December, 2006

Powerful corporate solutions

Now with Vista support

Rating: 5/5

Acronis is a data backup and disaster recovery application that enables users to schedule and perform backups of everything on the computer, from program settings and specific file types, to the whole system.

A snapshot-style function can create an image of the entire system drive, compress and save it to another disk. A built-in rescue-media builder is used to create a recovery CD from which to boot and re-deploy everything.

Aside from Vista support, version 10 introduces specific tools for backing up Outlook emails, contacts, calendar entries and all the means to store program-specific settings, which is ideal for any user who likes to heavily customize their software.

It also features facilities to save archives over FTP and set up email notification to tell users that an operation has completed. Archive files can be compressed as they are created to save on disk space and split over several volumes.

A wizard guides users through the process, offering clearly explained instructions for the various options along the way. And when the backup is created, users can delve into it to recover individual files. A password option prevents others from doing the same.

Acronis True Image 10 Home is easy enough for beginners and flexible enough for those with more demanding needs.

USP: Very easy to use; file-specific and system-wide scope.