Acronis True Image 2017 Review
Acronis True Image 2017 is offered in three different versions- 1-time purchase (i.e. you can buy only the current version of the program without updates and upgrades and without free Acronis cloud storage), 1-year subscription (this option is very good because you will get the current version and all future updates for one year and in addition free 500 GB cloud storage for one year) and 2-Year subscription (i.e. two years of free updates and 50 GB of cloud storage. It is up to you to choose and enjoy the most appropriate version.
The installation of the program is not difficult but it is a bit lengthy. After running the installer, the program will unpack all necessary components and start the installation (as for me, it took about 5 minutes to unpack and install the program). After opening the program you also need to perform to easy steps, firstly, you should to accept the terms of the license agreement and, secondly, create an Acronis account (if you have not got it) or sign in to your existing one to enjoy all features and benefits, for example, updates, Acronis cloud backup, and so on. After finishing all these steps, you can start working and backing up your entire computer, mobile devices or individual files and folders. Fortunately, the program offers a lot of possibilities for creating any backup type and it supports a lot of different devices, too.
The Interface of the Program- The interface of Acronis True Image 2017 has not changed much as compared with the previous 2016 one. It still includes a Sidebar (with all offered tools and features on the left side) and a Main Workspace (for performing all necessary backup operations on the right side). The sidebar includes the following buttons- Backup (for performing backup operations, i.e. for backing up the entire PC or separate files and folders); Archive files and folders (for archiving old files and transferring them to any external derive or uploading to the Cloud); Sync (for syncing your various devices, for example, smartphones or tablets); Tools (through this button you can access various additional tools offered by the program); Dashboard (this button provides you with access to Acronis online services); Account (it contains info about your Acronis account and some details about the program) and Settings (here you can apply some additional options, for example, you can change the interface language, notifications, and so on).
The Main Features of the Program- Acronis True Image 2017 offers a wide range of tools and possibilities for reliable protecting your important files and folders and the entire system. With the help of the program you can reliably and safely back up your data and store both locally and on the cloud. Let me describe the most interesting and essential features of the program.
Backup source- with the help of Acronis True Image 2017 you can effectively and safely back up individual files and folders, separate disks and partitions and, of course, the entire PC. Simply choose the desired backup source; the rest will be done by the program. In addition, the program also allows you to back up mobile devices, i.e. Android and iOS devices. All you need to do is to download install a special app from Google or Apple store. After syncing your mobile device with the computer, you will be able to back up important files and applications and save them on the computer or using Acronis Cloud storage.
Backup Destination- it goes without saying that Acronis True Image 2017 provides you with a lot of places for storing backups. You have the possibility to store created backups on the local computer (just select the desired disk or partition), external devices (i.e. external hard drives, USB flash drives, and so on) and online using the special Acronis Cloud service. I think that the main advantage of the program is that you can store all backups online because data saved there will never be lost. Fortunately, Acronis developers offer a lot of free space for storing backups. Anyway, you can add as much space as you want.
Backup Types- Acronis True Image 2017 allows you to perform and use all well-known and popular backup types. With the help of the program you can perform Full Backup (i.e. you can store all files and folders of your disk) on the one hand and Incremental and Differential Backups on the other hand.
Backup Options- Acronis True Image 2017 provides you with a lot of options while creating backups. You can easily specify online and disk backup options. For example, you have the possibility to select the following options- Schedule (i.e. in other words, you can schedule the automatic reoccurrence of your backups by specifying the desired time, for example, daily, weekly, and so on); Backup Scheme (for example, you can select the desired backup scheme while creating backups. The program allows you to choose one of four backup schemes, i.e. single version scheme, version chain scheme, incremental scheme and differential scheme. In addition, you have the possibility to customize the scheme and specify your own settings); Backup Method (there are three backup methods at your disposal- full, incremental and differential); Notifications (this option allows you to configure and specify backup notifications which will be sent to your mail box after each backup); Exclusion (if you want to exclude some file types from backups, you can specify them here) and Advanced (a lot of different options are collected there; for example, you can encrypt your backups with a password by selecting one of three encryption methods offered by the program; split a very large backup into several smaller backups, for example, 650 MG, 4.7 GB, and so on).
