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Disk Imaging Software: Acronis True Image Home 2010

November 3rd, 2009

Acronis True Image Home 2010 1. About Acronis True Image Home 2010

Acronis True Image is a disk imaging software, developed by Acronis, that creates backups and recovers PC systems.

Price: 14 day trial $49.99 to buy
Operating system: Windows XP/Vista;
Version: Home 2010

Publisher’s description:
Acronis True Image Home 2010 allows you to create an image of a disk while it is running Microsoft Windows or offline by booting from CD/DVD, USB flash drives, PXE, or other bootable media. As a disk imaging software, True Image Home 2010 can restore the previously captured image to another disk, replicating the structure and contents to the new disk, also allowing disk cloning and partition resizing, as well if the new disk is of different capacity.

2. Acronis True Image vs. Norton Ghost

a) Norton Ghost V10, $69.99

No trial available, Windows XP Home Edition/Professional, Windows 2000 Professional ONLY
Includes Norton Ghost 2003 for Windows Me & 98 users

b) Acronis True Image V11, $49.99

14 day trial, Windows XP/Vista, 87MB

While each software has certain unique features, the core functionality of both softwares is essentially equal.  However, True Image’s overall functionality, reliability and UI are more robust and more understandable than Symantec Norton Ghost versions 9 or 10.  Most importantly, in my experience, Symantec’s Ghost versions 9 & 10 have proven to be unreliable and my experience with Ghost (really, all of Symantec) technical support has consistently been dreadful.  I would still choose Acronis True Image over Ghost on functionality and presentation alone; however, on quality of support alone, I cannot and will not recommend any Symantec program.

Furthermore, Symantec has a long & sordid history of acquiring products or complete companies and then discontinuing the products.  I would not be surprised if Ghost were treated similarly in the not-distant future.  Partition Magic, which they also acquired from PowerQuest a couple of years back in release 8 has yet to be updated by Symantec.  The fact that Symantec tech support/development has been unable to isolate the regular random corruption problems I have been experiencing across two releases of the product does not bode well for the future of the Ghost product, in my mind.

I have removed Symantec Ghost from my system. My recommendation and personal choice going forward for a disk-imaging program is Acronis True Image.

User Reviews:

I have used both, i think acronis is best.

you don’t even need to install the software to create or restore images. you just need the bootable rescue disk, which can even be created while program runs in windows.

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  • Web site: http://www.acronis.com/
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