Do not recover your data. Protect it before a crash happens!
Backup tools have always been an alternative to data recovery tools. If used regularly, backups can provide bullet-proof protection to most of your data (with the exception of file changes that occur in between backups). Today, the market is overwhelmed with vendors offering backup products of varying quality. Is there a tool to prefer? This review begins series of articles and comparisons of various consumer-grade backup utilities.
Acronis True Image Home 2009 is offered for just under $50. Its download size is a whooping 90 MB; by far the fattiest backup tool we've seen so far. Does it live to the high expectations set by its price and size? We'll find out in our test.
Acronis is known for its hard drive management tools operating on the low level and accessing the entire disk. Acronis True Image Home 2009 is no exception in this regard. Unlike the crowd of backup solutions, Acronis True Image Home 2009 backs up everything, including Windows itself complete with all drivers, accounts and settings, which makes it easy to recover the entire system after a failure, no matter as severe it might be. Single-button Startup Recovery Manager returns the entire system into a full working condition with a single press of F11 during the system's startup. Effectively, you lose almost no time recovering after a system crash.
What about time and disk space? Regular backups of entire disk images would require lots of free space and hours of time when done regularly. Fortunately, Acronis True Image Home 2009 features Smart Scheduling and Incremental and Differential Backup, two features that allow only saving the difference between the latest backup and the system's current state. In addition, all data is compressed with ZIP, so that it takes even less space.
Backup images are stored in Acronis Secure Zone, a trade name for a dedicated partition on your hard disk that holds backups. This partition is hidden, and is not visible to high-level software and simple viruses.
Working with Acronis True Image Home 2009 is easy and simple. The tool features fresh and convenient Vista-style user interface, making configurations, backups and restore operations an easy thing.
- Backups of the entire system make recovering after system failures fast and easy
- Single-click system recovery truly convenient.
- Using dedicated partition to store backups adds protection against accidental user errors and simple malware.
- Not your ordinary backup tool.
- Not your ordinary backup tool.
- Predicting the right size of a backup partition can be difficult.
- Backups can take half of your disk and more.
- Hidden partitions only protect against user errors and simplest viruses, providing no benefit against hardware failures and other factors contributing to loss of data.
- Using the same hard disk for backups provides no real protection of your data in case of a disk failure.
Acronis True Image Home 2009 is not your ordinary backup tool, making it stand out of the crowd. The company's experience in producing software tools working with entire hard disks and partitions allowed it to produce a backup solution that makes entire system's recovery a matter of a simple click. Unfortunately, if you keep your backup on the same disk as your data, you are getting no, I repeat: no protection against common reasons of data loss. Using Acronis True Image Home 2009 to restore your system is similar to using a recovery partition of your laptop PC, only with Acronis True Image Home 2009 you are getting your system's last saved state instead of the default installation. The price for this is the amount of required disk space. If you are ready to sacrifice half of your hard drive for protection against a fraction of dangers, Acronis True Image Home 2009 might be the tool for you. If you want a solution that provides real protection (naturally, at the cost of convenience and using external media to store backups), look elsewhere.
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