Archive Files- this is a new feature of the program. This great feature of Acronis True Image 2017 is of use for those users who have a lot of old or rarely used files on the computer and want to store them safely and significantly free up disk space. All you need to do is to select those data and store them on any external devices or online using Acronis Cloud.
Sync- it is a very valuable and useful feature of Acronis True Image 2017. Nowadays a lot of people have got not only one computer but also different mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and so on. With the help of this feature you can easily sync all these devices with your computer and effectively manage them. You simply need a valid Acronis subscription to use this feature.
Tools- Acronis True Image 2017 offers a wide range of different additional tools, too. The following useful tools are at your disposal- Clone Disk (it is not available in the trial version. It allows you to copy the entire disk, i.e. create its exact copy); Rescue Media Builder (this tool allows you to create a special CD disk or USB flash drive and boot the system in the event of the system crash); Acronis Universal Restore (this program great feature allows you to transfer your operating system to a new computer even if has got dissimilar components), Mobile App (with the help of this tool you can manage all your mobile devices and automatically back up their contents); Drive Cleanser (this tool allows you to destroy all sensitive and confidential files unrecoverably. There are 9 deletion methods at your disposal, for example, DoD 5220.22 M, and so on); Parallel Access (with the help of this tool you can access your computer remotely using any Android or iOS devices, for example, smartphone, iPad, tablet, etc.); System Cleanup( this tool allows you to clean your system from unnecessary and junk files, for example, temporary files, Windows run list, recently used documents list, and so on); Acronis Secure Zone (it is a special safe zone in the program. You can create it by yourself by specifying the desired size and parameters of this zone. The main advantage of this zone is that it allows you to save all your important backups separated from the system; so nobody can view your files and nothing will destroy them) and Try and Decide (without any exaggeration, this tool is legendary. With the help of it, you can try unknown and malicious application without doing harm to the entire system. After trying those unknown applications, you can get back all previous settings).
Dashboard- those users who have got a valid Acronis subscription can take full advantage of this feature. It allows you to manage and control all your devices from one centralized online place. You have the possibility to sync your devices, back up Facebook settings (this is a new feature of the program) and synchronize your mobile devices with the computer.
What is new in Acronis True Image 2017?
File search in backups
Auto-detection of NAS devices
Mobile device backup to local storage
Improved user interface
Default sync removal
Automatic backup destination recognition
Windows XP- Windows 10
Processor Pentium 1 GHz
1 GB RAM
1.5 GB of free hard disk space
File Systems- FAT 16, FAT 32, NTFS, Ext 2, Ext 3, Ext 4, ReiserFS, Linux SWAP
Conclusion- Acronis True Image 2017 was and is one of the best applications for data backup on the software market. This new version which has got a lot of new features and improvements offers even more features and possibilities. The program allows you to perform all kinds of local and online backups, more than that, in addition, it is integrated with the Acronis Cloud.
Acronis True Image 2017 provides all necessary for recovery of your computer in the event of the system crash, accidental deletion, and so on. With the help of the program you can create an exact copy of your drive or operating system, reliably back up important files and folders, etc. Acronis True Image 2017 supports various methods of backup (i.e. full, incremental and differential) and allows you to store backups not only on the local computer and external devices but also in a secure place called Acronis Cloud. Of course, you can also archive all important files by archiving them on the one hand and easily transfer files and folders from one computer to another.
In addition, Acronis True Image 2017 offers a very interesting feature, i.e. the support for mobile devices running Android and iOS. The owners of mobile devices can access Acronis Cloud storage, create backup copies of documents, emails, photos, applications, settings and other data and synchronize devices with the computer. Thanks to this feature you can safely move data from one device to another.
In conclusion, I can say that Acronis True Image 2017 is still one of the top reliable and necessary applications. Now it is more reliable and effective way to keep all important data under the protection.
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