True Image Home 2011
by Alan German
year. Another version of Acronis True Image Home. So,
what does the 2011 edition of this perennial disk imaging
software have to offer?
The first obvious item is a new user interface. Now,
there may well be some who are huge fans of the new look
and feel (the program development team for instance);
however, I regret that I am not a member of this
particular fan club. There doesn't appear to be any major
new functionality, but there is a fairly steep learning
curve as to where all the functions are now located.
For example, let's take a look at the bread-and-butter
backup and recover options. The disk backup wizard is
gone. Instead, there is a screen showing all the
available disks and a whole host of optional entries. You
need to check off the partitions that are to be included
in the backup, and then make sure that the options are
set correctly for your preferences.
In my case, the program defaults to G:\My backups as a
storage location for the disk images. I don't mind using
the G: drive, which is an external USB disk, but I
certainly don't want to use the default My
backups directory since I have already set up a
directory tree to maintain some degree of order for
backups of various hard disks and their associated
partitions. So, this is one item that needs to be reset.
Similarly, the default backup scheme enabled is
Version chain. This too is not a preferred
option for me since it creates full and differential
backups, and deletes versions older than six months. My
normal mode of operation is to use the Single
version scheme to create a brand new, full backup
every time I run the software, and keep the resulting
images until I decide that they are no longer required.
Now all of the items along these lines are simple changes
and the specific preferences, once set, can be retained
for future use, so it's really just a question of getting
used to how the program now operates.
But, some other odd features show up when you run the
program a few days after making one or more backups. The
main screen shows some details of the last few images
that were created. However, in big letters, it indicates
that the disk is not backed up yet. Of
course, this isn't true. The backup was indeed made some
time ago. And, to be fair, there is a message in a
smaller font indicating that the backup was completed.
So, I guess what it's trying to say is that a new image
can be created right now, using the previously-specified
another odd thing. The option to Back up now
is quite evident, but where do you go if you want to
restore one of the images? Immediately after making the
image, the summary information includes a
Recover button. However, after a few days,
the recover option mystically disappears, leaving you to
figure out how to accomplish this operation.
And, this process is not very intuitive, nor is it very
well described in the help menu. One way that seems to
work is to click on the Browse for backup
link on the main screen's menu. Browse for the image that
you wish to recover, and select add to backup
list. The listing for the image will now appear in
the lower window pane, together with a
For images that are already displayed in this list, you
can also click on the right-arrow button, immediately to
the right of Home in the navigation window. A
list of the available images will drop down. Clicking on
one of these loads a new window that also provides a
So, while everything still works, the user interface
needs some getting used to. However, no doubt the UI will
change again in 2012 perhaps for the better...
True Image Home2011
US $25 - With user group discount
Originally published: April, 2011
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