Acronis True Image
Acronis True Image Home 2012 is the latest
backup software from Acronis which allows users to backup precious
information on their PCs. As Acronis have been in the industry for a
considerable amount of time, the current version allows the user to
backup their information to a plethora of devices from local discs to
external drives such as USB or CD/DVD, including online. In essence, Acronis True Image
Home 2012 is your one stop shop for holistic data management from
backups to security and more.
What's new in Acronis
True Image Home 2012
Full support of GUID
Partition Table (GPT) disks and Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI)
with Windows 7
Large capacity hard
E-book file category
The great aspect about
the Home version is that it's suited directly towards the home user and
from its easy installation process, the only tricky aspect is typing in
the long serial number. The interface is probably one of the best that I
have seen in a long time. It even contains a great "How to Backup"
tutorial which takes the user through the backup process with some great
down to Earth graphics. Even with limited PC knowledge, you should have
no problem in using and mastering this software.
The program even
explains to the user when you should recover and gives scenarios like
Windows is not working properly or if a doomsday scenario happens and
you cannot boot up your computer. Thankfully True Image Home 2012 comes
with the option of making a bootable media disc such as USB or CD/DVD.
Apart from saving your data locally or on other local storage devices,
the program does offer access to Acronis Online which does involve a
By backing up remotely,
this ensures that your data is stored off-site and means that it will be
accessible from around the world should the need arise to restore your
data. The only issue is that if you have limited bandwidth, this feature
may be unsuitable for you. Acronis also use the latest encryption techniques to protect your
data from unauthorised users.
In terms of backups, you can backup your
entire hard drive petition which means EVERYTHING will be backed up or
you can select individual files or directories or alternatively a
combination of both. Backup times can even range from little as 5
minutes! With that said, this program doesn't just cater for backup your
facet of this software program is the "Tools and Utilities" area. The
most noticeable feature here is "Try & Decide" which allows you to
install any software package on your computer in a safe virtual
environment so if it hampers your system, the installation is not final
and easily be reversed. This is ideal for reviewers and testers like
myself or those who download lots of programs from the net.
There are also a variety of protection tools such as creating a rescue
disc should your PC become unusable, recover your entire system at boot
the ability to create a secured partition on your PC and finally the
Boot Sequence Manager that allows you to modify the way your PC may boot
up with multiple partitions.
One handy tool is the
backup setting transfer which allows you to create a backup but then
move it to another computer. Definitely another safety feature! This can be done via a home network as
well. Clone disc allows you to copy partitions from disc to another and
lastly we have disk management which allows you to create new partitions
on your hard drive without any hassles.
For those security
conscious users, Acronis have included some interesting security and
privacy options. System Clean-up destroys your computer usage history,
Acronis Drive Cleaner destroys all data on your hard drive partitions
and lastly we have File Shredder which guarantees deletion of your files
Acronis True Image home 2012 is a very
impressive program that not only makes backing up a very easy task but
offers a collection of great and useful tools. The inclusion of online,
although with a cost is another serious contender to ensuring that your
precious data remains safe. If you're in the market for a powerful
backup software package, than look no further!