Acronis True Image takes home our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award for Best Disk Imaging Software with its set of power user tools packaged in a home user’s kit. The deceptively simple interface gives you access to most all of the available features and basic backup tools in data recovery. We are also particularly impressed by the cross-platform functionality that extends from Windows and Mac operating systems to include Linux with an out-of-the-box OS-independent boot CD. All of this makes it one of the best disk imaging applications available.
Acronis’ Nonstop Backup brings you fully restored image files faster and with less chance of retrieving corrupted data when compared to lesser disk imaging applications. When you first run the program, True Image will perform a full backup of your computer. After that, this feature will perform periodic updates to changed data. Your Nonstop Backup data is kept in its own locked partitioned drive, keeping it secure from other programs.
The Try&Decide feature provides a safe environment for you to preview files and programs without having to worry about them negatively affecting your computer’s performance. Try&Decide is similar to a network sandbox, in that your computer is protected from changes that might otherwise negatively affect its performance. Any changes you make while in Try&Decide mode can simply be discarded to return you to your previous settings. Quite a few popular anti-virus programs offer similar functionality, but unlike them, Acronis lets you restart your computer while in Try&Decide mode and it will still be in that mode when it comes back online. Your computer will stay in that mode until you disable it.
Acronis’ cloud storage offers you the peace of mind of redundant offsite data storage for absolute data continuity. From your Android or iOS device, you are able to access the latest development from Acronis, including cloud storage and the available Automatic File Sync, which pushes files between connected devices while backing up your data. With your purchase you receive one year of 5GB cloud data recovery storage. Acronis offers competitively priced plans of up to 125GB after that.
There is of course a drawback to these great features. Acronis true Image does use 1GB from your system’s RAM when it’s running. Many computers built just five years ago have only that much available or a maybe little more. While Acronis is our Gold Award winner, we recommend that you only install this software on newer machines with enough available RAM. However, older machines whose drives have already been imaged can be emulated as a virtual machine though Acronis.
An available boot disk feature allows you to create boot media with a CD-ROM, DVD, Blu-ray Disc or USB storage device for quick access to a compromised system. In the case of a catastrophic failure, your whole system could be restored simply by loading the cloned image from your home network or external hard drive to your new system. The intuitive design and variety of features means you may never suffer through a total data loss again.
Acronis True Image disk imaging software is made to handle your recovery needs. Backed-up image files that were saved to the network, the cloud, a partitioned drive or an external hard drive can be restored through the same devices. Restoring individual files and folders is also provided as a boot time option if you are unable to restore them on the fly. Backed-up images burned to CD-ROM, DVD, Blu-ray Disc or a USB flash drive for easy storage can be restored during your computer’s next reboot.
Images are stored as virtual disks and are mountable as a virtual drive complete with their own drive letter. Virtual disk drives also serve as a great location from where you can run games and other disc-based programs for peak performance. Virtual disk images are stored as read-only files so they can’t be accidentally over-written by other programs.
Whatever your skill level, Acronis True Image gives you a user-friendly interface. You can set scheduled automatic backups to occur daily, weekly or monthly. A high-level calendar view displays the status of scheduled operations at a glance. Dedicated logs track the actions of all features, whether they’re scheduled to reoccur or are just a one-time operation.
Acronis True Image is set up to assist you with its disk imaging software. Customer support is available directly through the True Image website. Submitted requests can take a few minutes to a few days to get a response, depending on how you submit your request. A Live Community forum connects you to other Acronis customers and MVPs for a nearly instant response to your questions. Live chat connects you with Acronis support professionals within minutes. Less urgent questions can be emailed to Acronis where you can expect as much as a three-day response time. Telephone support is also available, but you must purchase a per-incident license.
The Acronis website has FAQs, online forums and a link to subscribe to the company's newsletter. These resources are particularly useful for answering questions and helping you further your knowledge of Acronis True Image. Additionally you can find troubleshooting guides, documentation help and registration and account information online.
Acronis True Image is a powerful set of hard drive imaging and cloning tools packaged for the home user. Expanded functionality puts its capabilities well beyond most of today’s best off-the-shelf computers, making it just as useful today as it will be five years from now when you use it to migrate your data to a new computer. The downside is that it requires 1GB of RAM, which means that it will not work well on an older system unless you have a gigabyte to spare. Power users and gamers will appreciate its expanded functionality, virtual disk and drive features on a simple interface. Available hard drive recovery and support options also mean that you can be back up and running in no time if your system ever crashes.
Acronis offers secure cloud storage with competitively priced plans up to 125GB.
The 1GB RAM minimum system requirement of Acronis True Image will limit your data recovery to newer machines.
The available features of the Acronis True Image disk imaging software includes a robust set of tools made to keep your data safe and secure. The easy-to-use interface and setup wizards provide quick access to the most essential tasks.