Review: Acronis True Image 2014
Have you ever thought about backing up your own hard disk or backing up files in the hard disk when your laptop or computer dies on you? Or perhaps you prefer to constantly make backup copies of your important files. Though Windows has the option to help you make an image or system backup, it is not enough to provide you with various backup options. This is when you need programs such as the Acronis True Image 2014 to help you work things out.
Acronis has been the brand name for quite a number of backup and disk imaging software. The latest version of Acronis True Image features a better graphical user interface compared to previous versions. With cloud storage beckoning popularity, Acronis also added the Acronis Cloud feature for its users for the first time. You will have to pay an amount to subscribe for the Acronis Cloud service. Additional information for pricing and storage capacity can be found here.
After installing the program, you will be greeted by the “Get Started” tab. Acronis gives you a short pictorial on how to back up your files and hard disk, when to recover and a brief explanation of Acronis Cloud service. On the top bar of the program, you will see four tabs, “Get Started”, Backup and recovery”, “Synchronization” and “Tool and utilities” respectively.
Click on the “Backup and recovery” tab. You will see that Acronis gives you the option to backup your hard disks or partitions and individual file backups. Additional backup options include email backup and continuous backup for a selected file, folder or hard disk. You can also create bootable medias using the Acronis True Image 2014. All you need is a USB flash drive formatted in FAT32 or a CD/DVD/BD. This particular feature is good for laptops without an optical drive present on it.
The program is tested out by making a backup copy of the hard disk. Its pretty simple actually, just select whichever hard disk or partition you want to backup and where you want to save the backup. Rename your backup file and click on “Back up now” to start the backup process. Backup time of course depends on how much data is there to backup.
In “Tools and utilities” you will find a handful of useful features. One of the most used tool is the “Clone disk” option which allows you to copy partitions from one disk to another. You can select between automatic or manual copy from your source disk to your destination disk.
Acronis is pretty much straight forward in telling you what you need and how to get it done. Each and every feature has a short description provided below, so you will know what it does before actually selecting it.
You can always visit the Acronis Support page for additional information or if you require customer support. To give Acronis True Image a try, simply download and install a copy of Acronis True Image 2014 from this link.