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Acronis True Image
OK, so you know you need to back up your computer. Various vendors have
loads of software out there that hopefully makes easier the job of
recovering from a hard drive failure or other system disaster. Well, forget all those programs. Forget
about burning discs of important files and trying to figure out which files
are the important ones. And forget about old-fashioned
clones. The smart way to backup your system is by complete
one utility you need is Acronis True Image. It makes a
complete, exact, sector-by-sector copy of your hard drive as a single-file
disk image archive. Various options are available, such as complete,
differential, or incremental imaging; various compression levels; automatic,
scheduled backups; and image browsing. The next time a software install goes
bad and trashes your system, just mount an image archive and pull back over
the files that got corrupted. If necessary, boot to the rescue media and
restore your entire hard drive from the image of your choice. Within minutes
you’re back to where you were before the disaster, as if it never happened.
Windows System Restore at times can be useful, indeed, but it doesn’t restore
everything. It can’t perform an absolutely complete undo. It isn’t intended
that it do so. But TI can, as well as individual files. Do
yourself a big favor, and get some full replacement cost insurance in the
form of Acronis True Image, and a second internal hard
drive to hold your images. The first time you need to restore your system
and have Acronis right there at the ready, and it saves your hide, you’ll
know this is the way to go in system backup and recovery and wonder how you
ever got along without it.
Caveat: Some users report difficulties imaging to and/or restoring from
external hard drives and networks. But in our experience, good, consistent,
reliable, expected results will be had with internal hard drives. Nothing is
foolproof, but this is the closest approximation we’ve found. We run full
disk image backups monthly and differential image backups nightly.
Acronis has saved us more times than we care to count.
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