses full image backup technology so that all your files and programs can be restored exactly as in the original version. The latest version is leaps and bounds ahead of all its competitors in terms of technology employed, efficiency and effectiveness.

True Image 2013 version is allowed for 30 days Free trial before you decide to purchase the software or not. Installation is fairly simple and you just need to start the install wizard and enter the serial key after which Acronis will automatically get tied to your computer. Acronis needs only disk space of 223 MB for installation. However, in order to run nonstop backup disk space of 1 GB is required. Network speed of at least 56 kbps is required to run the online backup.

The interface has been kept simple for new users. Descriptions are included in the menus as a guide for first time users. Some cartoons have also been included in the launch screen which might look childish to pro users but it gives a friendly feel to beginners. It also adds a little playful feeling to the interface which helps to remove any dullness which might creep in.

Barring some minor changes the whole layout has been kept similar and if you have been using Acronis for long it is unlikely that you will feel any major digression in the overall setup of the software. Get Started option enables you to start setting up data recovery and also provides an initial idea about the newly enabled Cloud Services. Acronis Cloud Services can be enabled only with subscription though. Options are primarily categorized across three heads namely “Tools and Utilities”, “Synchronization” and “Backup and Recovery.”

The options for backup and recovery is extensive. Apart from regular files and folder backup jobs, True Image also offers an excellent interface for ensuring backup for mails. The program is compatible with all major mail clients like Outlook Express, Microsoft Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird. Exact images can also be created for partitions and disks. In order to create images of partitions and disks the copying is done sector wise. This might require extra storage space as sectors are copied irrespective of the fact that they have data or not which can be a little annoying to everyone.

The sync function is also extremely useful for data transfer. But the sync function tends to get blocked because of encryption algorithms or antivirus and no proper warning is displayed also. Such issues can be dealt with by adding the services to white list on your computer.

Tasks can be customized to differential, full or incremental depending on the way it is supposed to be carried out. The full backup copy can also be retrieved by performing a series of differential or incremental options. There are provisions to make a reserve copy also which provides double layer of backup for extremely sensitive data.

Comments can be added to every file after taking backup. This description helps in realizing the function of the file if you visit the backup long after performing the operation. Nonstop backup helps to not only trace the original file but the different versions of the files which existed at different points. After the initial full backup is performed Acronis keeps scanning the system every five minutes to record changes in different files and folders.

The “Try and Decide” feature under tools and utilities enables you to keep trying out different versions of the system till the final stable version is reached. While experimenting with different versions you do not need to worry about any accidental damage as all changes are recorded and the previous version can be restored upon restart. The changes are applied in a virtual isolated platform and the changes do not come into effect in the real system without confirmation from the user.

The Startup Recover manager is also a handy feature and enables you to add boot time so that True Image application can be accessed offline too. Secure zone helps to keep the backup files hidden and secure in your hard disk.

Perfect balance has not been achieved in data destruction techniques. While some methods have compromised reliability for speed others can erase data at fast speeds but are less reliable.  Another feature which should have been part of it is ‘Universal Restore’ or ‘Universal Backup’ feature which restores and backups data regardless of hardware.

The advancement of Acronis has been primary based on incorporating the newest technological developments. Such latest features have made the software incapable of use for any new user with limited technical knowledge;having said that, no significant improvement is there as compared to previous versions. Only some bug fixes have been implemented and Acronis are charging for upgrade. So, if you own 2012 version, you should not upgrade to 2013 unless you really want it.

Positive Points:
 -    Nicely laid out and intuitive interface.
 -    Plenty of features along with excellent combination of bonus tools.
 -    ‘Try and Decide’ feature.

Negative Points:
 -    Sector wise imaging of disk.
 -    No Universal Restore feature.
 -    It still has some stability issues to deal with.
 -    Some tools do not work perfectly and need significant improvement.

Conclusion:
With True Image 2013 Acronis has triedto emphasize that it is the best backup solution for your system’s backup needs, but has failed to perform as per the expectations. Superior technology combined with simplicity could have made it best program in its category, but imperfect features downgrade its worth. Acronis still does pretty well for an average home user, but users who are looking for something flawless should look somewhere else.

Rating: 3.5/5







Acronis True Image Home Publisher's Description

Acronis True Image Home 2012 provides home users with reliable backup, recovery, and file synchronization. You can easily define where and how often to backup a PC. Create copies of your hard drive in just a few quick steps while continuing to work. You can also synchronize your files between friends and family, folders, PCs, and online. Start a backup to multiple destinations including Secure Zone with just a few clicks. Acronis Nonstop Backup provides additional protection that thoroughly prevents data loss. Try&Decide lets you create an isolated environment, where you can safely test new applications or browse websites.

Free download from Shareware Connection - Acronis True Image Home 2012 provides home users with reliable backup, recovery and file synchronization. You can easily define where and how often to backup a PC. Create copies of your hard drive with just a few quick steps while continuing to work.

Publisher: Acronis | License: Shareware | Price: 49.99
Version: 2012 | Size: 246580 KB | Platform: Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Enterprise x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Starter, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64
Released Date: 23-08-2011 | Rating: 5 | Title: Acronis True Image Home

Author Url: http://www.acronis.com
Program Info Url: http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/
Download Url: http://download.acronis.com/ATIH2012_trial_en-US.exe
Screenshot Url: http://www.acronis.com/i/content/boxes/atih2012/atih2012-3dbox-110x121.png

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