Acronis True Image 10.0 Home Review

I'm not backup, I'm disk image

Submitted by David on Sat, 2005-12-24 12:27.
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The lowest price: 37.49$
You can buy it at RegNow for that price.
Can back up entire hard-drive, selected partitions or folders picked. Absolutely positively the best way to recover PC after a major malfunction or virus attacked that wiped out hard-drive
Acronis True Image 10 Home, while simple to use, is a lot more complex that backup solutions that don't use creating disk images technology.

I don't think you can call my review unbiased. I am a total fan of Acronis TrueImage ever since version 7.0. That's the only backup solution I use (recently upgraded to 9.0) and that's the only solution I will use, unless something better comes out. What's so great about TrueImage 9.0?

It's the only backup solution (that I know of) that backs up everything - data, applications, OS, registry, drivers, system files that regular users don't have access to and don't see. Other backup solutions usually protect just data. So if you had a major virus attack that disabled your PC, you'd first have to reformat your hard-drive, re-install Windows and then you'd get your data back (but not Windows settings, which you'll need to reconfigure).

Acronis True Image 10 Home is different. You don't need to re-install Windows in the event of disaster. Since this app makes the exact image of your drive (every single file, actually), it will see what system files and drivers are missing or corrupted and you'll have access to your PC in 5 minutes. No need to waste hours to re-install Windows XP, plus you would not be able to find that boot CD anyway. Hell, if I know where mine is.

Acronis True Image 10 Home does not have to be used to back up the entire drive or certain volume (partition). You can back up only documents or important files (or your game saves). There is a Snap Restore function, which basically means that you can start restoring and work with your PC at the same time, without having to wait before data is fully restored. There are filters that let you exclude certain file types you don't want to back up, like temporary files or system files. This really speeds up the process, because no matter how fast a backup solution is, backing up that 80 GB drive will take some time.

Finally, you can create two backup files. The first file will contain the exact image of your drive. The second backup files will back up only files that have been changed. This means you don't have to back up the entire drive every time. Once is enough. Also, you can Restore Windows directly from Acronis TrueImage 9.0 (vs. accessing the same option via Windows).


I'd say just try it. The demo version for Acronis True Image 10 Home is 32 megabytes, at least it was the last time I checked it. Play around with it. Also Acronis support is quite good, if you have any questions, contact them, they are very friendly, at least their US branch is.