Acronis True Image 2014 Review (with 10% off coupon)

Acronis True Image 2014 is the latest release of the popular disk imaging software.  What is a disk image?  Think of it as an exact copy of your hard drive, which can restore your computer to the exact state it was in when the backup was made.

I’ve been using True Image for years and it’s saved my data from system crashes on numerous occasions.  For this reason and more, it gets my highest rating and this year’s Editor’s Choice award.

True Image 2014 "Getting Started" screen

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Pros

  • Backs up your entire PC via full disk imaging, even to the cloud
  • Can backup files and folders
  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Free 5GB of cloud storage
  • Try&Decide can roll-back system changes

Cons

  • No free support after 30 days

The Bottom Line

Acronis True Image 2014 remains the leader of disk imaging software.  I found it easy enough for anyone to use, yet powerful enough for even the most complicated backup jobs.

Pricing

Acronis True Image 2014 costs $50 ($30 to upgrade from a previous version).  It can be combined with 250GB of cloud storage for an extra $5/month.

The cloud backup option is useful for protecting your data from fire, theft, flooding, and other disasters that a local backup can’t protect you from.

Get 10% Off

You can get 10% off your order of Acronis True Image by using these coupon codes:

Acronis True Image 2014 use coupon code ATI10OFFQ2

Acronis True Image 2014 Premium use coupon code ATIPR10OFFQ2

Click here to redeem and enter the coupon code on the checkout page (works with single licenses only).

Installation

I downloaded the 30 day free trial and was emailed a serial number to use.  As with previous versions, the installation was very easy.  I simply clicked through the menus, accepted the licence agreement, and it was done.

Backing Up

When first started, Acronis True Image gives you 3 options:

  • Back up system
  • Recover data
  • Back up to Cloud

For testing, I chose to backup my entire C: drive to a local USB hard drive.  However, I could have just as easily backed up online.  Acronis True Image 2014 is the first release to support full disk imaging to the cloud.  It’s also the only consumer-level backup software I know of to support this.

True Image 2014 disk backup

Setting up a disk backup in Acronis True Image 2014.

In previous versions, I chose to only backup files and folders to the cloud.  I think I will continue to do this (saves bandwidth), and reserve disk imaging for mammoth USB hard drives (which should be your first line of defense, anyways).

Acronis True Image also supports:

  • Backup schemes (incremental, full, differential)
  • Scheduling
  • Encryption
  • Compression

There are advanced options such as backup reserve copies, backup splitting, automatic consolidation, and more.

True Image 2014 Advanced Disk Backup Options

Acronis True Image 2014 has many advanced settings to choose from.

Bootable Media to the Rescue

Creating bootable media is an important step with any disk imaging software, and I’ve always been impressed with how quick and easy it is with Acronis True Image.

You can create bootable media using a CD, DVD, or USB thumb drive.

True Image 2014 Rescue Media Builder

The Acronis Media Builder.

Restoring

Restoring your computer after a system crash or hard drive failure is never a fun experience.  Fortunately, as long as you have your rescue media and backups ready, Acronis True Image makes this as painless as possible.

After booting into the rescue media, I selected where my backups were stored (options include local and external hard drives, network places, and the Acronis cloud) and immediately began restoring my system.

True Image 2014 System recovery

Selecting a backup to recover.

Acronis True Image had no problem restoring my data during testing.

For situations where you can still boot into Windows, you can restore right from the desktop software.  You can also restore individual files and folders, or mount a disk image and copy files over.

Features

Synchronization

You can sync files between two computers, even if the computers aren’t on the same network.  Note: both computers must have Acronis True Image installed.

Try&Decide

This lets you rollback any changes you make to your computer.  Not sure if that EXE file you downloaded is safe?  After activating Try&Decide, you can make any change to your computer, then choose to either rollback or apply it.

Acronis Secure Zone

Acronis True Image gives you the option of storing your backups in a secure partition on your disk.  It is only readable by True Image, and thus safe from viruses and other malware.

Clone Disk

Copy partitions from one disk to another.  Useful for migrating to a new hard drive.

Image Mounting

You can access any backup image as a regular disk on your hard drive.

