Acronis True Image 2014 Premium Review

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Overview

Acronis True Image 2014 Premium is a desktop backup solution that that provides an interface to backup and restore software, settings and data from windows computers.

Installation

Installation of Acronis True Image 2014 Premium is quite simple, there are no extra settings to do at installation. Just put in your product key and select next.

Look and feel

When you first open True Image you are greeted with the “Get Started” tab. This greets you with three tutorial type slides shows:

  • How to back up data,
  • When to recover
  • What is Acronis Cloud

There are tabs at the top that make navigation quite simple and it is easy to find how to backup and access the tools and utilities.

Backup Procedure

The backup procedure is quite simple. You just hit the Backup and Recovery tab then select what type of backup you want to do. When you run the backup it gives you the option to shutdown the computer when the backup job is finished. The options are:

  • Disk and partition backup: This is to back up full disks and partitions. When you click this option you can select what disks and partitions you would like to backup and then select where you would like to backup to
  • File Backup: This is to backup particular files and folders. This will not backup any software or settings just the files that you would like to backup.
  • Email Backup: This allows you to backup your emails and contacts
  • Nonstop backup: This is actually a file sync. This allows you to sync any changes made to files to your backup location real-time.

Recovery

Recovery is quite simple just hit the recover button in the Backup and Recovery tab and then select your backup file. Then you can choose to recover everything or just particular files.

OS Support

  • Windows 8 all Editions
  • Windows 7 all Editions SP1
  • Windows Vista all Editions SP2
  • Windows XP Home Edition SP3
  • Windows XP Professional (X32 SP3/X64 SP2)
  • Windows Home Server 2011

Key Features

  • Backup to the cloud (5GB Cloud storage included)
  • Complete image backups allowing you to capture the current state of your PC
  • Incremental and differential backup
  • Run bare metal recoveries from the cloud
  • Ability to backup to local disk, USB drive, network share and the cloud
  • Mounting a backup image as a disk
  • Ability to make bootable media to act that allows you to run a bare metal recovery in the case that you can no longer boot your computer

My Thoughts

This software is quite easy to use and has a good user interface which I like because if people find it hard to use than they are less likely to actually backup their computers.

I really like the ability to run bare metal recoveries as its all well and good to just backup the data but in the case of hardware failure or OS corruption and you need to rebuild the computer it can take quite a bit of time to install all of the software and find all of the license keys. Where with a bare metal recovery you can just restore the backup and then you have the same environment as before you computer failed. This is a very important feature for business environments as time is literally money.

I also like the email backup feature a lot of other backup software I have seen do not have this feature.

The cloud backup feature is also interesting and reasonably priced you can get 500GB of backup storage for $9.99 a month. I’m not 100% sure what happens if you need more than 500GB backup storage. If they do have that available that would be good but it is unclear in the software and also on the Acronis website.

 

I did not get paid for this review. I did receive the software for free to review from geekbraindump.com. – See more at: http://www.geekbraindump.com/2014/06/19/macx-dvd-ripper-profor-windows-review/#sthash.5tWUC4kh.dpuf

All up this is a reasonably good backup solution. For business it looks quite good because as I said before time is money!! For home use I’m not sure if it is worth the $79.99 price tag, unless you do have critical uses for your computer, I would just use the built in backup software that is in Windows(unless of course you are using Windows 8 where Microsoft have changed the Windows Backup software).

I did not get paid for this review. I did receive the software for free to review from geekbraindump.com.

Author

Jake Gardner

Jake is an IT Consultant/Systems Engineer that works for a business that offers services to SMB clients. He runs his own business that delivers solutions geared towards online marketing and web design.

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