I’ve temporarily suspended my recommendation of Acronis TrueImage
This isn’t a disrecommendation, per se, but rather a reflection of my
If you’re using Acronis you don’t need to switch. Most issues appear to be
If you’re looking for an alternative, or for new backup software my current
As long time readers know, I frequently mention backing up as one of
the biggest and most important missed opportunities that too many
people are overlooking to protect themselves. And I get reports
every day of people who’ve lost important data, sometimes
everything, that a simple backup solution would have protected them
If you’re still without a backup solution I recommend Acronis True Image Home as an easy
to use solution for anyone who should be backing up but isn’t. Acronis
is easy to set up, can back up files and folders, or your entire
machine, and can similarly restore individual files and folders, or
your an entire machine image, quickly and easily.
When used with an external hard drive, Acronis True Image can be a
nearly “set it and forget it” backup solution.
In fact, it’s what’s running on the very machine I’m using as I write
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My recommendation for backup software has always been, much like a
physical exercise program, “anything you will actually do”. Almost any
backup solution is better than no backup solution.
But in reality, some backup solutions are definitely better than
others. While there are many good backup programs out there, after
having used Acronis
TrueImage for a couple of years myself now, I feel confident
recommending it as a solution you should consider.
In my particular case, I have it configured to perform a
full backup of my primary machine once a month, and an
incremental backup (copying only things that changed since the
previous backup) once a night. That allows me to do two very important
having used Acronis
for a couple of year myself now, I feel confident
recommending it …”
I can revert my entire machine to the exact state it was in on any
given day a backup was taken. This is real system restore –
not just a few things, but everything is backed up including
files, settings and anything I didn’t think to save in some other
special way. Everything. Acronis allows you to burn a boot CD, from
which you can then restore your entire hard disk from the backups you’ve
I can retrieve one or more files from any of those backups as well.
As long as a file was captured by one of those backups (and everything
is captured) I can always find it. Acronis actually lets you mount the
backups you’ve taken, and with a Windows Explorer interface search and
then copy files directly out of the backups back to your machine.
Like I said, I get reports of data loss in one form or another every
day: emails gone, family pictures lost, important documents
irrecoverable. And all that loss could have been prevented with a backup
solution in place.
The sad truth is that most people don’t learn this lesson until it’s
too late. Most people decide that they need a backup solution
only after they’ve
suffered some kind of loss. And that loss is often
significantly more expensive than the backup solution would
And Acronis TrueImage is not
expensive. I’ll bet that it’s significantly less expensive
than losing your important or irreplaceable files.
The setup that I use works very well with an external USB
hard drive. I happen to have an external 250 gigabyte drive on my
desktop machine, to which these nightly backups happen without any
thought on my part. Again, external drives have come down dramatically in
price, and the capacity just seems to be going up and up.
It’s worth it.
Try Acronis TrueImage
I recommend it.