Editor's Note: The following review is based on Acronis True Image 2014. Acronis has since announced the release of True Image 2016, which will be evaluated with the scheduled update of this site. This review has been discontinued from our lineup because it does not meet the criteria for the small business software we are comparing.
Whether you're worried about important documents on your home PC or the programs you use with your small business, you need backup software with the capabilities to store your files and restore virus-free copies should your computer crash. Acronis True Image is robust backup software with a full range of tools and features. Its backup wizards give you the tools you need to quickly back up your hard drive, and its advanced options help you fully utilize all the program's features.
Acronis True Image lets you perform full system, incremental and differential backups. A full system backup will preserve all your files and folders. Incremental and differential backups copy only the files that changed since the last backup. Differential backups are slightly different because they do not archive older files, so they take longer than incremental backups. Fortunately, all backups run quietly in the background, so you can still use your computer without disruption or much system lag.
Acronis True Image comes with up to 5GB of free cloud storage, but you can add more online storage space for an extra fee. You can store backups in the Acronis Cloud and automatically sync data across all your devices. This is a great option if you do not have enough local space or if you want to make sure there is an added layer of backup protection.
This data backup software also includes useful features like Try&Decide and Time Explorer. Try&Decide gives you the freedom to download software applications and browse websites without risking harmful infections; you can accept or reject installations and downloads and restore previous settings. The Time Explorer feature lets you preview what your hard drive looked like during each backup and select which version you want to restore.
Acronis True Image backs up and restores everything perfectly. We backed up one hard drive and stored the data on a separate hard drive on another computer. Restoring the data was simple, and the restored copy worked as well as the original. All data was preserved, including the registry and other system tools, as well as all individual files and file paths. This software can to restore the customized settings that make your applications function in the way you've set them up to run. This is an advantage that other backup applications lack. Finally, Acronis True Image creates universally viewable copies, so you can view your files and folders, even without running True Image.
The Set&Forget feature ensures that any changes made to your hard drive are backed up, so if a crash occurs, the most recent items you've modified and saved will be restored. This tool also enables you to schedule automatic backups. You can choose whether you would like the backups to take place daily, weekly, monthly or incrementally. Once you determine the schedule, the application will automatically back up your files without any further effort on your part.
Additionally, you can set this application to send you email notifications when backup activity occurs. You can also view the dedicated logs for backup, recovery and non-stop backup. Unfortunately, system administrators cannot remotely schedule backups. Other than that missing features, the simple scheduling and excellent reporting tools make True Image among the top data backup solutions we reviewed.
Acronis True Image includes comprehensive embedded help. All subjects are divided into individual categories, which helps you find the information you're looking for. You’ll have quick access to the help information through the help menu toolbar. You can search the online knowledgebase and FAQs on the Acronis website, and you can ask a customer service representative questions through the live chat support feature. Furthermore, there are email and telephone support options for receiving a quick response to any problems or concerns you may have.
Acronis True Image is robust data backup product that allows you to back up your whole system or individual files and folders. The software has a clean and user-friendly interface, and it provides many standout features that make backing up simple and effective. Overall, Acronis True Image is a powerful backup application.
Acronis True Image is simple to use, but it still offers many advanced backup tools.
This backup solution does not allow system administrators to remotely schedule backups.
Acronis True Image is among the top backup software options because it is simple to use and has a full range of backup and recovery tools.