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It would be quite easy lớn simply say that Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation is the best backup program; It’s the fastest all-around imaging program we’ve tested, it’s dead reliable, và it sports every imaginable option. But backup in the real world isn’t about feature sets. While we love True Image in the enterprise or SMB venues, its heavy system footprint and cornucopia of options are likely a wee bit much for the trang chủ user.Bạn đang xem: Acronis true image 2017 review

Note: This review is part of our best Windows backup software of 2017 roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

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Design & features

True Image 2017 has an attractive interface that’s relatively easy to lớn use—once you’re familiar with it. It’s light years better than it was before a re-design several years ago, but there are still little oddities, such as thin scroll bars with light-colored sliders on a dark background (the exact opposite of the Windows standard) that require more cognitive effort than they should.


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It’s pretty, but don’t grab the dark portion of the slider—that’s the background. Little time-wasters like this appear throughout the interface.

Design oddities or no, True Image 2017 is a titan when it comes lớn features. In addition to imaging your system, whole disks, partitions, và groups of files, there’s a boot-time startup recovery option & an optional hidden partition for images. There’s every conceivable backup option: incremental, differential, super flexible scheduling, pre/post operation commands, e-mail notifications, just to lớn name a few. There’s also a one-way (mirroring) function for syncing a thư mục to a destination, as well as client apps for your smartphone devices to keep those backed up.


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Acronis Active Protection is a hedge against ransomware, but it’s available only in the $100 Premium version.

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The Premium version also features Asign (not a misspelling), which signs your backups for authentication & stores the record with Blockchain, an online service & repository for digital assets. (Note that blockchain, or block chains, also refers to lớn the technology/methodology employed—the company simply uses the name.)

All True Image versions provide bootable recovery truyền thông with the ability to lớn restore to dissimilar hardware, i.e., not the same type of hardware that the backup was created on.


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Be careful buying True Image. When Acronis says subscription, they mean it. A perpetual license is another $30.

Performance

We run a number of backups và restores with every program we đánh giá and True Image aced all of them. It completed our timed small 115GB Windows system backup in less than four minutes, faster than most of the other programs (though several seconds slower than Aomei’s Backupper Standard). But it was twice as fast as Backupper when handling our 48GB set of files and folders. CPU usage was quite heavy, about 75 percent, far greater than with most programs at their mặc định settings. Speed isn’t a real concern for most users who tend khổng lồ perform background or after-hours backups. But if you’re backing up a lot of stuff, or from a number of PCs, tốc độ is definitely an asset, & one that True Image possesses in abundance.

On the other hand, True Image’s speed & hefty feature phối come with a price: a whopping six processes running in the background by default. While any performance hit will largely be unnoticeable in a relatively modern, multi-core system, loading them noticeably lengthened our boot times. There’s a lot of stuff in the system tray as well. We’d very much like the ability khổng lồ configure True Image to use less resources và keep a lower profile.

Buying advice

Acronis True Image 2017 excels in some key areas. It’s the fastest overall backup program we’ve tested by a bunch; has just about every feature you could wish for; và offers affordable online storage. And, if you live your computing life dangerously, the Plus & Premium versions offer additional security against ransom-ware. Given the heavy footprint & the expense, it’s best suited for nguồn users, but overkill for pretty much everyone else. 

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