Acronis true image 2015 – beautiful, powerful and simplified

By | January 17, 2015

Acronis True Image 2015

Acronis True Image is well known for being available with lots of great backup features to it. You get a complete pack with imaging, file and folder backup, syncing, online backup, continuous data protection and much more.

Over the years, True Image has combined a lot of extras like Try and Decide, Disk editing, Secure File Shredder and even more.

Some users sometimes referred to this program as bloated because, some of its add-ons had very little value.

The new Acronis True Image 2015 brings a different back-to-basic like approach. They really focused on core essentials, presented with a beautiful and simplified interface.

Getting started

True Image 2015 looks different from its predecessors. Its new icons are very touch-friendly flat icons and its features are segmented into 6 main sections: Backup-Recovery, Sync, Tool, Account (for your online backups), License and Help.

This is relatively simpler which pays off in some ways. To create your very first backup, the procedure will be as simple as such:

  • Click Backup
  • Add Backup
  • Create New Backup
  • Click select source and choose the Entire PC option; which will select all your drives for you
  • Select a destination then lunch your backup, that’s all you need to do.

There’s a lot more to the “Option” button than it looks. With the use of any chosen backup schemes, you can run a full incremental or differential backup. With our custom exclusion filters, you are sure to only back up what you need. There is control over backup encryption, validation and splitting. Optional pre- and post-backup commands, emails notifications and the possibility to schedule to run backup jobs at any time you require.

The option to back up by file types i.e. music, picture, documents is usually complicated for new user.

You are now safe from the annoying and long backup logs since you only get that when you create a system report.

The new Acronis online backup is said to be improved by 10% with the use of their new duplication scheme. Also, each of our test on their flexible scheduler worked as advertised.

Backup and Recovery

From the backup button you can access each of your backups. You also get details like the name, destination and the status indicator. A green tick on the status indicator means that the last backup ran without any errors.

Time of last backup and total backup size, can be seen when you select an individual job.

Restoring your backup is relatively simpler. You just have to click on the job and select “Recover Files” then, choose the time of backup you would like to restore to.

You will also need to check the boxes next to each file and folder so as to recover them all with a single click.

Alternatively, since the mount command is not available in this version, you may use explorer integration which produces the same effect. Right-click a backup file, select True Image then Mount and it’ll be mounted as a virtual drive within the explorer.

We noticed the cloud backup “Email link” and “Copy link” context menu options were always available, even when right-clicking backups on your own PC. So, we thought that might generate network paths for local resources but that was not the case and either option can be used offline or online with no effects.

Disaster recovery is way better than before with the Rescue Media Builder now having the option to build bootable rescue discs or USB keys in Linux and windows PE forms. You can build a “Universal Restore” option which allows you to recover your system to a different PC hardware.

The Linux disc was perfectly usable with a keyboard but couldn’t detect our mouse. Apparently, this is also a known issue which will be fixed very soon.

Dropped Features

Apart from the new design of Acronis True Image 2015, lots of changes were made to it.

What tops the list is the absence of “Try & Decide”, the clever system which meant you could install software, try it out, and undo any changes later if you didn’t approve. This helped reduce the software’s size and complexity but will surely get most users a little annoyed.

Some of the lesser backup functionality were removed too. Features like Mail Backup option and import/export of backup all belong to the past now.

Backup management will surely be the real issue, since you will not be able to manually mount an image from within the program, consolidate incremental backups or convert them to VHD and back.

Acronis True Image 2015 also said “bye bye” to their Disk Editor, File shredder, Boot Sequence Manager, Extended Capacity Manager, the Trim SSD wizard etc. We were very surprised the DriveCleanser and the Feeble System Cleaner survived the “attack”.

The truth is, if you are running on Windows 7 or 8 you don’t need some of these features anyway. But we will surely miss some neat touches we had in Acronis True Image 2014. It’s a pity that we will not be able to create a shortcut by dragging and dropping a backup job onto your desktop anymore. The good news is, you can still get Acronis True Image 2014 at a discount and that is something we recommend you do.