PROS / True Image 2016 supports versioning, so you can easily roll back through different update versions to get the one you need.
CONS / It can be quite difficult to contact the company directly.
VERDICT / The minimalistic interface makes it feel approachable for not-quite-expert users, but the majority of the powerful options are geared toward advanced users.
Editor's note: Acronis True Image 2017 is now available. Clicking the Buy button will take you to this version for purchase. The manufacturer lists the new version as offering the following features: file and folder backup; cloud storage and remote access; and mobile device backup to local computers. We will evaluate, rank and review Acronis True Image 2017 when we next update the Disk Imaging Software reviews. Meanwhile, enjoy our review below about Acronis True Image 2016.
Acronis True Image 2016 is disk imaging software that gives you granular control over managing images, backups and clones, and it provides you plenty of customization options. Though it’s missing a couple important features, the software is a decent choice, especially if you want full control over maintaining your computer’s important data.
It can handle various backup types, including differential and incremental, and the software lets you choose exactly what data you want to image. It also verifies any data it creates to ensure it was done correctly and will work properly whenever you run it. While it is unable to compress or encrypt your data, it can split large files. You can store data on external sources, and Acronis has a cloud server you can easily connect with.
True Image can easily restore your data, whether it’s an individual file or anything larger. It can also resize your files during a restoration. If your computer crashes, you can load your boot media from the software in a pre-OS environment and easily get your system up and running again. Additionally, it’s compatible with dissimilar hardware and can even create a virtual machine or drive and mount your images files on them.
Versioning is one of the biggest stand-out feature for True Image 2016, wherein the software keeps a history of your 10 most recent system states, allowing you go back to any of them at any time if needed.
The hard drive cloning software’s interface is oversimplified, using simple icons to represent each category on the navigation panel. While it is clean, it’s not intuitive, and you may spend your time repeatedly clicking through each icon to see what it does. Despite its simple design, which would seem to be targeted at novice or casual users, it’s full of advanced options that are likely beyond a beginner’s scope or ability.
You can customize notifications, choose from over 10 languages, and set usage limits on how much memory and hard drive space your virtual machine can use on your physical computer. However, there is no command line integration.
You have a large variety of technical support options available to you for this software. You can directly contact Acronis’ helpful representatives via live chat, phone or email, or you can browse through their user forums, knowledgebase, FAQ and additional documentation to resolve issues on your own. However, the website repeatedly redirects you from contacting them directly and requires you to fill out lengthy forms even just to live chat a representative.
This disk cloning software is only compatible with recent Windows and Mac OS X versions, and you’ll have to pay for upgrades and cloud service if you want them. The software’s pricing model is based on an annual subscription, so you’ll have to continually renew it to keep using it.
The simple icons make Acronis True Image 2016 interface feel somewhat approachable for less-than-tech-savvy users. However, the software is powerful and offers customization capacities beyond what most other programs do, making it a better choice for experienced or advanced users than for beginners.