"Backup, recovery, and data migration for PC"
True Image by Acronis exists to ensure that your important data such as images, music, documents and applications will be well protected and easily recovered in the event of a disaster. Accidents happen, viruses hurt and your information is important, so True Image can be quite helpful.
The size of the setup file is 226 MB, it runs on all Windows versions from XP to Win7 with a shareware license. You can download the trial for freeÂ or purchase the “full version” for fifty dollars. Upon opening the file, you’ll be taken to the first install screen that gives you several options. The installation is very straight forward. On the way you will be asked if you want to participate in the Acronis customer Experience Program. The goal is to have customers give feedback to help improve the program on future versions so join it, if you want.
If you’re installing as trial, you’ll be redirected to the Acronis site first in order to get the trial serial number, which will be sent via email.
You can go for the custom installation, complete installation or typical installation. If you are an advanced user and want a specific setup, choose custom. If the extra features are worth the disk space for you, then choose complete. Otherwise go with typical. Restart your computer and you’re done.
True Image by Acronis’ interface is very simple and pleasing to the eye. It looks sleek with the blues and whites of the program matching the rest of Windows 7 quite well. A backup button exists to back up important files, a recovery button exists to recover the files, a task log, the “try and decide feature” and Tools and Utilities. The “try and decide” feature allows you to open and download risky files without any risk. There will be more information on that in the pros section. Tools and Utilities gives you access to the different file protecting methods True Image puts at your disposal.
True Image by Acronis is built on the most advanced, highly-rated disk imaging technology available to consumers. You can copy your entire PC, including the operating system, applications, user settings, and all data and even encrypt them with 128, 192 or 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). If you suffer a system or disk crash, virus attack or other failure, you can restore the entire system disk in minutes.
On-line backup lets you back up files on a remote source which will allow you to recover them even if your computer gets damaged or stolen.
The “try and decide” feature lets you try new software and browse the Web without endangering your computer from malware or unknown software. After testing, you can decide whether to keep or discard changes to your system.
Works across reboots and includes password protection for parental control.
One-click backup lets you decide what, where, and when to back up. After that, backups occur automatically and restores take just one more click.
True Image supports USB 3.0, which means you can make your backups even faster now if your PC supports USB 3.0.
When you replace a hard drive on your PC, True Image makes sure you don’t inadvertently give personal or organizational data to cyber thieves.
True Image by Acronis can restore all your installed applications with their settings and any updates you’ve performed.
The product is not without some bugs and error messages but this is to be expected with every major upgrade. Rest assure though, the Acronis team usually fixes all the bugs promptly while the support team is always available for your needs.
The Genie Backup Manager has the capacity to back up the Windows Registry, Favorites, Outlook data, and other system files as well as normal email and user data. The latest version has a disaster recovery option that allows you to backup and restore your Windows operating system as well as your data. The only negative is the program is so flexible that all the options may initially confuse some raw beginners.
Norton Ghost, NovaBACKUP, Handy Backup and Double Image are some other backup and restore options, but they are not all as easy to use as True Image by Acronis. A manual solution consisting of an external hard disk clone, on which you can manually backup important files, works as well, but it takes time to maintain and you have to place it somewhere safe.
True Image by Acronis is easy to use, effective, full of great features, and has only minor bugs and errors. It is a great and effective program to keep your files safe no matter what happens. Once you get it up and going, it does most of the work behind the scenes for you. I would definitely recommend this program.
Requirements: 1GB RAM; Processor Pentium 1 GHz or faster; 1.5 GB of free space on a hard disk.
What's new in this version: What's new: Entire PC backup New, touch-friendly interface Built-in data migration
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