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My preferred backup & disk imaging solution for home computers, Acronis True Image Home is similiar to Norton Ghost and allows you to image your disk/partitions, aswell as being able to perform regular backups in the background.

Acronis is having an advent calendar sale (one deal a day) until Christmas, and today's deal is a 50% discount on True Image Home 2010. *** Please note, you may reduce the price even further by electing to pay in U.S. Dollars ($24.99, which at $1.60 to the UK Pound = around £15.60) ***

This offer is for a digital download & license key.

Enjoy

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With Acronis True Image Home 2010, rest assured that all your important data including images, music, documents and applications are well protected and can easily be recovered in the event of any disaster.

* Easy and Fast Backup and Recovery

Acronis True Image Home 2010 provides home users reliable and timeless backup and recovery of their operating system, applications, settings and personal files.
* Friendly, Windows®-style User Interface

From an intuitive graphical interface, you can easily define where, locally or online, and how often to backup a PC based on your needs.
* Acronis Online Backup to a secure location

Optional Acronis online storage services are available to automatically backup valuable data or files over the internet to a secure location.
* Continuous data protection

In addition, Acronis Nonstop Backup provides continuous system and data protection, preventing data loss
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#2
Same price here but you get the full boxed media rather than a digital download. Though no option to pay in $$ so that may sway some :thumbsup:
#4
"Acronis True Image Home is similiar to Norton Ghost"

Well, that's like saying a ship is like an aeroplane in that both will get you across the Atlantic, but both have a very different approach.

Neither Ghost or True Image suit my DATA backup purposes, I am currently using Goodsync for that as I simply and very swiftly back up my data on a very frequent basis rather than making incremental backups; as well as keeping a Ghost image of the full installed and configured operating system.
Of two main desktops, I have Ghost on one, and True Image on the other!

Nothing is ever perfect though - The newest version of Ghost has an advantage True image hasn't got - you can backup without even having it installed in the first place by booting into a Windows Pre-installation Environment from the install disk (and therefore avoid unnecessary clogging up of your machine too!).
(My laptop and secondary machine only have Ghost images taken, as I don't keep any permanent data on them, and this is where Ghost is so habdy - I just ghost them without previously installing on the machines, and can restore them without installing too.)

On the other hand, True Image has an advantage that Ghost hasn't got - you can use "Try & Decide" to install new software before committing yourself to keeping it - very handy if like me you are a persistent tinkerer and like to try out new stuff, but end up keeping only a select few programs!

The downloadable version of True Image is no hardship though... you make your own customised version of a boot CD or DVD, anyway, so no need to rely on an installation disk for booting.

Thing is, I have yet to use True Image "in anger" but it has worked fine for me in trials, whereas various versions of Ghost have saved my bacon MANY times, and I normally restore a Ghost image every few months to get that newly installed feeling back in no time.

So, take your pick, each has benefits!
#5
Thanks. Just ordered it from mazon. True Image is great.
#6
Just use Macrium which is free and very fast, backed up 20GB in 5 mins.

http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp
#7
james4809;7264211
Just use Macrium which is free and very fast, backed up 20GB in 5 mins.

http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp


I think still have a copy of this sitting around.
I downloaded and tried it out, (as well as a few others after reading this site: http://www.raymond.cc/blog/archives/2009/11/23/10-commercial-disk-imaging-software-features-and-backuprestore-speed-comparison/) before I decided whether to get the new version of Ghost. That was before I was using Windows 7 too, and having just looked I see this still doesn't officially support Windows 7. I daresay it will work, but it leaves you guessing :-(

Came round to setting up a boot disk and faced with a lot of messing around with BartPE, which I have messed about with in the past, so I just went straight away to click on uninstall. I like to tinker, but life is sometimes just TOO short.
An unfortunate example of getting exactly what you pay for :-(

Undoubtedly the full version is VERY configurable, which might well be fantastic if you are sorting out a workplace full of machines, but I think that's part of the problem, it is TOO configurable, and most people just want to go "click" wander off and when they come back it is finished, otherwise there is a danger they just won't bother at all!

I had intended to delete it.... you've just reminded me to do it.
There, gone now and the space saved.

As for time, well True image is similarly fast in operation... Ghost is a good bit slower though, (especially if operated from Windows instead of booting up from the disk - odd!) but still will be done by the time you make and drink a cup of coffee, say 15 minutes!
#8
nihcaj
"Acronis True Image Home is similiar to Norton Ghost"

Well, that's like saying a ship is like an aeroplane in that both will get you across the Atlantic, but both have a very different approach.

Neither Ghost or True Image suit my DATA backup purposes, I am currently using Goodsync for that as I simply and very swiftly back up my data on a very frequent basis rather than making incremental backups; as well as keeping a Ghost image of the full installed and configured operating system.
Of two main desktops, I have Ghost on one, and True Image on the other!

Nothing is ever perfect though - The newest version of Ghost has an advantage True image hasn't got - you can backup without even having it installed in the first place by booting into a Windows Pre-installation Environment from the install disk (and therefore avoid unnecessary clogging up of your machine too!).
(My laptop and secondary machine only have Ghost images taken, as I don't keep any permanent data on them, and this is where Ghost is so habdy - I just ghost them without previously installing on the machines, and can restore them without installing too.)

