Acronis True Image 10: Review

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Have you ever played the game, "What If?"

For example:

1. What if your PC crashed and you lost all your data?

2. What if you unsuspectingly downloaded a Spyware-infected program and it proved near impossible to remove -- all the while slamming your PC full of pesky popup ads and slowing your computer down to a crawl?

3. What if Windows suddenly stopped working properly and refused to boot?

4. What if you opened a malicious email attachment that installs a nasty virus, worm or keylogger that steals your personal information?

The list goes on.

The fact is, these are real life scenarios regular folks like you and me face every day. We don't count on it -- but when it happens, many of us feel helpless. Worse yet, it can cost a small fortune to reclaim our PCs back to the way it was. And even then, there's no guarantee that you'll get all your data back.

So, what have you done to protect yourself from a "catastrophic failure?"

Of course, the simple answer to this question is to make a backup of all your important data. But --

Are all backup programs the same?

Absolutely not!

Since 2003, I have been recommending a program called Acronis True Image (ATI). What makes ATI so different from most backup programs is the fact that it has the capability to take a "snapshot" of your entire hard drive -- including the operating system -- and store it into a single, archived backup file, called an Image Backup.

On the contrary, most backup programs cannot backup or restore the operating system. Inferior backup solutions only archive personal data (such as photographs, documents, emails, etc). That's it!

So, if we play the "What If?" game one more time --

What if you used a simple backup program to archive your data and you were faced with any of the previous catastrophic scenarios?

The answer is that you'd have a real mess on your hands -- and if you're not willing to pay a small fortune to have technician restore your data for you, what you'd end up having to do (in many of the cases) is to:

  1. Format your hard drive.
  2. Reinstall MS Windows.
  3. Reinstall all your hardware drivers (providing you have them on hand ... if not, you'll have to search the web -- and that can be a HUGE pain)!
  4. Reinstall all your programs.
  5. Restore all your data that you backed up previously.

A job like that is not only mind-numbing, but it could take -- literally -- hours to complete! And do you have enough technical experience to hunt down and/or troubleshoot hardware drivers?

" It would not be fair for me to say that other imaging programs are no good as I have only ever used Acronis True Image. I have only ever used Acronis because it does everything that I want (system partition images and data partition images) and has yet to fail. Very few programs can be called essential -- True Image is one of them. " ~ Infopackets Reader John B.

" I've used Acronis True Image for some time and, in theory, am quite pleased with it. I say 'in theory' because I've never had to use it to restore a failed system. It's kind of like life insurance -- you want it but don't want to use it! I like the Acronis attributes of incremental backups, and that it is a True Image of 'everything' on your system. I'll keep using it and hope never to need it. I'm looking forward to your reviews of backup programs. " ~ Infopackets Reader Jim H.

Announcing: Acronis True Image Version 10

Built for True Disaster Recovery, Acronis True Image works by imaging your hard drive sector by sector, byte by byte, so that EVERYTHING gets backed up -- including the operating system: all your drivers, all your installed programs, all your personal data -- EVERYTHING! It's almost like being able to turn back time!

And the best part of all is that literally ANYONE can restore their PC back to the way it was -- and without having to pay ridiculous fees for someone else to do it for you!

Acronis True Image 10: Features

  • Create, verify, and restore image backups: backup your entire hard drive, including the operating system and all data files.
  • Also does file-by-file ("standard") backup if all you want is a few critical files backed up.
  • Clone a hard drive or partition from one drive to another (a HUGE time saver if you bought a newer, larger hard drive and you want to simply migrate from the old hard drive to the newer one).
  • Mount image as a virtual drive letter (allows you to navigate through your backup file from My Computer, as you would any other drive -- allowing you to extract files out of the image backup).
  • Scheduled backups allow you to create backups at specific times.
  • Boot from Rescue CD incase Windows is inoperable: allows you to restore an image back to your hard drive.
  • Does full, incremental, or differential backups: save space by only backing up new or changed data.
  • Save backups to CD or to external hard drive: support for external USB hard drives and various DVD and CD writers.

... and much more!

" I had a problem with my computer of unknown cause, but preventing use of any programs, internet, or email. I attempted to use Norton's GoBack, and it failed to remedy the problem. I tried to use Microsoft's System Restore, and it would not correct the problem. I then used Acronis True Image 8 which I had just installed a week earlier to produce a copy of my HD on an external hard drive bought for this purpose. I was able to access True Image in Safe Mode, and restore the backup image to my hard drive with success. It did the complete restore process of 45 GB (including check for errors) in about 2 hours. Earlier trial of TrueSync software took 13 hours for a backup, whereas True Image took only 1 hour. " ~ Infopackets Reader Robert G.

" I tried using Norton Ghost [another image backup program] and found it confusing and ineffective, notwithstanding its massive online manual -- I then purchased Acronis True Image ... With one small exception, I found it quite understandable and usable, and it has saved my bacon at least 3 times (I.E., restored my system to a previous state). " ~ Infopackets Reader Justine R.

Acronis True Image 10: Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  • Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP 2)
  • Windows 2000 Professional with SP 4
  • Windows NT 4.0 Workstation with SP 6
  • Windows Me
  • Windows 98 SE

Acronis True Image 10: System Requirements

  • A PC-compatible computer with a Pentium or similar CPU
  • 128 MB RAM
  • A floppy or a CD-RW/DVD-RW drive
  • A mouse (recommended)

For me, [True Image] works like a dream -- I now make a full image backup *before* I start making serious changes or alterations to my system [including any recently downloaded programs that may harm the stability of my PC] ... True Image has proven to be a lifebelt on steroids! ~ Infopackets Reader Ken T.

Acronis True Image 10: Download

Having peace of mind is priceless in itself, and thankfully Acronis makes it more than affordable for folks like us.

RE: Special Offer for Infopackets Readers

Starting right now, you can download a free trial of Acronis True Image version 10. That's right! Download it, try it out, and then decide if you want to buy it. We're so sure that you'll love True Image that you'll want to buy it right away. And for only $49.95, it truly is a steal!

" I have used Acronis for some time and I wouldn't be without it. I want to be very clear about this -- for me, it has been more than worth every penny I spent on it. " ~ Infopackets Reader Jim X.

You'll also be pleased to know that Acronis stands by their products 100% and offer a full 30 day money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with True Image for any reason at all, Acronis will gladly refund your money!

But hurry -- this offer ends soon! As the saying goes, "you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!"

Note: the download link is directly below the "Buy Now" image.

Click here to download / Purchase Acronis True Image Now!

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