Acronis True image 2016 (PC & Mac) Bootable Backup Software, OSX Windows XP 7 8 10 Australia
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Acronis True Image 2016
Single Computer (Bootable version)
Protect your digital life with Acronis True Image 2016, the #1 backup solution that safeguard PCs and Macs.
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"Acronis True Image is the easiest program in its class for non-technical folk, but it still includes detailed and powerful options for experts. Its combination of backup (both local and cloud), disk cloning, rescue-disc creation, and other unique tools, along with a more modern interface than the competition, secures Acronis True Image's place as PCMag's Editors' Choice for local backup software."
PC MAG EDITOR's CHOICE
"Our first choice as a backup solution, easier to use than the others, yet very powerful indeed, with a progressive learning curve so as you get better at it, it keeps up with you."
Acronis True Image protects your entire computer with a full image backup including the operating system, files, pictures, videos, applications, settings, and preferences. If your PC or Mac is lost, stolen, or damaged, you can easily and quickly restore your entire computer to its exact previous state to the same or different hardware. You can also restore just the files and folders you need. Save time and frustration with the industry’s fastest backup and restore — now optimised for Windows 10 and the latest OS X releases.
Back up your entire computer with full disk image backup.
Restore your computer to bare metal or migrate your computer to new hardware with Acronis Universal Restore.
Protect your data with a user-defined private key using AES-256 in-transit and at-rest encryption.
Optimised for Windows 10 and the latest OS X versions (NEW) and compatible with Windows XP, 7, 8 and 10.
Save time and enjoy the industry’s fastest backup and restore — up to 50% faster than the competition. (NEW)
Parallels optimised to protect your virtualised Windows applications and data running on a Mac.
Safely test new and untrusted applications on your system with Try & Decide — back by popular demand.
1 time purchase (no need to subscribe for years on end)
Acronis offers the friendliest and most feature-packed backup and recovery software for home users. Its True Image Cloud service and the True Image software reviewed here can both create full disk-image copies for the ultimate in disaster protection. The only difference is that the Cloud version offers online storage as a target for saving your backup. The software also offers a cornucopia of backup options, including not only entire disk images but also file and folder backup.
Pricing and Starting UpPay AU$89.95 for a perpetual license for one computer. The software is optimised for Windows 10, but it runs on versions of Windows back to Windows 7 SP1. For Macs, OS X 10.9.5 through 10.11 (El Capitan) are supported. It's a not-insignificant 509MB download. I tested the software on a Surface Pro and an HP Spectre x360 13t,both running Windows 10.
Somehow, the program remembered my account even with a fresh reinstall on the same PC. After you install Acronis, quite a few processes will always be running on your system, even for features you're not using. Paragon Backup & Recovery is not as persistent as this, only running processes as you use the software.
InterfaceTrue Image's interface is simple, modern, and friendly. A left panel is populated by flat, line-drawing icons reminiscent of those in Windows 10's new Settings app, and in fact the interface works well with touch-screen PCs. It's a far cry from ShadowProtect's many-tabbed, outdated user interface. For this year's version of True Image, the company has moved the menu items around a bit. The first icon on True Image's home screen still shows your basic backup source set and destination. And the second still takes you to the archiving function, designed to free up your storage from old, unused data. Syncing and Tools come next. More about these later.
The Tools icon takes you to Disk Cloning, Rescue-Media Creation, and more. Under this, the More Tools option opens a File Explorer folder of nine additional tools, including a System Report, DriveCleanser, and Try&Decide—a utility for temporarily installing software you're unsure about.
What to Back Up and WhenBy default, Acronis selects Entire PC as the source of your backup. You can change this to specified drives, partitions, files, or folders. If you choose files or folders, you see a folder tree with check boxes for selecting what you want backed up. An estimate of the space required by your selected backup helpfully appears at the bottom of the screen. Once you've chosen your source and destination, a green button lets you back up right then or delay backup for up to 6 hours. You can also just choose to initiate the backup at your leisure, by choosing Later.
To schedule regular backups, you tap the Options button, which offers daily, monthly, and weekly choices, along with some more interesting options. For example, you can tell the program to run the backup whenever you log on or off your PC, or at startup or shutdown. For the ultimate in protection, you can tell it to back up whenever a file in the backup set is changed.
More detailed options appear in more tabs of the Options page. You can specify a backup scheme such as Single Version, Version chain, Incremental, Differential, or even a Custom scheme. An example of the last could be "Create a full version after every 6 incremental versions." Incremental backups are a way of not reinventing the wheel, file-wise—they only save the changes made since the previous incremental backup. Differential saves just the changes made since the last full backup.
Acronis also gives you plenty of notification options: You can have one emailed to you for any backup action, including completion of a backup session or when insufficient disk space is detected. This tops Paragon Backup & Recovery, which is decidedly lacking in notification options.
On the Exclusions tab, you can add any specific filenames or wildcard character strings, such as *.exe, to exclude them from the backup. Lest you thought the options already mentioned were not detailed or technical enough, the Advanced tab really lets you dig in, offering pre and post commands, splits for multiple backup targets, validation, comments, custom error handling, file-level security, and other things those who just want to protect their photos and word docs won't care about.
