Acronis True Image Reviews

Doesn't warn you if something goes wrong at all.

Negative Review by Jop
about Acronis True Image Nov 2016

I lost some files because the FTP upload for one of the volumes failed. Acronis didn't warn that the FTP upload failed at all and said that the back-up was successful.

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Solid And Adapting Tool

Positive Review by MeganInIT
about Acronis True Image Apr 2016

So I really like Acronis True Image, not just because it's a solid backup tool, but it just works! I've tried a few disk imagers, many of which have issues re-imaging a machine that's different hardware or otherwise incompatible in the slightest. Not impressed when this happens as honestly it's a huge annoyance that the disk image can't detect that I have a better hard drive.

True Image just works, whether I have different hardware or the same. Some people will say it's not worth the price but if you're going to be doing backups and replacing hardware over time it's in my opinion the best tool. Other disk imagers are fine but they likely can't do this, or at least not as well.

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Macrium Reflect Free - Paragon B+R Free 2011 - Acronis TI HE

Review by em4020
about Acronis True Image and Delage32, Paragon Backup & Recovery, Macrium Reflect Aug 2011

Comparison Macrium Reflect Free Edition 4.2 vs. Paragon Backup & Recovery 2011 Free (all 32+64 bit) vs. Acronis True Image Home Edition :

Application.....................................................Macrium Free 4.2...Paragon 2011 Free ...Acronis True Img. HE

Cleanup Backups automatically: ..............NO (1) .....................NO (1)............................YES

German User Interface: .............................NO ...........................YES.................................YES

Space Demand Hard Disk (32/64 bit)..... 25.7 MB ..................100/120 MB .................100 MB

Recovery failed system & Migration

on different hardware..................................YES?.........................YES.................................YES (3)

Real-to-virtual and virtual-to-real

Computer Migration ....................................NO.............................NO..................................YES (3)

Free for private use.....................................YES...........................YES..................................NO: 50€

Boot-CD recognizes

newer LAN-Cards (4)................................. NO.............................NO................................. YES

Boot CD DHCP Auto-IP-Config

with older LAN-Cards .................................YES ..........................NO................................. YES

  1. For automatical cleaning up of old Backups created with Macrium Reflect or Paragon B6R 2011 Free
    you need additional the free application http://alternativeto.net/desktop/delage32/ or my personal solution for this cleanup-task with a batch-file Del.Older.than.P2-Files.bat to keep a max. numer of e.g. the 5 newest backups.

  2. You cannot limit he maximum number of images or the maximum diskspace to store images

  3. Only with the Acrionis True Image Plus Pack

  4. Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Notebook (2011)

All 3 Applications have the features Volume Shadow copy Service (VSS), Backup with Compression, Windows 7 Backups. None of the 3 System-Backup-Apps has a Standard-Rescue-CD, which is able to recognize the WiFi-Network-Card from the new Lenovo X1 Notebook (2011).

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No free backup-app can automatically clean up old backups

Positive Review by em4020
about Acronis True Image and Delage32, Paragon Backup & Recovery, Macrium Reflect Jun 2011

Until now I knew only Paragon Backup & Recovery 2011 free, Macrium Reflect Free Edition and the System Image Backup of "Windows 7". With all these 3 applications I missed a configurable cleaning up of old backups in order to prevent the overloading of the backup disk. Only the Windows 7 backup ( from these 3 applications) can clean up old backups, if the backup hard disk is full to approx. 35%. Unfortunately, this percent value is not adjustable, e.g. to 90%.
I was glad to see, that "Acronis True Image Home", Version 2011 can carry out the automatic deleting of old backup files very comfortably and freely configurable. You can specify a max. folder size or max number of backups. If the folder or max backup-number grows bigger, the oldest backups will be deleted automatically.
Acronis True Image Home 2011 has an automatic cleanup philosophy, where you can set a max. folder size for the backup-file, as you can read on page 60 of the User Guide [1]:

"Acronis True Image Home 2011" offers comfortable automatic cleanup rules:

  • Store no more than [n] recent versions (available for full method only) - Select this option to
    limit the maximum number of backup versions. When the number of versions exceeds the
    specified value, the oldest backup version will be automatically deleted.

  • Keep size of the backup no more than [defined size]

[1] http://www.acronis.com/download/docs/atih2011/userguide .

The Ghost version 15 also is able to delete old backup files very comfortably and freely configurable.

The "Paragon Backup & Recovery 2011 free" similar as Macrium Reflect cannot cleanup old Backups automatically. You must use DelAge32 for this purpose, if you do not use a commercial backup solution.

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