Acronis True Image 2019 

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Yes it’s the time of year when lots of software companies vie to be the first to bring their ‘2019’ products to market. Here is one that I use all year not just while I review it and on a couple of occasions when disaster has struck it was there to help.

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So let’s start with what is new. First an all in one bootable media and backup tool on an external hard drive which means even if Windows will not boot providing your PC will run past the BIOS this can kick in.

Acronis Active Protection now extends to NAS boxes so Ransomware should be held in check.

While Acronis has had Cloud backups available for several years they have always been slow and so backing up the whole PC to the Cloud is not a viable option the speed of backup is in this way is now improved.

Backup Clean-up Features are now improved so you do not have to ‘allow this action for 30 minutes’ multiple times to remove old redundant backups.

Finally Backup upon connection, this means that as soon as the external drive is connected the backup will start without any intervention from you.

In previous years when I have tried to install a new version it insists on removing the old version first and this is a point when problems can occur. This year while it still removes the old version it is integrated with the new version being installed so less likely to get a problem.

In normal use there is little difference in what you see, last year saw the introduction of being able to shut the program down and it would continue in background mode, on completion you can even set it to shut down the PC, however as a belt, braces and safety pin person I like to see what is happening and while I often minimize it only checking during the backup on progress I can and do continue to use the PC normally during the backup.

There are several ways to buy Acronis both with and without Cloud storage space and you choose the number of PC’s you want to cover. I will list the options at the end.

If a new version becomes available during your subscription period you will be informed and then it is automatically available to download and install. When you subscription expires you can renew automatically and just enter the new licence number and then you are covered for another year.

Even if the worst never happens – unlikely – you can still restore single files that you may have deleted by mistake and once removed from the Recycle would only be reclaimed – possibly – with expert help. With Acronis just open the last Backup you know that had that file before you deleted it and restore it, it’s that simple. If you overwrite the same file and then decide you need information in an earlier version just rename the new version then restore the old version and get what you need.

When the worst does happen make a coffee or two and let Acronis restore everything and then you will only have to find files since your last backup. I see that you also get Parallels Toolbox for free and as that cost £15.99 when purchased alone that reduces the cost of Acronis.

You can even get a free 30 day trial version.

Acronis True Image 2019 is available from the link below from £34.99.

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Comment by Eurylus, Jan 26, 2019 15:03

CANNOT RESTORE! If you do a full backup and series of differential backups then copy the full and recent differentials you cannot restore. You must copy every differential - which makes the whole use of differentials useless and means that losing even one makes the entire backup series useless. This is, according the Acronis "By Design"

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