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Using True Image 2015? Check your images asap!

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    Windows 8.1 Update 1

    Using True Image 2015? Check your images asap!


    After what I experienced yesterday I feel compelled to warn everybody here who uses Acronis True Image 2015. I know that there has already been a discussion about all the features Acronis has cut out with the release of 2015 edition. But so far I did not pay attention since I used True Image for it's main purpose which is to backup my system and all the important data. But yesterday I wanted to restore a certain file out of a particular image. I started True Image and wanted to restore the file in question but lo and behold, all the differential images where defective, the only one that could be accessed was the initial full backup which dated several months back. Shocked by that outcome I immediately started to check all my images (I frequently back up 4 drives, one being the system drive, all images are differential). The result of that check was a veritable disaster, none of my differential images were restorable, for two images out of four even the initial full backup was defective! Really, I was shocked. I tend to go around telling everybody to back up their data, telling them that not backed up data virtually does not exist. And there I was, realizing that since I had started using Acronis True Image 2015 my data had actually been unprotected for almost an entire month.

    After that discovery I immediately looked for another backup solution (testing Paragon Backup & Recovery 14 right now, looks good), uninstalled True Image 2015 and demanded a refund (still within 30 days refund period). But I am still somewhat clueless. I let True Image verify all my backups after their creation and every singe time True Image told me that the image had successfully been veryfied and thus would be restorable. This could not have been further from reality since when I checked only 2 images out of maybe 20 backup processes where actually usable.

    So here is my advice for everybody out there using Acronis True Image 2015: Check your backups immediately! Try restoring the images or at least try to open them and restore a single file. Don't rely on True Images verifying function. Your data might be unprotected without your knowledge!

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    Good advice, thanks!
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    I used to use Acronis. It failed me twice trying to restore. It didn't get a third chance. I now have Macrium Reflect.
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    Posts : 148
    Windows 8.1 Update 1


    I have switched to Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Professional. So far nothing to complain. I Made a few test images and was able to restore them without any problems. The UI of Paragon's software needs some getting used to but once you have familiarized yourself with how everything works it's actually quit logical. And what's really important: It seems to be reliable.
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  5. #5


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    I always make 2 image backups, one with Acronis True Image 2015 and one with Macrium Reflect. Call me paranoid, you bet!!
    Tested both and no problems to report. I agree though that I do not like where Acronis is going.

    For info: With Acronis I do a full image backup then 5 differentials and start over. I also do separate file backups of my most important files.
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    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    I quit using TI since TI2011 for the reasons:
    1. Restore failed even Image verification was successful.
    2. TI took over the boot manager and installed services that cannot be uninstalled even I uninstalled TI, these services kept running and if I manually removed them, Windows crashed.
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    3. I don't use incremental backup. My SSD only contains Windows files and it takes under 2 minutes to do complete Windows backup to another SSD with Macrium and never once failed me.
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    Posts : 6
    Win 7 64 bit


    I just upgraded to True Image 2015 and after reading reviews I'm shopping as well.

    I picked up NovaBACKUP 16.5 Professional cause it was on sale for $24.97. However I''m leaning on Macrium Reflect v5 Professional or Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15. Paragon is pricey ($99) but hey... if it's the best so what!

    I have like 2 months of install on my music computer. Hundreds of VST synths and other stuff so I just want to be able to make a reliable Clone so if my C drive (OS) every crashed I'm up and running.

    Any tips? Paragon? Macrium?

    Thanks!
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    I have a Sonar X3 studio. Everything I have is backed up twice. All my Sonar projects are backed up on a second hard drive and then I use Macrium to backup the entire drive(s).
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    Posts : 6
    Win 7 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
    I have a Sonar X3 studio. Everything I have is backed up twice. All my Sonar projects are backed up on a second hard drive and then I use Macrium to backup the entire drive(s).
    Have you ever made a Clone drive using Macrium Reflect of your OS drive and the boot off of it just to make sure you can restore everything if you OS drive crashes?

    Getting ready to "Pull The Trigger" on Macrium soon (or at least I THINK I am) LOL!

    Thanks!
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    I haven't tried the clone drive function. I just make full backups, and I've restored off of the full backups.

    Macrium has a free version that you can try, first.

    I also like the WinPE rescue disc function better in Macrium. Macrium has a basically automated procedure to make the WinPE rescue disc. Acronis is mostly a manual procedure. I like the WinPE discs better than the Linux rescue discs. Another problem I ran into with Acronis, the Linux rescue disc program didn't recognize all the hard drives in the system, where the WinPE did.
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