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Hard Drive Image Restore using Acronis True Image 2016


You took an image of your hard drive using Acronis True Image 2016 in the last tutorial and now something has happened to your computer. Maybe you stepped in some scumware or somebody installed some "free" software, which is a virus in itself, anyway your computer is not as healthy as it was. Not a problem. Acronis makes it just as easy to restore an image of your hard drive as it was to create the image in the first place. This review of Acronis True Image 2016 shows how easy it is to recover a hard drive with the Operating System and all aplications intact or just restore individual files. This review is being done with True Image Cloud which integrates True Image 2016 with the Acronis Cloud.

Open up the Acronis True Image program and choose the backup job that you want to restore from. In this case, I took an image of all of the disks and partitions on the laptop and scheduled it to repeat every week.  After selecting that backup job, there are a couple of options. I could choose to Recover Disks or Recover Files.

Choose to Recover Disks or Recover Files

I wanted to recover the entire drive using the backup options that were chosen during the image creation process so I checked Recover Disks. Doing so opened the destination partitions to be restored. At that point, simply smack the Recover Now button to recover the entire drive. It is as simple as that. There are some recovery options available but for the most part the defaults work just fine.

Select disks or partiotions to recover

In just a few minutes, your hard drive will be restored to that perfect state it was in when you first made the image. Acronis has made hard drive imaging and restoration that simple.

If your computer is not bootable, hopefully you made a bootable USB Flash Drive. If not, you can see that review here. This is what True Image looks like when booted from the Flash Drive. It has all of the tools necessary to restore your computer if it does not boot.

The True Image program as it looks when booted from a flash drive

If you just need to recover a file or folder that is a simple process as well. Just click Recover files on the appropriate backup job to bring up the following screen.

Select files and folders to recover

Now you can choose restore folders or individual files. You can also choose what version to restore from previous backup jobs. I chose to restore a folder called WAB. That is the folder that holds this entire website.

Select folder is called WAB

You can either restore the files to the original location or browse to a destination. I browsed, clicked ok and smacked the Recover Now button.

Select recovery destination

And in just a few seconds the folder was populated with the selected files.

Ina few secinds the folder is populated with the recovered files

Restoring files or an entire hard drive really cannot get much simpler than Acronis has made it. On a scale of Bytes to Brontobytes, the Acronis True Image restore process gets a Brontobyte on a scale of Bytes to Brontobytes. It just works and it's easy.

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 our full review of Acronis True Image 2016.

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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.
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