Acronis True Image 2009, still a superb way to backup

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Acronis True Image 2009, still a superb way to backup
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The same excellent software under a new interface, but worth the price only if you didn’t buy it last year.

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Price: $70
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To mark the move to an annual naming structure, Acronis True Image 2009 comes with a complete overhaul of the ageing user interface. Gone are the old blue menus and slightly old-fashioned layout of True Image 11, in favour of a clean, clear and well-organised Vista-style front end. Acronis has always had the features, but this could be the version that finally marries them with novice-friendly ease of use.

Before you even get to that interface, True Image attempts to head you off after installation with an option to back up your entire system volume and master boot record. Once done, it's set to repeat at an interval of your choosing - if that's enough for your needs, you don't have to go any further.

But you'd be mad not to, since True Image has so many tweaks to ease your progress, from the usual AES protection on archives, to the choice of incremental or differential backups. Once you have a few on the go, Acronis can automatically consolidate those parts into one full archive, ready to start over.

Archives can be split automatically when they grow too large, and system priority can be set to avoid obstructing your daily routine.

There are some new additions, too. Archives are no longer a closed labyrinth of files: if you use either Windows' or Google's Desktop Search utilities, Acronis can install a plug-in that enables their use in text searches of TIB archives.

Whether it's just to see in which archive a given file resides, or to open, edit or move a file, it's a useful addition to True Image's post-backup flexibility.

Other additions include the ability to choose between traditional TIB archives and the popular ZIP format, potentially making it easier to make use of backups on other systems. Backups can now wait to run if the destination drive isn't ready; archives can be created on any external media, as well as FTP servers and network drives.

Despite this, it's hard to see True Image 2009 as a new product; it's really the same old backup tool under a superior interface. That interface is enough to justify its recommendations and keep it on the A List. But those who are already in the Acronis camp won't lose out much by sticking with what they already have.

 

This Review appeared in the April, 2009 issue of PC & Tech Authority Magazine

Source: Copyright © PC Pro, Dennis Publishing

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Comments: 1
davidk
6 July 2009
It turns out that despite its good UI and reviews, one thing True Image Home 2009 can't do is recover from an archive stored on a removable media - as for example, created during backup to an internal HDD, and then copied with verification to a CD or DVD, for storage off-system as all good backup practices recommend.

I had trouble recognising such an archive for recovery, and the support cell response was basically that a track or other hardware dependant indicator is written as part of created archive. Which means that a CD or DVD containing the file won't read correctly (errors as "not the last file in an archive") when selected for a recovery operation. This situation exists with 2 builds of TIH I have tested, and the latest one lists this as a "known issue" - see the web page reference which is the release notes for it following:
http://www.acronis.com.au/my/products/changes.html?p=4248

Why a company would create and market backup software which could not do this (recover from external removable media) is bizarre, as there are number of situations that would require this, eg, corrupted system drives when an OS and backup archives are inaccessible, or simply a failed HDD which has the same effect. Unfortunately I've experienced most of them. Perhaps this aspect should be part of any future review tests on this sort of package.

Davidk


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