True Image Lite 2013 is the newest backup software from Acronis. It’s only $30, which is $20 cheaper than True Image 2013 Full. What’s the trade-off? Namely, full disk imaging. You can’t backup your whole computer with True Image Lite. In this review I’ll examine some of the other differences, so you can decide whether or not it’s right for you.
- Backs up files and folders
- Nonstop backup provides continuous data protection
- No full disk imaging
- Few settings to customize
The Bottom Line
Although True Image Lite performs well, it removes the best part of True Image Full: full disk imaging. It also fails to differentiate itself from a sea of free and paid competitors.
Cloud backup is clearly the focus of True Image Lite, whereas with True Image Full the focus is full disk imaging. After starting the software, the first screen will prompt you to either log into the Acronis cloud or start a free trial.
True Image Lite gives two options for performing backups:
- Local Nonstop Backup
- Online Nonstop Backup
I chose to backup to the cloud and a USB hard drive. For the online portion of the backup, you can customize settings such as:
- When to delete older versions.
- How many versions to keep.
- Performance and priority.
- Notifications and exclusions.
The settings for local backups are noticeably lacking however. Essentially, there are no settings.
Restoring my data was easy. However, I wish there was a way to restore data from the cloud within the software. Currently it launches your browser to restore from the web interface.
Users should be aware True Image Lite removes most features found in the full version. There is no full disk imaging, Try&Decide, mobile file access, or synchronization.
What I Liked
With only two options for backing up, there is very little fluff to True Image Lite. It does exactly what it’s supposed to and backs up to the cloud and local drives with ease.
What I Didn’t Like
The biggest problem is that True Image Lite offers very little over its competitors. In fact, even the built-in Windows 8 File History utility accomplishes what True Image Lite does (minus the cloud backups). Even with the cloud backups, True Image Lite is overwhelmed by cloud backup services that offer more features and more settings, for about the same price.
|True Image Lite
|Files and Folders
|Full Disk Image