Acronis True Image is a disk imaging and disaster recovery application for computers, produced by Acronis. True Image can create an image of a disk while it is running Microsoft Windows or Linux, or offline by booting from CD/DVD, USB flash drives, PXE, or other bootable media. As a disk imaging solution, True Image can restore the previously captured image to another disk, effectively replicating the structure and contents to the new disk, also allowing partition resizing if the new disk is of different capacity.
The Workstation and Enterprise Server versions allow a software agent to be installed which can be controlled remotely from another machine, enabling centralized management of all operations.
True Image is known for its simple, wizard driven interface, and receives positive reviews from both editors and users alike.
The program can backup a Windows system disk while the OS is running but must boot separately to perform a restoration of a system disk. The BootCD used to run the program to perform a restoration of a system disk uses a version of Linux, and therefore relies on different hardware drivers than Windows. It is not uncommon for a user to have made backups and then find that the BootCD cannot see one of the drives needed to perform a restore. This issue also affects many other backup/imaging programs as most rely on linux to perform restores. Some folks avoid these driver issues by using a plug-in of TrueImage on a BartPE disk (Acronis provides the Bart plug-in along with the TrueImage program) or a VistaPE disk.
While enjoying a widespread reputation as Best in Class, based on earlier versions of its product and its versitile features, the TrueImage reputation has suffered since the Fall 2007 release of TrueImageHome Version 11, which, according to the forums, has more bugs than prior versions. These problems are not limited to the driver issues associated with the Linux on the BootCD and therefore could not be avoided by using a BartPE or VistaPE boot disk. Although Acronis released two updates to TrueImageHome 11 during the subsequent 9 months, most of the bugs were never repaired -- see for example: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=65
Acronis offers free trials of the software.
Universal Restore is an add-on utility for True Image Echo versions running under Windows, and is designed to replace the HAL and inject updated storage drivers embedded within the image during the recovery process, allowing an image of a machine to be restored to different hardware.
The Echo Server for Windows and Linux products are standalone applications only, while the Workstation and Enterprise Server versions include the Acronis Management Console for centralized remote operations. While the Workstation version supports Windows desktop operating systems only, the Enterprise server contains remote agents for both Windows Servers and many varieties of the Linux operating systems.
The Home version, while costing less than Echo Workstation, is not merely a cut-down version of it: Home has some facilities, such as excluding specified files from an image backup, not supported by Echo editions.
In addition to the officially supported filesystems, Acronis True Image also provides raw sector backup and restore options for all other filesystems. 'Raw' mode provides support for a file system that is corrupt, or that isn't officially supported, by capturing a complete image of all sectors on the disk. This method results in a larger image file as it isn't able to compress, resize, or selectively restore files on the unrecognized filesystem.
Upgrade to Acronis True Image Home 2009 The latest version of Acronis True Image Home speeds up the process by adding the ability to exclude particular files and folders. Archives can now be indexed by Windows Search, making it easy to find the file you n.(Brief article)
Feb 05, 2009; Upgrade to Acronis True Image Home 2009 The latest version of Acronis True Image Home speeds up the process by adding the ability...