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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Drive Imaging Software for Home Users"

    September 11, 2011  |   By RGoodhouse

    Version: Acronis True Image Home 2012

    Pros

    Easy to Setup, Easy to Run, Easy to Maintain, Very Easy to restore because the screen look that same during restore and was you were backing it up from Windows. Great Videos to help you get up to speed.

    Cons

    To Many Screen changes from Version to Version

    Summary

    If you want Great/Reliable Backups, this is the software for you. It backs up to anything and it backs up everything. It Creates an Emergency Restore Disk with every Driver you need to reboot your system to a Restoration State. If you want to Merge to a Larger Drive, make sure you get the PowerPack Addon, so you can restore to any hardware. If you do a backup just after installing, you never have to Re-Install Windows Again, You will just have to restore that image and start from there. When a Service Pack is released, you can do an image backup before and after the Service Pack Install and go back if something in the service pack is Bad.
    If you are migrating from Win-XP to Win-7, you can convert the Acronis TIB and create a Win-XP VM that will run inside Win-7 without any problems, so it's is like bring an old friend with you to Windows 7. It's doesn't get much easier then that.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Pain to use - Modifies boot record of HD."

    September 10, 2011  |   By skeptic02

    Version: Acronis True Image Home 2012

    Pros

    Not much to recommend it.

    Cons

    This version, once registered applies to one computer only, not easily transferrred especially when the system crashes. Makes it difficult to transfer registration to another computer.

    Summary

    I updated from the 2011 version to this one. Having problems, I uninstalled it and reverted to Windows 7 Ultimate / Professional's inbuilt backup/restore utility. Unfortunately Acronis modifies the boot record which displays a message that is not removed by uninstalling the program and if the F11 function key is activated during boot-up (as per message) that will lock up the computer forcing a power reset.
    I believe this version of Acronis is just a money grab, once registered to a computer it won't allow it to be installed again without removing that registration and transferring it to another computer. Hence a Laptop and Desktop require their own registered copy. Prior to this latest version that was not a requirement. Sure there is a special deal for 3 licenses, which had I known of the problems ahead, I might have considered buying. Instead I purchased the latest update and installed it. Sadly it failed to work correctly on a SCSI Raid 0 based system. Consequently I uninstalled it (leaving the modified boot record and message in place). To make use of it, I intended to install it on a laptop instead; it refused to install as it had already been registered (appears it keeps a record on its webserver which is compared to any new installation). An error message indicated a need to transfer the license from the previously registered computer to new computer (laptop). However that is no longer an option as it won't reinstall correctly to allow me to transfer the registration.
    Overall, unless those extra features are relevant, I do not believe it is better than Windows (7) inbuilt Backup and restore routine. The latter has never given me a problem and works every time. Acronis's GUI is confusing when trying to make sense of which backup is where on a multi HDD system. I won't bother trying to recover the upgrade registration key and write off the cost to a bad decision. I will stick with the 2011 version on the Laptop simply because it will easily backup to an external USB HDD, something I have not tried with Windows 7 inbuilt Backup/Restore utility.
    Once bitten twice shy!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Product works great for me!"

    September 8, 2011  |   By Thehegemon

    Version: Acronis True Image Home 2012

    Pros

    *2012 has nicer GUI than 2011 version
    *2012 has additional tools (such as folder sync)
    *Great for doing backup images of the entire disk

    Cons

    *Sometimes its difficult to get to the archive (2012 gui may help)

    Summary

    I'm a developer, I use both the bootable media and the backup software (2011 and now 2012) to backup computers or create images. I have never had an issue with the software. The 2012 version comes with a folder sync program and Addtl tools. After I setup a new computer, I basically create a image using the boot disk to a USB drive and then if I ever need to restore to original image or the PC gets cluttered, I just re-image using the boot disk and then copy the user folders/files back to the PC or laptop. Acronis works great for this purpose. In addition, since it uses shadow copy, I also use it to backup my computer on a daily basis to an external SATA drive.

    Note: When I upgraded to 2012 I needed to contact technical support. I used the chat version and the person was knowledgeable and very helpful. I had to wait about 15 minutes to get the chat support person online, but had no issue installing and migrating my backup jobs with their support.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "When do you really need to backup quickly?"

    September 3, 2011  |   By limazon

    Version: Acronis True Image Home 2012

    Pros

    It seemed easy to use.

    Cons

    I couldn't get it to back up. It kept failing and giving some generic message like 'Backup failed'

    Summary

    I tried to get help from their forum - nothing. After a few painstaking hours I found a free piece of backup software (wish I could remember what it was called - I'm just digging to find it) which gave me the reason every backup I tried was failing: bad clusters.That's why you backup isn't it? A simple msg. was enough. After running disk check it turned out the harddrive was actually failing. I was willing to pay for decent, reliable software - but only if can really top free options. Acronis gets one star from me for not giving me the first hint that my harddrive was failing.

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