Convert to Windows Backup

You can convert your Acronis backup to a Windows backup (and vice versa).  This is only useful on Windows 7 and earlier versions, since Windows Backup has been replaced by File History in Windows 8.

Free 5GB Cloud Storage

No, it’s not enough to backup your hard drive to, but it will store your important documents and other small files.  It’s nice to see Acronis offer this for free, with increasing competition from online backup services.

Support

If there’s one area Acronis suffers from, it’s providing quality tech support.

If you’re past the 30 day grace period of your True Image purchase, a support ticket is going to cost you $10.  That’s not counting support from the Acronis community forums, which is free but may not get you an immediate answer.

Fortunately, recovery support is always free.  That’s one less headache to worry about, as if data loss isn’t stressful enough.

Specifications
Product Name True Image 2014
Version 2014
License Shareware
Price $49.99
Operating Systems Window
Backup Types
Files and Folders yes
Full Disk Image yes
Incremental yes
Differential yes
Backup Destinations
Hard Drive yes
Removable Media yes
Network Shares yes
Blu-ray yes
CD/DVD yes
FTP yes
SFTP no
Online Storage yes
Features
Compression yes
Encryption yes
Email Notifications yes
Error Handling yes
File Versioning yes
Priority Setting yes
Scheduling yes
Speed Limiting yes
Synchronization yes
Geoff Akerlund

Geoff Akerlund

Geoff Akerlund is the founder and editor-in-chief of BackupReview.com. He is a cloud fanatic and regularly reviews online backup services. He believes backups should be easy, affordable, and automatic.
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  • awraynor

    I think everyone, but me likes this product. I have purchased TrueImage and upgrades 3-4 times. This time I installed 2014 and uninstalled in few days. They have cleaned up the interface, but it still has issues for me. When I went to search for files synced to an external drive the program couldn’t locate the files and froze. Promptly uninstalled and now I am using Genie Timeline Pro after they gave me an offer to purchase at $10. It is fast, search works well and I am thinking of using the builtin Zoolz glacier storage as another layer of backup?

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    • Irma

      What if Genie Timeline like these days? I tried it about 18 months, but found it was slow to backup and used a lot of system resources all the time.

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      • awraynor

        Mostly good, but a big showstopper. The install went well, it was much easier on resources than other programs I have used.
        Now to the problem. It went well at first, check data items you want backed up and it did it quickly. However, when I went back to change the items the program would freeze and have to be stopped in task manager.
        I eventually found a bad drive, so unsure if that could have contributed to the problem, but I doubt it. That one problem for me was a showstopper nonetheless.

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  • Dr. K. A. Rasheed

    I have almost made up my mind in favour of purchasing a license for Acronis True Image.
    But before that will you please enlighten me as to what happens if my Motherboard is damaged or if I want to upgrade to a new state of the art motherrboard ?
    Can I still bring back my Windows_8.1 to this motherboard ?

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    • http://www.backupreview.com/ Geoff Akerlund

      In order to restore to dissimilar hardware, a license for True Image Premium would be required (+$30). The Premium edition can inject drivers for new hardware at the time of recovery.

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    • Steve

      You can restore to dissimilar hardware with Windows 8.1 anyway. No need for premium. Windows detects new hardware now and sorts itself out. The restore to dissimilar hardware feature was flakey at best anyway.

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  • Peter Meinl

    My biggest problems wit TI 2014 are:

    The built-in scheduler does not wake my PC’s from sleep so I have to keep them running 24/7 for nightly backups. Configuring a Windows scheduled task with TI does not work reliably. This problem with TI exists for years.

    A running TI backup prevents Windows from shutting down with the message “…operations in progress”. They only option to get out of this is a hard reset. This happens often because the scheduling is unreliable.

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    • http://www.backupreview.com/ Geoff Akerlund

      Long shot, but I’m assuming you checked “wake the sleeping/hibernating computer” in the scheduling options? I prefer to run missed backups at system startup, but I haven’t had a problem with True Image waking my computer before I changed that setting. I must be lucky.

      I agree about True Image preventing Windows from shutting down. It’s very annoying! I’m not sure why they haven’t fixed that yet. Sleep/hibernate seems to be the only way around it.

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