Acronis True Image 11 Home
Before starting this review, I would like
to disclose a horror story that occurred to me about a month ago which I
have still not fully recovered. Windows XP would not boot up... I had
thousands of family photographs, e-mails and documents that "almost" went
Although I recovered all the documents on
the hard drive, I needed to re-install everything on my computer and
even to do this day... not everything has been re-installed.
In hindsight, if I had a
backup program, the stress and work would have been non-existence and
ironically after the event, I was lucky enough to review Acronis True
Image 11 Home which is an extremely impressive backup software package
for the PC.
I was one of those naysayers who said
"it would never happen to me".
Try and Decide: easy rollback of system
Smart Scheduling: start backup when
user is idle, login/logout and other events
Protect your archives with
Search for files to restore in all your
Protect your privacy with new security
Supports 64-bit CPU and Windows Vista
Installation? What installation! Acronis
True Image 11 Home simply auto-installed onto our Windows XP test
machine and in under a few minutes, we were greeted to a rather self
explanatory interface which medium to professional computers should have
no issues whatsoever.
Those who have never used a non Microsoft
product before may need a little more coaching but fortunately there are
enough wizards and settings in this program to put away their fears.
So What does Acronis True Image 11 Home
offer? The answer is a plethora of backup options such as smart
scheduling (backup information when the computer is idle or logged out
of windows), password encryption and selective restore features which
means users can select what they wish to restore onto their computers.
Best of all, which I wish I had a few
months ago... the
program also has a emergency boot-time restore that in my early example
would have saved me hours and hours upon of frustration.
To perform backups on Acronis True Image
11 Home, it was simply as 1-2-3 which also allowed me to backup certain
information such as family photos and work documents. Wish to backup
your entire hard drive? Simple! Although the initial backup does
take some time, the program also has the ability to only add those
changes to the files which means you are always up to date.
Best of all, we decided to gamble with fate
and the restoration of Acronis True Image 11 Home was extremely fast and
this is dependent on how much information you have, size of the hard
drive and speed of the processor. We've tested a few of the competitors
and Acros True Image 11 Home is up there with the best.
Needless to say Acronis True Image
11 Home is a brilliant program and for an affordable RRP of $79.95AUD,
it is a small price to pay to prevent a catastrophic computer disaster.
Features of Acronis True Image
Backup your entire PC
- Create an exact copy of
your PC for a full backup
- Backup and restore your
music, video, data and pictures
- Backup your emails and
Outlook data and settings
- Protect your PC application
- Schedule backups
automatically by time or system events
- Acronis Boot-time Restore –
Start working in seconds while your system is still being
restored in the background.
- Acronis Secure Zone –
Protect your system by saving an image to a special hidden
partition on your hard disk. Especially useful for notebooks
and tablet PCs.
- Acronis Recovery Manager –
Boot your computer to start the recovery process by
selecting the F11 key, even if your operating system has
failed Comprehensive backup.
- Exclude files and folders –
Save space when creating backups by only backing up the data
you want to keep.
- Incremental and
differential backup – Decrease backup space requirements by
capturing only the changes made since your last backup.
- Live backups – Continue
working during your disk backup.
Benefits of Acronis True Image
- In the event of a system or
disk crash, virus attack or other fatal failures you can
restore the entire disk contents in minutes – no
- Protect your digital
memories from a fatal system failure. Unlike traditional
printed pictures or music CDs, if your PC crashes those
memories could be lost forever without Acronis True Image.
- Use Acronis True Image to
restore all the settings for Microsoft Office, iTunes, Media
Player and dozens of other most popular applications.
- New Try and Decide feature
lets you test new software or browse the web in a protected,
safe environment. At the end of the session, you decide
whether to keep or to discard the changes to your system.
- New security and privacy
tools: Use Acronis Drive Cleanser, File Shredder and System
Clean-up utilities to protect your privacy by safely
destroying sensitive data, cleaning up your system, or
securely wiping the entire hard drive.