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Acronis has long been a popular destination for backup solutions. True Image 2013 adds mobile device support for its cloud storage to attract more users.

For people who are new to backing up their computers, True Image 2013 brings an approachable interface with short, helpful descriptions that acquaint users with the primary functions. The cartoon sketches might seem childish at first glance, but regardless, the friendly attitude offers assurance that the partitioning and backup process isn't as intimidating as one might think.

The new version retains all the standard and advanced features from 2012 -- you can still create backups in about every way imaginable with Acronis 2013's backup and recovery tools. Alongside the classic disk and partition backup modes, True Image 2013 lets you create and restore your backups online via cloud, search for backups from the file level, set periodic backups and recoveries for your media content, and restore your machine states via bootable media such as USB. Creating a direct backup worked best for us.

Acronis' mobile experience was mixed at best; we used an Android tablet to test out the file-syncing and cloud-backup features. Though it recognized our synced drive, it kept crashing even after trying to create a new folder. Your mileage may vary depending on the compatibility of your Android device and the version of your operating system. For our device, it flat out did not work as intended. Acronis' other syncing and cloud features may sound great but its strongest asset lies in the the program's default disk backup and cloning functions; they're speedy and effective. We recommend that you exercise caution when using other recovery options, especially if you have other backup programs installed, as Acronis uses its own unique format.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

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    out of 721 votes

    • 5 star: 291
    • 4 star: 48
    • 3 star: 36
    • 2 star: 64
    • 1 star: 282
  • Current version:

    2.1 stars

    out of 27 votes

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    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 5
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Only appears to work"

    June 8, 2013  |   By DudeP3

    Version: Acronis True Image Home 2013

    Pros

    Makes you think your data is backed up

    Cons

    Can't actually restore data
    sets attributes on clones that render them useless
    Customer service is not worthy of a rating since it doesn't exist

    Summary

    Find a better product, this does not work well with Win 8, and can't actually clone a drive. The software will change the size, then lock you out so you can't fix it rendering the drive useless you use linux to get it reformatted,

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works Well, Just dont uninstall it"

    May 27, 2013  |   By Kewlzter

    Version: Acronis True Image Home 2013

    Pros

    Feature rich, nice interface, great options. iffy support for GPT/UEFI Windows 8.

    Cons

    Complicated. takes getting used to. Slow only because you have to click option after option to backup or restore. The boot-media is system ignorant, so you have to direct the recovery. you can only hope that after the fifth or sixtieth page of options, you selected everything right.

    Summary

    This one is good, if you are willing to invest in it, both with your pockets and your mind. Also, WARNING. there is some drivers this program installs, that make uninstalling it impossible. Ruined my system after a successful uninstall, i got a BSOD 0xc0000135 upon restart and no way to fix it except reinstalling windows, or recovering from a backup.
    Tested this on a clean freshly installed copy of Windows 8(x64,UEFI) and got the same error after installing and uninstalling.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Problems with TIH 2013 and Windows Explorer interface."

    March 27, 2013  |   By eesamp

    Version: Acronis True Image Home 2013

    Pros

    Good inferface, reletively easy to use.

    Cons

    There is aa problem with the Windows Esplorer when opening Computer, Network and Control Panel icons.

    Summary

    I have used TIH since 2010. The 2013 version was causing a problem when trying to open the Desktop Computer icon and the Network icon.
    A process - dllhost.exe *32 would start, and if working would go away. Half the time the dllhost process would hang, causing nothing to appear in the Computer window. It would just sit there. Kill the process and the problem clears up until the next time.
    Note; TIH is not open at this time, only its processes are running

    I found there were many others having the same problem and most were using TIH 2012 or 2013. I tried disabling all the TIH services and processes, but the problem still persisted. I then completely uninstalled TIH and the problem went away. I find no referernce to this on the Acronis web site.

    I have switched to EaseUS ToDo Backup and it works just fine.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Can't recommend. Loads slow. Support no help."

    February 25, 2013  |   By Fort37

    Version: Acronis True Image Home 2013

    Pros

    Once the program loads up it performs backups and restores as expected. Lots of choices of backup methods etc. Nice interface.

    Cons

    Takes over my computer. Hogs all the resources. Need to use Task Manager to cancel operation. Even after it loads up (5 minutes) it takes the same amount of time (5 minutes) to active my choice of backup. Once this is done the program seems to work fine. Had a number of long onml;ine chats with tech support. Let them remote control my system and they saw the same things I was seeing. They eventually passed it up to "expert" support who emailed me and asked for system dumps etc. I did all they asked and have not heard back in over a month. I emailed once and they said they are working the problem and that it may take a long time. That's all I've heard from them so far. Could be getting a runaround only time will tell.

    Summary

    I am considering another back up software "Macriun Reflect" as they have a free version that runs on my 64bit Win 7 system without a problem. May upgrade to the full version which is similar in capability to ATIH 2013. It's a shame because I have always liked Acronis but it looks like this latest version has a way to go before it is usable. And all the reports of poor support have me thinking of moving on.

    Updated on Feb 25, 2013

    Ironically, just after posting this I got an email from Acronis expert support. Apparently the person handling my issue is no longer with Acronis. The new expert advised me the issue was related to the enumeration of my cd/dvd devices and offered three possible solutions. One was to disable the cd/dvd devices prior to launching ATIH 2013. I tried that and it solved the problem! Subsequently after some trial and error I found that one of my three cd/dvd devices was the cause of the problem. I have removed that device and now Acronis is running like it should. So I must give them kudos for good tech support and now I can recommend this software. Perhaps those having a similar issue can try disabling your cd/dvd devices and see if it solves your problem as well.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not Recommended"

    February 16, 2013  |   By digitalfirestudios

    Version: Acronis True Image Home 2013

    Pros

    Nice interface, useful features, legacy reputation was good.

