Time Machine vs
Acronis True Image for Mac 

A side-by-side comparison reveals major differences,
and a clear winner for Mac Backup



"Although any backup is better than no backup at all, Time Machine may not protect your data to the extent or in the way that you need. A few significant weaknesses offset its impressive strengths"


defence from ransomware for mac

Ransomware Protection

Active anti-ransomware technology and off-site cloud backup combine to completely protect your data against an attack


Incidents of ransomware targeting Macs are on the rise, and new strains are specifically attacking backup files to prevent users from restoring their data. That means Time Machine’s inability to store a backup safely in the cloud, where ransomware can’t get it, becomes an even problem. Acronis True Image offers secure cloud storage and is the only backup software that includes cutting-edge technology that actively detects and automatically stops ransomware.

Acronis True Image include     Apple Time Machine exclude

Family friendly

Protection of all family devices from one console


Time Machine is only available on Mac OS. Families that rely on a combination of Mac and Windows computers and different mobile devices can’t use Time Capsule/Time Machine for backing up all their data.

Acronis True Image include     Apple Time Machine exclude

family friendly
speedy recovery

Speedy recovery

A bootable duplicate of your system (called a disk clone) can get you up and running again in just a minute or two


If your hard drive is damaged, do you want to start over from scratch to get your system running again? Time Machine can restore every file from your backup, but this process can take hours - or days in some cases – and you cannot use your Mac during that time. If you are primarily interested in maintaining workflow and being able to immediately restore your system after a hardware failure, the better option is to use a clone created by Acronis True Image!

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Have an extra copy

The safest option is to create multiple backups that are kept on separate media storage locations, such as HDD, SSD, Cloud or NAS


Time Machine and Time Capsule can provide you with a false sense of security because you have only one destination for your backed up data (e.g. an external hard drive). But if you’re really serious about protecting important data, it’s better to create a backup that is stored off-site. Storing a bootable copy of your home computer at work and vice versa, or using a reliable online backup service, ensures the backup safe if something catastrophic happens where the original is kept. With Acronis True Image you can set up separate plans for various destinations – so you send your data to an external HDD, to a NAS device, and to the cloud – which each adding a layer of protection.

Acronis True Image include     Apple Time Machine exclude

Have an extra copy
Space savvy

Space savvy

Good solutions will compress your files and save your storage space


Time Machine requires a significant amount of disk space, and while it doesn’t store duplicate copies of identical files, it doesn’t compress your files either. If you have tons of data but only an average amount of free storage, Time Machine may not be the best choice. Acronis True Image, on the other hand, compresses backed up files quite effectively, which allows you to maximize your storage space.

Acronis True Image include     Apple Time Machine exclude

Do more with your data

Electronically sign documents, authenticate data, backup Facebook accounts, and utilize other tools for total protection


Time machine does not include additional capabilities that offer greater data control and protection. With a Premium Subscription to Acronis True Image 2017, on the other hand, you get features like Acronis Notary you can secure files using blockchain technology to verify your data is unchanged. You also get Acronis Asign, which allows you to electronically sign files and authenticate them with Acronis Notary. Plus, you can backup Facebook accounts, archive files with ease, and more.

Acronis True Image include     Apple Time Machine exclude

Do more with your data

My personal backup strategy is to use both TM backup and bootable backup. If I have the time to restore from TM, I will do that. I make my living from my Mac, so I have the bootable backup for emergencies. I can be up and running quickly if I am under a tight deadline. Hard drives are inexpensive, so my recommendation is to do both!

Paulo W.



Backup and restore files and folders you like


Sometimes you don’t need to restore a full disk, you just need a particular file. Time Machine does not allow you to backup and restore individual files and folders, but Acronis True Image can do it for you. For a complete comparison, check the chart below:

Acronis True Image include     Apple Time Machine exclude

Why Time Machine is definitely not enough

OverviewApple Time MachineAcronis True Image 2018
Produce multiple backupsincludeinclude
Restore filesincludeinclude
Restore an entire disk (full image)includeinclude
Uses a network volume (Macs only)includeinclude
Protects from ransomwareexcludeinclude
Supports APFS disks as a target diskexcludeinclude
Runs automatically or manuallyexcludeinclude
Manage multiple backups from a single consoleexcludeinclude
Recover quickly from a clone backupexcludeinclude
Stores multiple backups on different destinationsexcludeinclude
Optimizes storage spaceexcludeinclude
Offers robust data protection featuresexcludeinclude


These days, backup solutions have become quite easy to implement, and can be fun to set up. If you are not backing up your files in any way, you are risking data and productivity loss. Given the cheapness of external drives these days, we strongly urge every user to take advantage of the powerful backup solutions available and safeguard their data.


Acronis True Image is better option

Protection for all family devices (Mac, PC, iOS and Android) from one easy-to-use console

Backup and restore either full disk images, or individual files and folders

Give your data extra layers of protection with many more features and services



"Acronis True Image 2017 NG Premium (with Acronis Active Protection) is easily the best backup software available. If you are looking for maximum protection, features and bootable backup media function, Acronis True Image 2017 NG Premium is the software to buy."


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