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With almost inestimable masses of photographs, documents, music, video files, and whatever else on my computer accumulated over the years it would be suitable to say that my life is on my hard drive. I doubt that I'm the only person in that situation, so needless to say that a back-up solution is essential for all.
Acronis True Image Home 2010: Backup and Recovery attempts to make backing up quick, easy, and problem free, but does it succeed?
This 2010 version is feature packed allowing it to be fully utilized by all regardless of requirements. You can back-up to any form of media from DVD-R to Blue-Ray, and external USB & firewire hard drives as well as everything in between.
However installing the software was very difficult. For some obscure reason you are required to type in a huge 64 digit serial code while installing the software. From what I can gather, you should be able to install the software using only the included 16 digits, then the software is meant to connect to the server. Sadly this did not work for me, not has it worked for anyone else that I've been able to find online. After several restarts and the complete installation of Acronis, the software wanted to update which took around half an hour and yet another restart.
The software can save a lot of time in the long run as it can also back up programs, settings, or applications meaning should the worst come to the worst you don't have to sit at your computer reinstalling every single thing.
Thankfully the software seems to be fully compatible with Windows 7, unlike similar software such as Norton Ghost as well as Acronis own True Image 2009.
However I doubt how useful it is backing up all of your program settings and windows configurations, after all if your system has crashed to the point when the only option is to 'start-again' and restore everything, then would you really want to restore all the errors, conflicts, missing shortcuts and everything else that may have caused the problems in the first place.
Using the software was reasonably easy, not the simplest or the best laid out user interface, and a few things had me scratching my head, but generally it's acceptable. The back-up's that I created completed without any problems, and I was able to minimize the program letting it run in the background while I did other things. I was also able to restore from my back-up images (on four dual-layer DVD disks) without any difficulty.
Everyone has their own preferred methods and opinions when it comes to backing up data. Personally I'll be sticking to my tried and tested method of simply dragging and dropping my personal data over to my external hard drive.
While Acronis True Image Home does succeed in backing up your hard drive, there are a few issues that need to be addressed before I can fully recommend it to you.
You can buy this software on Amazon.co.uk for £19.97
(I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)