Those options may sound confusing and obscure, but users who just want an easy backup fix need never delve into this arcana. One section of the Advanced page, however, could be of use to a broader audience: Performance. Here you can tell the program how much of your system resources you want to let it to command. By default, the priority is ranked Low, but you may want to raise the priority if you have a big job you want to finish fast. Another useful option in Advanced tells the program to shut down the PC when it's done backing up. I did find it odd that the Compression option was disabled, stuck at Normal. Paragon Backup & Recovery let me adjust its equivalent setting.
During backup, the program window shows progress with a line across the bottom, and it also calculates and displays the time it will take. In my testing, backups were always finished in a reasonable amount of time.
Backup PerformanceA full backup of my test hard drive, which contained 14.1GB of data and programs, took 6 minutes and 6 seconds, a bit behind Paragon Backup & Restore's 5:03. During the backup creation, Acronis's display of just minutes remaining was steadier and more believable than Paragon's wildly fluctuating estimates. Note that, since only Acronis and Paragon have updated their backup software since my last roundup of backup testing, they're the only contestants to have participated in this newer performance test. In previous full-system backup speed testing, Acronis was fastest. On the earlier test, Acronis True Image took 7 minutes, compared with Paragon's 12:57, ShadowProtect's 25:48, and NTI's ridiculous 2 hours and 4 minutes.
Archive Old and Large FilesThe tool for archiving and analysing large files, which I haven't seen in other backup software, gets its own button on the main interface menu. It analyses your files for staleness and lets you push them off to either online or local storage. It also offers 256-bit AES encryption of the archived data as an option. The tool selects Acronis's home folder at first, but I found it more expedient to switch to my own frequently used folders. After the analysis, you can either select individual files to archive or all of them. Choose a storage destination, and tap the Archive button, which also shows how many megabytes you'll be sequestering. Even though the files will no longer exist on your local drive, they're still accessible from Acronis's entry in File Explorer.
Disk Imaging and CloningWhen you choose to copy the entire drive, you get the option of encrypting the backup, which merely requires entering a password. You can also specify intervals for incremental backups and sector-by-sector backup, which copies the entire drive, even parts that contain no data. Unlike NTI Backup Now, Acronis lets you specify compression level and operation priority. You can decide whether you care more about a quick backup or the ability to do other things on the PC during the backup.
The Clone Disk Wizard is useful for those who want to reproduce an entire system (including the operating system) on a new PC. It offers automatic and manual methods, the former of which copies all partitions and makes the new drive bootable. It can even resize partitions to fit the new disk capacity. Completing the process involves choosing the source and destination drives, and deciding whether to keep the same partition sizes or proportionally allot space, or to manually choose sizes for the partitions.
Restoring Your DataOnce a backup is complete, new buttons appear at the bottom of its entry in the program window: Recover PC (if you backed up the entire drive) and Recover Files. Even if you back up your entire disk image, you don't have to restore the whole thing. You can just grab one or more folders or files by checking the check box next to their entries in a folder tree of the drive contents. By default, files are recovered to their original locations, but a Browse… link at the top of the Recovery page lets you change the destination folder.
To perform a complete restoration, you simply tap the Recover PC button. You can then choose a date if you've made more than one backup. If you have more than one drive, you can choose which you want to restore, and even select just individual partitions within them. My full restore was a success, though Windows informed me that some drivers had to be updated. After doing that, however, everything worked correctly.
Other ToolsAcronis System Report generates—you guessed it—a report, after scanning the system for about a minute. Unhelpfully, the report is in a ZIP file in the program folder, and not displayed automatically for you on completion. But that's not such a bad thing, since it's indecipherable to all but the most technical mortals; it includes lots of text-based application, networking, and Registry data.
The Rescue Media Builder utility could be a lifesaver for anyone whose system won't start up, and creating the media was a snap on my test system. It creates an ISO file or formats a disc or USB drive for the rescue media. The beauty of having startup media like this is that it contains the Acronis software, so you can rebuild your PC from a saved backup without needing to hunt down the software first.
One of the cooler tools is Universal Restore, which lets you recreate one system to another with different hardware characteristics.
Paragon offers a similar capability, but using any of these tools can be dicey.
Acronis's ingenious Try & Decide option sandboxes your hard drive so you can install software or make other changes without permanently writing the changes unless you decide to do so. I'm not sure I would recommend trusting your drive to something as intrusive as this, but it worked perfectly in my test. Other tools are even more intrusive, including one that creates a proprietary Secure Zone on your drive for preserving recovery data.
The True Backup Solution?Acronis True Image is the easiest program in its class for non-technical folk, but it still includes detailed and powerful options for experts. Its combination of backup (both local and cloud), disk cloning, rescue-disc creation, and other unique tools, along with a more modern interface than the competition, secures Acronis True Image's place as PCMag's Editors' Choice for local backup software.