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Old 07-07-2009, 03:34 AM   #1
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Default Our Labs Have Adopted Acronis True Image

From our front-page news:
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we're in the process of updating the entire gamut of test suites for all of our performance and non-performance-related content. Yes, it's taking a lot longer than we could have ever anticipated, part in thanks to various things that came up (such as a four-day trip I took last week). We're closer than ever to wrapping some up though, so you can expect to see some great things within the next few weeks.

Up to this point, we've always used Norton Ghost for all our hard drive backup/restore needs, but with this total test suite overhaul, I decided to test out some of the competition, to see if we could make an improvement there as well. I like Ghost, but it hasn't proven to be the most reliable for me (sometimes I'd have to restart the restore process two or three times before it would actually work), and it doesn't allow total drive backups (multiple partitions + MBR) that I could see. Those are two major issues for our particular needs.

Thanks to our review of Kingston's SSD upgrade kit, I was introduced to Acronis True Image, and to my surprise, the version included allowed me to test out the simple backup/restore with my other drives. So, I tested it out with my new HP dv2, because I wanted to backup the entire drive (to retain the recovery partition), and keep the backup file handy in case I accidentally wipe that partition in the future.

Well, it worked, and the entire process was far easier to pull off than with Ghost. Both partitions along with the MBR were retained, and after wiping the target drive and restoring the backup, it was good as new. This impressed me enough to download the trial of the full-blown version, and again, the feature-set is amazing (especially for $50!). This isn't an advertisement, but a real-world testament. I've only used one feature for any good deal of time, but that one alone is worth the price-tag to me.

We're waiting on the shipment of a few copies, and once received, I'll put it all to good use and follow-up in a few weeks with my thoughts. If you're curious about the entire feature-set, you can check out the product site.


Acronis True Image Home 2009 is an award-winning backup and recovery solution for a good reason: it protects your PC after just one click and allows you to recover from viruses, unstable software downloads, and failed hard drives. Create an exact copy of your PC and restore it from a major failure in minutes, or back up important files and recover them even faster.


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Old 07-08-2009, 11:38 PM   #2
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Just wanted to mention Acronis software can usually be found at some nice discounts every month or so, as much as half off that $50 MSRP.

Or free, if you do rebates and own a competitor's product... http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/hot-deals/936124/
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Old 07-09-2009, 12:01 AM   #3
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Whoa... that's a steal! I recommend anyone to pick this up if possible, it's a great software product!

For those who don't understand all it does, the main thing we use it for is to restore OS backups so we can start anew as often as we need. What we do is first install Vista and all the stuff we need (sans drives), then capture the entire drive with Acronis and save it to an alternate hard drive. So whenever we need to test a new GPU, CPU or whatever, we load the image and have a fresh OS to use. Really saves the hassle of having to re-install everything manually each time, that's for sure!

There's a LOT more to this product than just that though. But for a few bucks or even free... just wow.
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Alright... I have to give this application even more praise.

I might be a little naive or short-sighted, but I figured if Norton Ghost couldn't handle Linux partitions reliably, than not much else would. After all, it's Symantec we're dealing with. Well, I installed Gentoo to the CPU benchmarking machine earlier, and decided to test out Acronis there. Sure enough, it had no problem backing up the entire drive, and after wiping the entire SSD clean along with the MBR, I restored the backup and it was good as before I backed it up.

This is a major feature for me, not only for the benchmarking machine, but because I use Linux on my main machine. I finally have a reliable way to back up the ENTIRE computer rather than just my documents and the like. No other commercial backup product I can see tackles this, but Acronis' solution works absolutely perfectly.

/me shakes off this fanboy feeling.
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