On the other hand, True Image has an advantage that Ghost hasn't got - you can use "Try & Decide" to install new software before committing yourself to keeping it - very handy if like me you are a persistent tinkerer and like to try out new stuff, but end up keeping only a select few programs!

The downloadable version of True Image is no hardship though... you make your own customised version of a boot CD or DVD, anyway, so no need to rely on an installation disk for booting.

Thing is, I have yet to use True Image "in anger" but it has worked fine for me in trials, whereas various versions of Ghost have saved my bacon MANY times, and I normally restore a Ghost image every few months to get that newly installed feeling back in no time.

So, take your pick, each has benefits!


Fascinating.

Both Ghost and True Image image a HDD. Id say they are similar. I use both for the same purpose....to image PCs. They both perform as well as each other in terms of speed. Acronis is possibly easier to use for novices.

This is a good price. Heat added.
#9
I use Acronis and its great, spend a little bit of time setting it up and then let it do its stuff. I run my differential backup every monday morning 2am with a full backup every month.

I first got acronis as I had a faulty striped raid array which I was able to image and restore onto a single disk with acronis. i've used the previous version but 2010 is much easier to use and configure.

voted hot of course
#10
£15.79 if paid with dollars via Paypal today.
#11
james4809
Just use Macrium which is free and very fast, backed up 20GB in 5 mins.

http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp


Agree - having purchased Acronis (Prev edition) I changed to Macrium , which is free and better - no NTLDR error messages.
#12
Use to use Acronis (and ghost before that) but I just use the built in Image backup option in windows backup now for the C:\ drive. Has been part of Windows backup since Vista in ultimate and Business editions.

then just differential file backups for my data with MS active sync (free from MS website)
#13
Uridium;7266813
differential file backups for my data with MS active sync (free from MS website)


"MS active sync?"

?That's the software for connecting Windows Mobile devices (smartphones/pdas etc!)? Now replaced by "Sync Center" While it is possible to use that, it's not very handy.

Horses for courses, but it's only been the newest version of Windows Backup with Windows 7 that's been remotely useful, I wouldn't want to trust much to it. It is easy nough to reinstall Windows from scratch (although very slow!) but the data is another matter.

It's failure of Windows Backup and data losses when it failed to restore
properly that first moved me on to Norton Ghost MANY years ago!

btw, with Windows 7, there is now usually a hidden partition on the hard drive too... and in case of viruses of physical sector damage, it might be worth backing this up too, as Imaging software will restore boot sectors without resorting to Command line utilities, but might not be so compliant to actually get the machine to boot up correctly if this gets corrupted or damaged.
#14
I have three computers. Will I need to buy three subscriptions.
#15
peterfoster
I have three computers. Will I need to buy three subscriptions.


Unfortunately yes. Officially...

This is great. I got it for £10 as I bought 2009 for that about 1 month before this was released so was entitled to free upgrade! :)
#16
I bought the 2009 version and had loads of problems with shadow backup and scheduled jobs that didn't run. As far as I'm concerned GFI Backup is better and totally free too

http://www.gfi.com/backup-hm/free-backup-software
#17
good program I've been using the previous version direct from a boot cd for a while. For some reason they missed out ext4 in the upgrade though, so I may need to look around for something else.
#18
We use Acronis True Image Server at work, it's proved itself on numerous occasions as being very reliable.
One feature shared with this version is the Startup Recovery Manager which is very handy.
Basically Acronis creates another partition on your hard drive and stores an image on it. Then if you end up with a corrupt or problem operating system all you have to do it press F11 at startup to restore it back to a good state from the image. (better to have the Acronis partition on another disk incase of disk failure.)
#19
nihcaj

Nothing is ever perfect though - The newest version of Ghost has an advantage True image hasn't got - you can backup without even having it installed in the first place by booting into a Windows Pre-installation Environment from the install disk (and therefore avoid unnecessary clogging up of your machine too!).
(My laptop and secondary machine only have Ghost images taken, as I don't keep any permanent data on them, and this is where Ghost is so habdy - I just ghost them without previously installing on the machines, and can restore them without installing too.)



I don't understand how this is an advantage of Ghost - Acronis contains a bootable version through CD or USB which also allows you to take and restore images without installing the software.

John
#20
Got to agree with the earlier posts regarding Macrium Reflect.

I'm using it on Windows 7 Pro. Backed up my C: drive (23GB) in around 4 and a half minutes.
Runs from within Windows (no booting from a CD or any of that nonsense).

And it's free.
#21
Johnmcl7
I don't understand how this is an advantage of Ghost - Acronis contains a bootable version through CD or USB which also allows you to take and restore images without installing the software.

John


Agreed, when booting from the Acronis CD you can restore from local disk or browse you're network (after adding an IPaddress)
#22
happy_red
Got to agree with the earlier posts regarding Macrium Reflect.

I'm using it on Windows 7 Pro. Backed up my C: drive (23GB) in around 4 and a half minutes.
Runs from within Windows (no booting from a CD or any of that nonsense).