    Cons

    Painfully Slow, No uninstall, unexplained activity, hijacks Windows, upgrade issues with older image files, poor support.

    Summary

    Years ago, this used to be the backup software to beat. Now it's one of the worse I've used lately. First, I have no respect for any software that doesn't include a proper uninstall procedure. There are many times when this is necessary, not just because I don't particularly care for it. This alone is unprofessional and a reason to stay away!!

    Once installed, it is painfully slow and reports errors on some USB connected drives. For example, I have a WD external drive that I "know" is in perfect shape but during it's scan, True Image reports an error with a negative sector number that is outside the range of sectors available on the drive. Then it makes you wait, and wait, and wait, only to tell you the same thing again. It takes 20-minutes to get through a scan in my case...20-minutes!!

    It also does this lengthy scan for every tool you try to use instead of scanning once and storing the information temporarily in RAM while you use the software, or at least only scanning when necessary as the result of a change in drives or geometry. The timeout for errors is a lengthy 10-minutes and cannot be adjusted any lower and in fact, doesn't actually work. I've personally seen errors stay on the screen until you responded to them in excess of 30-minutes. Cancelling any function also does not work except, and only in the case of performing a backup. You cannot for example, cancel a scan that's going on for 15-minutes. I've had two crashes for unknown reasons with no explanations.

    In an attempt to install a new 3-TB drive, this software could not successfully create a partition, format that partition, and make it available for use. In my particular case, it "appeared" to create the partition, format it, but upon rebooting (which it took over an hour...doing something with no indication of what), nothing was done. This is a brand-new drive with no data.

    I actually, and regrettably, purchased the latest version which requires you to be online and logged-in to get support which is only through various forums. If you want to get someone on the phone and on a weekend, forget it.

    My system is very robust (used for HD video editing with Adobe AE, Sony Vegas, etc) and I'm a power-user with strong technical knowledge so with all due respect to others, many of these issues have nothing to do with 'user error'. The fact is that nobody should have to spend this much time on system maintenance, backup software should be simple enough to set and forget, be reliable and have the ability to be uninstallable when necessary. Acronis True Image 2013 fails tremendously on all these points.

    I'm sure others may have different, perhaps better experiences with this software than I have and that's great. However if you're considering this software and have not purchased it yet, my recommendation is for you to look elsewhere!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Acronis True Image Home 2013"

    February 2, 2013  |   By kawasik

    Version: Acronis True Image Home 2013

    Pros

    Absolutely Nothing!

    Cons

    Tech & Customer Support very very bad! Stay far far ways from this product! **WARNING** after 60 days no support what so ever they will make you pay for support period!

    Summary

    I'm a IT professional. I was trying out this software on my own network computers. I purchased 6 copies. I have been busy with work. I really didn't know for a awhile that I had an issue with one of the computers. At first I thought it was on my end. Well come to find out it was not on my end at all. I went to get some support. I was told time after time. I need to pay for support because my free support had ran out, really after 60 days really? They would not budge one bit! I said really, I bought 6 copies of your software & you can't help me with one problem. They just blew me off!
    I uninstalled all copies of this software & went with Norton Ghost which is working flawless. Which I must say has much much better product & support by a long shot!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "One of the Best System Backup tool"

    January 29, 2013  |   By salmanshah123

    Version: Acronis True Image Home 2013

    Pros

    Simple Interface which makes it easy to use, extremely fast and its compression capability is superb. It compressed 24GB data into 9GB in only 7 mins! That is impressive.

    Cons

    I have faced any problem while backing up my system.
    I have not restored it yet. So I can't tell about its restore performance.

    Summary

    waiting to restore.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Awful,really slow,buggy. Manual = longwinded & useless."

    January 25, 2013  |   By Gold60

    Version: Acronis True Image Home 2013

    Pros

    Could not tell if it was working so did not observe any Pros

    Cons

    It locked up my W7 system so that it would not shut down (after 9 hours of waiting with no apparent activity).
    Uninstall failed. I had to use Widows System Restore to get rid of it. This in turn meant I had to reinstall Norton 360.

    Summary

    That is the end of Acronis for me.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Nonstop backup does not work reliably"

    January 21, 2013  |   By vomako2012

    Version: Acronis True Image Home 2013

    Pros

    Nice user interface

    Cons

    Nonstop backup worked for a few days and then it stopped working. I deleted the backup and created a new one. It worked again for a few days and then it stopped working.

    Summary

    I expect a backup solution to be more reliable.

    Updated on Jan 24, 2013

    From my point of view, Acronis support has been, in two cases I chatted with them, incompetent (if I provided the chat protocol, I guess everyone would agree) and unreliable (e.g., they did not call back at the agreed time).

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Simple, reliable, does the job"

    December 12, 2012  |   By stephendufton

    Version: Acronis True Image Home 2013

    Pros

    This is 1 of 4 backup software packages I tried out. Its pretty straight forward, though I found the opening screen rather confusing. It is also pretty efficient - I don't notice it running ( I have a desktop machine) and it does a full backup of everything on the machine in around 2 hours. The main pro for me is the number of options available for the back up. I need to keep only one back up and have limited space. So I set the backup to overwrite the existing backup each time it runs. This was not possible with the other three products - all of the failed because of lack of disk space. I checked out the backup a couple of times. No problems and it is very easy to retrieve just part of the backup.

    Cons

    The interface seems more confusing than it needs to be . It took 2 or 3 attempts to get the back up strategy that I needed working. Yet once I understood what was needed, it was simple and straightforward. Its a bit pricey

    Summary

    good product

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