Pros Clear Icon-based interface; fast backups; non-DOS; Helpful Wizards; Not a Memory Hog while backing up
Cons Upgrade policy could be better.
Summary After pulling my hair out with the old Norton Ghost (v.8 I believe), I started the hunt for a non-DOS-based Backup & Restore Software that would be faster, easier-to-use, and light on memory hogging. Acronis v8 impressed me (via reviews & user comments) so I bought it & put it to use pretty instantly. Within an hour of install, I understood the basic functions of the program, and created a full backup of my drive, for complete restoration if need be (having lost 1 drive before to virus 3 years ago, I'm eternally vigiliant!). The backup went cleanly, and I've performed rolling scheduled backups since then.
When my tabletPC went into the shop, I was given a new one, and restored the drive entirely without any issues! What a rewarding feeling!
3 months later, Acronis version 9 was released, and the company offered only a slight discount to upgrade to the new version. I was disappointed, as most software companies offer a 6-12 month window of full upgrade licenses. I think Acronis could reward their customers; loyalty more by offering such a license.
Anyways, that said, the new version is even more full featured, and I've made use of both the individual file/folder Backup & Restore, as well as Snap Restore to get up & running quickly after a crash. I'm very impressed with the functions, and don't find the software difficult to figure out at all (as mentioned in the review). I'm quite comfortable with technology, though I'm not an IT professional by trade.
I haven't tried the new Norton v10 as of yet, but I must say that Norton Utilities & AntiVirus programs have caused FAR more trouble on ALL my systems than any good they've done. For 1-2 weeks, there are no problems, but I find Norton's programs to be HUGE memory hogs & also they resist configuration & uninstallation. (i.e. I've turned off Email Outgoing Scanning on Norton Internet Security, and every time I send a message, it is still held up for 3-5 minutes being scanned by Norton. GRRR. Also, anyone who's tried to uninstall a registered version of Norton AV or System Works knows how incredibly difficult it is. The last time took me 5 days of successively complicated instructions from Symantec. (some of them involving manual registry editing-not for the faint of heart- just to get rid of it!!). Suffice it to say that anyone attempting a Norton uninstall will need Acronis True Image to back up their drive before editing their Reg!!
I hope I haven't strayed off topic too far, and I'd recommend Acronis to anyone looking for a very robust backup & restore program that runs cleanly & without the "baggage" of other suites. Best of Luck.
Pros file backup, scheduler
Cons do not write directly to DVDs
Summary I am working as a software developer and it is really essential for me to keep all my workflow documentation up-to-date. I have a special folder which contains all the libraries, classes and program files for a project I am working on. That is why it is so important to keep this folder being regularly backed up. Acronis True Image 9.0 provides a new very useful feature – File Backup. It allows to schedule only this particular folder backup. So in case I did something wrong or fatal with my project – I can always return to the previous point by restoring this folder back again!
Pros stable, great customer support, new features,
Cons I wish better network support and remote acees to ASZ
Summary Could it be easier - sure I guess - more features - sure better network support and the ability for my networked computer to see the secure zone would be great. But in the end if you follow a religious back up schedule (easy with the scheduler) and take 30 minutes to back up your systems again before doing anything serious you have an awesome safety net - I have no idea where I would be if I hadn't found True Image 9.0.
What I like is the re-integration of 'Remaining Time' upon creation and loading of
an image, which is really well done in True Image 9.0
Version 9 seems as quick before on creation of an image too, my faith has
now been restored in Acronis - very many thanks for an excellent program and
also for their customer support, others should take lessons from Acronis! Lol
Pros I feel confident and safe with it
Cons different versions for home and server OSes
Summary Despite of all the negative feedback I read below, I must honestly tell you how much I am grateful to Acronis True Image and Acronis Customer Service!
I was so frustrated when my system crashed and so afraid of restoring it from Acronis image and spoil something that I decided to rely on Acronis support engineers who helped me restore my computer system.
Everyone there at Acronis office was patient and knowledgeable and you have no idea how much I appreciate that.
Pros speed, ease of use, wide hardware support
Cons have not noticed any
Summary Thanking True Image I've recovered my system in 1 hour due this error during the boot process:
STOP: 0x0000007B (0x82076E50, 0xC0000032 0x00000000, 0x000000000
I've tried to reset and also to switch off the main power and restart but this error persist.
I've recovered from Secure Zone the true image and all is ok.