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Acronis True Image 11 Home PC Review - -

Installation 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Usefulness 8.6
Value 8.8
Distributor: Manaccom
Review Date:
December 08
Edward Millarion


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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 missing.


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".  


New Features

  • Try and Decide: easy rollback of system changes

  • Smart Scheduling: start backup when user is idle, login/logout and other events

  • Protect your archives with password-based encryption

  • Search for files to restore in all your backups

  • Protect your privacy with new security tools

  • 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. Brilliant!

Features of Acronis True Image 11 Home:

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 configuration settings
  • Schedule backups automatically by time or system events

Exclusive technology

  • 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 11 Home:

  • 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 reinstalltions required.
  • 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.


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