Acronis True Image is quite arguably the fastest, most powerful backup solution available to consumers. It’s also, slowly but surely, working its way toward being truly user-friendly. It still has a ways to go, but the the company is certainly trying. The real issue is whether you need all of True Image’s multifold capabilities.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best Windows backup software. Go there for information on competing products and how we rated them.

True Image: From imaging utility to backup suite

True Image has long since morphed from a plain “imaging” program into more of a backup suite. It still creates sector-accurate images of your drives or partitions, but it also features an online storage component in Acronis Cloud; offers archival and sync functionality; has a hidden restore-from partition (such as those often found with laptops) called Secure Zone; can clone disks; and offers ransomware protection.

True Image 2019 also offers just about every conceivable backup option: incremental, differential, super-flexible scheduling, pre/post operation commands, email notifications, just to name a few. There’s also a one-way (mirroring) function for syncing a folder to a destination, as well as client apps for your mobile devices to keep those backed up.  Whew! 

If you really want the maximum backup protection for your system, there’s really nothing else that comes close to True Image in the consumer arena. On the other hand, all that functionality requires a fair number of background processes and a heavy footprint on your system. See below.

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True Image 2019 keeps seven background processes running. The company wants to control every aspect of every backup chore. We have to admit, they are very good at it.

If you’re a software minimalist, there are simpler solutions such as Window’s own File History, a sort of poor man’s Time Machine.

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

Interface

True Image 2019’s interface is attractive, in a modern, 2D kind of way. It’s much cleaner than it used to be, but it’s still not particularly intuitive or easy. Tiny scroll bars require finer mousework than is necessary, and there’s a complete lack of tool tips (tiny windows with explanations in them). If you know about backup, it’s easier to get up to speed. If not, study the online tutorials. We’re not kidding.





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