Carbonite Drops Mirror Imaging from its Software

Carbonite dropping Mirror Image

Anyone looking for a sure-fire way to restore their system has fewer options to consider today, following the recent announcement from Carbonite that it was dropping the ability to create a mirror image from its software.

Creating a mirror image (or full image) backup means you have everything you need to restore your system in case file errors or malware infections cripple your computer.

Acronis believes that creating a mirror image of your system is critical to any effective data protection strategy, which is why we are perplexed by the decision of our peers at Carbonite.


What is a mirror image?

Mirror imaging software not only captures individual files, it creates an exact replica of everything on your computer's hard drive – the operating system, boot information, apps, hidden files, preferences and settings – everything you need to quickly get your system running again.

Backing up your precious family photos, important work documents, music library, you will keep those files safe. But if something happens to your system and all you have are backups of these files, you will still need to reinstall the operating system, reload all of programs you use, and reset every preferences to get your system working exactly the way you had it before.

Having a full image / mirror image backup allows you to restore your entire system so it works and looks exactly as it did before the computer crashed.


How long does it take to mirror your system?

With Carbonite, it’s no longer possible. With Acronis True Image 2018 and an external drive, you can typically create your first full image backup in as little as 20 to 90 minutes. After that, you can update the image in a matter of minutes, capturing new data or changes to your system on a regular basis.

Creating a mirror image, or full image backup

Storing mirror images in the cloud

One of the complaints users had with Carbonite’s Mirror Image was that you could only create a local backup. Keeping a local copy is good, but many users want the flexibility and anywhere access that the cloud offers. A cloud-based backup also ensures you can restore your system if a natural disaster like a fire or flood destroys both the original machine and the local backup.

Users who subscribe to Acronis True Image 2018 get cloud storage included, which allows them to schedule mirror image backups that are created automatically and stored in the cloud. They can also recover their system directly from your cloud backup.


Final thought

Full image / mirror image backups are the best way to ensure you can restore your entire system, since it captures everything you need, including boot information, applications, settings, and hidden files. You also capture all of the changes you’ve made since you started using your computer, including the programs and preferences that make your system unique.

Mirror images are a smart part of effective data protection, enabling fast, convenient system recovery. Acronis won’t abandon it like our competitors.