A Truer Image in 2010
by Alan German
review of True Image Home 2009 (http://opcug.ca/public/Reviews/TrueImage2009.htm) was quite comprehensive and
indicated that most users would find this backup utility
to be most worthwhile. The products downside for me
was that it failed to operate properly for a Vista user
who was not logged in as an administrator. While I found
a work-around for the unscheduled backup process, it
proved not to be possible to recover a disk image without
having administrator status. Now, none of this would have
bothered me, except for the fact that the program just
stalled on these tasks. It did not provide any error
messages. My problem reports to Acronis dragged on almost
interminably and, when finally the issue was
acknowledged, no solution was forthcoming. So, when True
Image Home 2010 was released, I was keen to see if the
problem that I reported had been fixed.
The quick answer is yes. Regular users of Vista can now
run an unscheduled backup and can also restore a saved
image. The backup wizard needs a minimum of three inputs
the partition to be backed up, the location where
the image is to be stored, and the authorization to
proceed with the selected tasks. In the 2010 version of
the program, the Run task now box is checked,
and hitting the Proceed button starts the backup process.
Recovering a stored image is just as simple.
Right-clicking on an image file provides access to the
recovery wizard. You can choose to recover an entire
partition or just selected files and folders. You then
indicate where the recovered items should be located on
the target disk, review the options available, and
authorize the recovery process to proceed.
One nice feature of the 2010 version is that the backup
and recovery processes have now been given separate icons
on the main menu which makes selection between the two
operations much easier than in the previous version.
Otherwise, all of the backup options, plus the various
tools and utilities, documented in the earlier review
remain available for use. In addition, True Image Home
2010 has a number of new features that may be of interest
to some users, although I havent yet tested any of
The program will now provide continuous data
protection with a facility named Nonstop
Backup that automatically creates incremental
backups every five minutes. Optional on-line storage
services (250 GB at $4.95 per month or $29.95 per year)
are available to allow your important files to be backed
up to the cloud. The scheduler now provides
many more options, including the ability to use a
calendar view to build schedules and tasks. Default image
files (.tib) may be converted to and from virtual hard
disk files (.vhd), providing compatibility with the
backup system used in Windows 7. In addition, Windows 7
Ultimate users can boot from a disk image (.tib file)
containing a backup of their system partition. This
provides the ability to test a backup image without
having to restore it.
True Image Home 2010 works as advertised - even for
non-administrators under Vista! Furthermore, it has a
number of new features that may be useful to some users.
This program offers powerful backup and recovery options
for both your operating system and your data files. And
the price is right. Gene and Linda Barlow, our friends at
User Group Relations (http://www.ugr.com/TrueImage.html) will let OPCUG members download
a fully-licenced copy of the package for just US $29.00.
At that price you cant afford not to backup your
system on a regular basis!
True Image Home 2010
US $29 (with User Group Discount)
Acronis, Inc., Burlington, MA
Originally published: April, 2010
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