Creating a Hard Drive Image using Acronis True Image 2016
Acronis True Image 2016 has just been released with some exciting new features to keep your data safer than ever. Including file synchronization and better network backup capabilities. Acronis has added New Windows 10 Integration to enable seamless integration into the Windows control panel and is compatible with Windows 10. Friendlier user interfaces makes it easier than ever to backup and restore your data. See the features True Image 2016 here.
For the sake of this review of Acronis True Image, lets say that I have just spent hours loading Windows on a new computer. I used Windows Update to install about a zillion security updates, loaded and tweaked all of my applications to get them just the way I need them to be able to have my computer function exactly the way I like it. I do not want to do that job again any time soon. Another scenario would be that you are about to try something that you are not sure will work, like trying the latest and greatest video driver, and it has the possibility of crashing your computer. If you need to upgrade your hard drive without reinstalling Windows, this is the easiest way to get the job done.
The first thing that needs to be done is to take an exact image of the hard drive just in case it crashes or you accidentally step in some scumware and do not feel like taking the two hours it probably would take to remove it. The tool for the job is Acronis True Image. Here is the step-by-step tutorial or walkthrough of Acronis True Image 2016 in action.
Although there are many different ways to image a hard drive, the easiest way to image a computer hard drive is to use the Acronis True Image 2016 hard drive backup utility. This review is being done using Acronis True Image Cloud. True Image Cloud consists of True Image 2016 and the Acronis Cloud backup utilities. When you open the program, you will see the user interface below with the options to manage and protect all of those megabytes and gigabytes of data stored on the PC.
At this point I could simply click the Backup Now button and take an image of the Entire PC to Acronis Cloud but that is not what we want to do for this review. To change the destination of the backup job, simply click on the Acronis Cloud to see the following screen where you can chose the destination. I chose the Lacie External Hard Drive.
I could also choose the source for the backup job. This is an unnecessary step but it is good to know that the option is there. There are four partitions on the drive. The first three came with the laptop but I always use a disk partition utility like Acronis Disk Director to partition the drive to separate the C drive from the data drive to keep the files safer. I chose all partitions on the source drive which is basically the same as the Entire PC.
This screen shows that the Disks and Partitions will be backed up to the external drive.
I also clicked the options button to schedule the job to run every week as shown in the following screenshot. You could also choose a Backup Scheme, Notifications, Exclusions and some more advanced options as shown below. I clicked Ok then I smacked the Backup Now Button.
The entire job of creating an image will take about 45 minutes. It would be a lot quicker if I was using a USB 3.0 drive but that is pretty quick considering it is backing up a lot of Gigabytes of data to an external drive. As you can see, I can continue to work on the computer while the job is in operation but I think I will take a break and let it do its thing. It is a good time to take the dog for a walk and have some lunch.
When the backup job is complete there are a couple extra buttons to click. Recover Disks or Recover Files are the options. Obviously if you just wanted to recover some files you would click on recover files and choose the ones you want. The screenshot below shows how easy it would be to recover just the C_Drive. Simply select the partition and smack the Recover Now button and Windows is recovered.
The backup files should be stored in a safe place away from the computer. Alternatively, it could be stored in the Acronis Cloud so it could be accessed anywhere anytime. Now for added security and data safety, I will go one step further I will schedule and back up some important files to the Cloud using the File Backup to Acronis Cloud storage option. This option is only available using True Image Cloud.
I chose to backup My Documents, My Desktop and a folder called WWW where my websites are stored. The destination is the Acronis Cloud. I will also schedule the backup job to go off every night so I can sleep well knowing my files are safe.
Now I feel that this computer is quite well protected against any type of data loss imaginable. I have an image of the drive and a good backup scenario running on a schedule. If the need arises to recover the image or just some of the files, the process is just as simple. See the review about how to restore the image or files here.
There are many home computer backup scenarios to consider but just remember to backup your files regularly. Whatever you choose to do with the backup files, choose a safe location for them so if the computer crashes, the image file will not be lost. What is a Hard Drive Crash? Now if the computer does crash or maybe you step in some scumware or something, you can restore it to the original state in a matter of minutes. Even if you just want to upgrade your hard drive without reinstalling your Operating System, this image will work on a bigger hard drive too!
On a scale of Bytes to Brontobytes, the Acronis True Image disk imaging process gets a Brontobyte. It just works.
Acronis True Image 2016 for PC and Mac - Complete disk imaging and system disk backup for home PCs
Acronis True Image 2016 has been released and it is optimized for Windows 10 and the most recent Mac OS X versions. This version is up to 50% faster than the competition. This version combines the features of the previous Premium version which includes dynamic disk support and Universal Restore allowing you to restore data to a different PC even if it has different hardware. Wi-Fi support has also been added when backing up to the Acronis Cloud even to a bare-metal PC. The Media Builder has also been simplified as has the Entire PC Backup scenario. A True Image 2016 coupon code will be posted when it becomes available. See all the features of Acronis True Image 2016.
Acronis True Image Cloud is Windows 10 compatible and is a great tool to use if you plan on upgrading to Windows 10. Acronis True Image Cloud combines local backup and cloud backup for an extra level of security. It includes support for mobile devices allowing you to backup and recover all your pictures, videos, contacts, events from Android devices, iPhones, iPads, and Windows tablets.Simply take an image and back everything up to the cloud or a local backup if you prefer. This version of True Image comes with unlimited cloud backup and universal restore so you can restore a PC image to totally different hardware. You can now restore your computer from up to 10 previous states in Mac, and up to 20 states in Windows. It has an Online Dashboard allowing you to manage multiple computers and mobile devices so you can restore your PC or Mac Anywhere, Anytime with True Image Cloud. See our Review of Acronis True Image Cloud.
The image you make with Acronis True Image should be stored in a safe spot away from the physical computer. We recommend a large flash drive, an external hard drive or an online backup solution. Check some of our recommended storage solutions.
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