And it's free.


What do you do when your windows is gubbed?
#23
happy_red
Got to agree with the earlier posts regarding Macrium Reflect.

I'm using it on Windows 7 Pro. Backed up my C: drive (23GB) in around 4 and a half minutes.
Runs from within Windows (no booting from a CD or any of that nonsense).

And it's free.


So, say for instance that something happens your hard drive that prevents it from booting into Windows - how do you restore your system if you don't like booting from CD or any of that nonsense?
#24
Thanks. Just bought for £15.90 using Paypal.
#25
Could I ask a favour of the users of HDUK, I currently use Acronis 9 on my works PC's but I have never installed it, I simply boot from the CD to create an image, quite useful so that you can image multiple PC's without ever registering it.
I have read in the threads that this version is not bootable, is this true

The only reason I ask is that I have moved over to Win 7 and running on a Raid drive, and version 9 will not image it, or even when it was Win XP, so it didnt support RAID drives. Does anyone know if this new version will handle a raid drive?

Many thanks for your help.. rep will be added
#26
I have Vista (OEM disc)
and back all my important stuff on to a 1tb external weekly
would i need this?
#27
tyke-eng
Could I ask a favour of the users of HDUK, I currently use Acronis 9 on my works PC's but I have never installed it, I simply boot from the CD to create an image, quite useful so that you can image multiple PC's without ever registering it.
I have read in the threads that this version is not bootable, is this true

The only reason I ask is that I have moved over to Win 7 and running on a Raid drive, and version 9 will not image it, or even when it was Win XP, so it didnt support RAID drives. Does anyone know if this new version will handle a raid drive?

Many thanks for your help.. rep will be added


Raid shouldn't cause Acronis a problem at least the server version never does.
You'd probably have to install Acronis on the PC then create a bootable disk that has you're storage controller drivers included.
#28
very good software - hot :thumbsup:
#29
Kezzie
I have Vista (OEM disc)
and back all my important stuff on to a 1tb external weekly
would i need this?


This would save you time if you ever have any operating system problems or a hard drive failure, providing you stored your image alongside your other important stuff.
#30
sillycib
This would save you time if you ever have any operating system problems or a hard drive failure, providing you stored your image alongside your other important stuff.

I agree, this software saved about a days work last week on my Win XP laptop when my OS disk crashed. All my data is stored offline. Popped in a new hard drive, 35 minutes later I was back on line, just had a couple of Win updates to do, and that was it! I currenty use version 9, so I guess this just support Win 7 and a few bug fixes.
If you only use Vista then Version 9 is OK, which is you shop around I have seen it for less than a tenner at Makro last week
#31
sillycib
This would save you time if you ever have any operating system problems or a hard drive failure, providing you stored your image alongside your other important stuff.


So if a drive failure..
have a new drive installed
then restore the image instead of using the OEM disc?
#32
Kezzie
So if a drive failure..
have a new drive installed
then restore the image instead of using the OEM disc?


Yip, and it saves you all the time finding then installing your apps. Just make sure your image is on either a local disk or on a network share.
2 Likes #33
I use Macrium Reflect.

It's free and does disk images and other backups perfectly. Managed to restore Vista absolutely painlessly and the original master boot record when my Win7 installation failed.
#34
tyke-eng
I agree, this software saved about a days work last week on my Win XP laptop when my OS disk crashed. All my data is stored offline. Popped in a new hard drive, 35 minutes later I was back on line, just had a couple of Win updates to do, and that was it! I currenty use version 9, so I guess this just support Win 7 and a few bug fixes.
If you only use Vista then Version 9 is OK, which is you shop around I have seen it for less than a tenner at Makro last week


Acronis doesn't really care what os installed as it's looking at the partition, version 9 will still work the only problems will be storage driver problems and maybe support.
#35
ta :-D PayPal £15.95 :thumbsup: H&R :thumbsup:
#36
sillycib
Yip, and it saves you all the time finding then installing your apps. Just make sure your image is on either a local disk or on a network share.


Excuse my ignorance..

local disc?

not an external?

:? :oops:
#37
Kezzie
Excuse my ignorance..

local disc?

not an external?

:? :oops:


Fair question kezzie, external should be okay providing the acronis boot disk has the USB drivers, which it will have or you can add yourself if you notice a problem while testing.
#38
sillycib
Fair question kezzie, external should be okay providing the acronis boot disk has the USB drivers, which it will have or you can add yourself if you notice a problem while testing.


Thanks :thumbsup:
#39
Here's a link to an article that might help with any controller issues.
http://kb.acronis.com/content/1506
#40
Picard123
I use Macrium Reflect.

It's free and does disk images and other backups perfectly. Managed to restore Vista absolutely painlessly and the original master boot record when my Win7 installation failed.


Like the look of this, similar features to acronis but free, definately deserves it's own freebie thread.
It might be as reliable as acronis, I don't know. But I've seen seen Acronis server version restore things it shouldn't have like database and email servers.
I'd grab it while it is free, good imaging solutions have a habbit of getting swallowed by symantec and the like.

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