Included in those new features is Facebook backup, remote backup management, personal archives, a refreshed Web portal, as well as enhanced NAS detection. Since we took our first in-depth look at Acronis True Image way back in , the Techgage team has relied-upon it for some of our important backup needs — the most popular scenario being the backing up of our test PCs. That latter point could do with some additional explanation, as backing up an entire OS seems simple on the surface.
What makes this really useful is that you can backup the OS incrementally, so if a problem has existed for a few days, you could simply revert to an even older backup. As with most aspects of True Image, this feature is very customizable so that you can make the best use of the disk space you have. Remote Backup Management With True Image , a great feature that ties into PC backups is the ability to control those backups remotely.
Accessing these backups is as easy as going to cloud. This leads me to my first and only complaint about this feature: When doing so, it just gave me information about the account, and how much space in Acronis Cloud I was using; nowhere was an option to go to the actual cloud account. Clicking on the small gear in the top-right corner of a backup will give you a couple of options — even one to recover.
Another nice but not so obvious feature is that you can also enable notifications on your backups. Facebook Backup You might have noticed in the shots above that I had a backup listed with a Facebook logo.
Acronis now lets you backup everything important on your Facebook account. In that event, no one can help you — not even Facebook itself will be able to regurgitate the content. Unlike the regular data or entire OS backups, Acronis currently has the Facebook backup feature restricted to its cloud service.
Fortunately, everything truly important is included, from status posts to videos and pictures to events. As with regular backups, you can pick and choose which items to back up. Use more than Facebook? At the same time, a lot of us could do with freeing up some space on our hard drives — so what to do?
Use the archive feature in True Image, of course. The Personal Archives feature will create a literal archive. The example above is nonsensical as I set it to the root of a hard drive, but you can get a feel for how thorough it can be.
In the event that you want to archive absolutely everything, you can do so, and a file will be created. One of the most touted new abilities is NAS detection. While it was possible to backup to a NAS with True Image in the past, it required users to search through the network inside of the app to get there — a bit tedious for those who would prefer things be kept simple.
Now, your NAS will come up in the list of different targets to save to, as seen in the shot below. After opening the app and scanning a QR code, absolutely no further authentication will be necessary. From there, you simply choose what you want to backup, change the destination if you want to, and then tap a button to backup. The process will go as fast as your wireless connection will allow. Want to backup your calendar, contacts, and messages? You can do that with this app, too.
As someone who hates logging into services on mobile, I loved the super-easy setup — no passwords, just a QR code scan. As with all Acronis releases, the latest version of True Image supports the latest hardware on the market.
If you happen to use the bootable media like I do, you can rest assured it has been updated with the same hardware support. When TI was first released , its overhauled UI left a bit to be desired.
It looked good, but it felt a little sluggish, and perhaps buggy. As I alluded to earlier, Acronis separates its two major portals; its account section is completely separate from the cloud one. I hope that in the future Acronis merges these together so as to make for a more streamlined experience. Clicking that brings you to the homepage of Acronis Cloud, but then if I click on the link to view my cloud backups, I need to log in again. Fortunately, those are issues that can be fixed as time goes on, and neither of them are deal-breakers — not even close.
Before I wrap this up, there is one other thing to talk about: Up to this point, Acronis has only ever sold one-off editions of True Image, but with , a new subscription model is being introduced. Obviously, the best value now is with the True Image subscription, although that assumes you always buy the new version anyway. Pros Can backup small data, entire OSes, and even mobile devices. Supports the backing up of your Facebook account. Remote backup management could be very useful to some.
Bootable media creator is a boon for those who need to backup and restore entire OS images. Can restore OS images to dissimilar hardware. Cons There are three Acronis account Web portals a user will need to use; merging them would be great. The ability to delete from an archive would be nice, as would be the ability to create iterative archives.
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