Acronis True Image Home

Acronis True Image Home

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.0
out of 723 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2012
File Size:
269.06MB
Date Added:
August 25, 2011
Price:
Free to try (30-day trial); $49.99 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
798,656
Downloads Last Week:
1,084
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' Note: This is a large (241MB) file and may take long time to download via slow Internet connection.

Editors' review

Freeware's cool, but some programs are worth paying for. Antivirus, graphics, and accounting tools justify their cost if they outperform their free competitors, but for our money, nothing beats top-quality backup software. And for our system, nothing provides the level of security, total restoration capability, and confidence like Acronis True Image Home Edition. Acronis automatically creates full, incremental, and custom backups; remote backups; and even optional Internet-based backups with file synchronization features. It also includes a variety of tools for cleaning disks and shredding files, creating bootable media and secure partitions, backing up settings, adding and cloning disks, sandboxing unsafe operations, and other useful tasks. And, while Acronis True Image Home Edition creates thorough, top-quality backups, it does the job with amazing speed, even when working in the background.

Acronis True Image's user interface has an Office-style ribbon toolbar with tabs labeled Get started, Backup and Recovery, Synchronization, and Tools and Utilities. Acronis can create several types of backups using different levels of compression, different priority for system resources, and even different destinations, such as removable drives. Incremental backups create one main backup and only update it with changes to your system. Based on hard-earned experience, we always create new full backups that we store on a dedicated hard drive, plus a full copy on a removable drive. It's not overkill: Many times we've used Acronis backups to restore entire systems after unrecoverable disasters, even to completely new drives on third systems with Acronis installed. The Home Edition will also restore systems backed up with various free versions of Acronis, such as True Image WD. Help and support are plentiful.

Let's be clear: A proper external hard drive for storing your backups is far more important than which backup solution you choose, as long as you make use of it. We've compared Acronis to premium competitors like Ghost as well as excellent free tools such as Easus and, yes, Windows Backup, which you've already got (and use, we hope). Each does a good job and is much better than nothing. But experience is the best teacher. Based on our real-world experience, we trust Acronis True Image Home Edition.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of Acronis True Image Home 2012. The trial version is limited to 30 days.

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  • All Versions:

    3.0

    out of 723 votes

    • 5 star: 291
    • 4 star: 48
    • 3 star: 36
    • 2 star: 66
    • 1 star: 282
  • Current Version:

    1.9

    out of 24 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 16
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  • 2 stars

    "waste of time"

    July 20, 2014   |   By dumbassmalaysians

    Version: Acronis True Image 2014 2014

    Pros

    appears to work fine

    Cons

    the recovery disk will not run in Win 8.1
    (Linux kernel problem)

    Summary

    I purchased this product back in 11-13 and assumed that it would restore the backups that it created for my Win 8.1 system. Wrong!

    I got the whim to test the Acronis 2014 recovery disk one day and found that although it will try to boot it keeps giving the kernel error message. There may be some way to fiddle with your bios and get it to boot but I have wasted a couple of hours with Dell tech support trying to get it to work but to no avail. I have registered with Acronis but forgot my password and have never been able to reset it. Keeps asking for "email registration info" but rejects anything that I enter.

    Save your money... get Macrium Reflect, it works.

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  • 2 stars

    "Has many bugs, needs big improvement."

    May 31, 2014   |   By Reshiram

    Version: Acronis True Image 2014 2014

    Pros

    nonstop-backup feature.

    Backup encryption.

    Incremental version backups.

    bootable media.

    Cons

    Bad, No GUI improvement after major updates, Low fps on progress bar.

    Backups easily corrupt even cancle validation.

    Bootable media won't detect optimal resolution. user have to set manually by setting "vga=ask"

    Bootable media won't launch if user delete "quiet" command when creating Media.

    No error messages if backup file is corrupt during Partition recovery. Progress windows crashes. and the partition will gone user need to create another partition manually.

    Integrated in to Windows explorer by default, causing some explorer crashes or even whole system freeze.

    Summary

    When I lost all my data, I trusted Acronis to recover my files. but backups are partically damaged and Acronis cannot recover it. so all of my backup copy is useless.

    'm glad I tried this software before I purchase.

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  • 1 stars

    "WARNING: THIS SOFTWARE WILL DAMAGE YOUR COMPUTER"

    March 31, 2014   |   By steve001968

    Version: Acronis True Image 2014 2014

    Pros

    None. Nothing but problems with it and it's horrible customer services (which is chat only) to date.

    Cons

    Garbage, absolute garbage that will DAMAGE YOUR COMPUTER.

    Summary

    Sortware has a recovery environment that can be selected at bootup. The bootloader for this recovery environment which is only suppose to run if user selected at the normal startup choice of operating system has taken over the boot process and will not allow the machine to boot. After multiple issues with this software I consider it no better than a virus. Further Acronis then demands money to help fix the problem since they only support their VIRUS for 30 days. AVOID IT AT ALL COSTS! IT WILL DAMAGE YOUR COMPUTER!

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  • 1 stars

    "Trial is limited!"

    March 27, 2014   |   By jd3ee

    Version: Acronis True Image 2014 2014

    Pros

    More than 1 option available

    Cons

    Trial is limited. Cloning is unavailable for trial users!Not user friendly.

    Summary

    Don't waste disk space and your time trying this software unless your buying it.

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  • 5 stars

    "Tip - get this free if you have a Western Digital Drive"

    March 03, 2014   |   By HeavenlyBeverley

    Version: Acronis True Image 2014 2014

    Pros

    Anyone who is thinking of getting this, you should know that if your hard drive is Western Digital you get this for free. Just go to the Western Digital site. And if you have a Seagate or Maxtor hard drive you get the Seagate DiscWizard for free (I think it'sa slightly older version, not sure but it is the Acronis True Image software).
    This is undoubtedly one of the best (paid for) disc imaging progs around, and still going strong. I actually reboot to a clean system every time then I know, 100%, that there is nothing dodgy in my system. Yeah, it takes a bit longer, but it's nowhere near as long (and annoying) as constantly fighting viruses, malware, trojans etc. I just set up an external drive to save stuff I download to, otherwise that would disappear on reboot. About once a week I allow it to install all the updates etc that my pc needs and then make a new image (which doesn't take long as it's incremental).

    Cons

    A lot of people couldn't bebothered to set up a system like mine, but it works for me. I think it's worth it just to know that no matter what crap goes down on my PC it's just a matter of restarting. You do need to have a system though or you'll end up restarting and losing important stuff. You could use a virtual system reboot and restore system but they are not as invulnerable as a true image.

    Summary

    Very good software ... I started using it when Norton Ghost fizzled out. Make sure you undertand what you are doing though (ie MBR and partitions) or it could all end in tears.

    Bev Montenaro

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  • 3 stars

    "Still trying to figure out how to use this thing!!!"

    February 06, 2014   |   By Papa_Gard

    Version: Acronis True Image 2014 2014

    Pros

    Very easy to use this software; or so it seems !!

    Cons

    Very poor explanation of how to use this Software !!!

    Summary

    Either This is way too simple or much too complex to figure out; in any case, I'm not sure how best to use it !!!!!

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