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For so many years I have been using Acronis as a backup tool. Over the years it had many 'features' that I had to get used to or find a workaround for it. But basically I could get Acronis do its job the way I wanted it (almost).
Begin of 2013 I decided to upgrade (again), now to version 2013. I have been using it on two different PC's (laptop and desktop, both WIN7, backup location on WD MyBook Live NAS). In short I found out that:
- the 'backup engine' is still reliable and good (and faster than older versions)
- the handling of backups is as buggy and not user friendly as can be
I have been struggling for months to have my backups automated such that they need no further attention. But how can I trust access to previous backups when I have sooooooo many problems with validation? And I think in many cases there's nothing wrong with the backup files, it is just Acronis who 'thinks' the backup is corrupted. Today I had once again a case of Validation Error (could not find the backup file, although it is right there). It looks like something goes wrong with Credentials once a while..
I have been looking at several alternatives and found that Macrium might be a good alternative with respect to price, performance, features, support and reliability. I tried it a couple of weeks and it all looks good enough so far. Only the file naming and numbering is not what I want.
Any thoughts or advice from people who just got disappointed in Acronis like me and decided to move to an alternative? Will I get similar problems or will it be a relief?
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1. I avoid the use of consolidation. In my opiniion, this increases the possibility of errors and The program has been known to have lost numbering due to the consolidation.
Instead, I prefer the automatic cleanup backup scheme. Look at link 2 below and view the illustation 11-Inc, or 11-Dif, or 11-full. Any of these 3 backup schemes emply straight deletion of old files when the user designated quota is met. This method of cleanup involves keeping X number of recent version chains and x is met, the revoloving deletion begins on a rotating basis. This method has worked for me in the past and works for me with 2013 and 2014.
2. I do not permit myself to edit a backup task and the results are usually not what is expected. Instead, if a task need configuratin changes, I stop using the task. Create a new task and pont the new backups into a totally new sub-folder. No mixing of backup files from multiple tasks. I run both manual and scheduled tasks.
3. One of the most frequent causes with backup issues which involves NAS or network drives is the absolute correct path. Acronis is veryvery touchy about that and sometimes Windows will find disk when TrueImage will not and all is needed is a path whiich Acronis likes.
Note the extracat from MVP Tuttle. This may or may not be pertinent.
An extract from MVP Tuttle:
'When using ATI with a network drive, use a UNC path to your NAS device for a backup destination, not a typical friendly 'mapped' drive. e.g.
It should also be possible to use a UNC path that includes server name rather than IP, such as
ATI will not automatically detect a NAS drive. Once you start typing the destination path (click 'Browse', type in the 'File name' field), you will be prompted for a username and password. You must use enter the username and password that has permissions to access the NAS share you are saving to.
Many users have issues with NAS, not because of True Image but because the router gets overloaded with data throughput and cannot keep a consistent enough connection with the NAS for True Image to image or restore. Certain models of router and known to suffer from this issue.
A user shared this:
From the 'Destination drop down list in the backup dialog box' choose 'Browse ..'
In the 'Browse for Destination' dialog, enter the UNC path for your drive in the 'File name:' input field.
If the 'Authentication Settings' dialog does not pop up, click the blue arrow button to the right of the 'File name:' input field so it does pop up,
Enter the login info for your share'
This link may not apply but I thought what it took to fix the issue might get you thinking about what could be at play in your setup.
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5. None of this may apply but it is a start in fixing your issues. The development of 2013 appears to have stopped when 2014 was released so any issues 2013 had continues to exist unless 2014 corrected the problem ion the 2014 release. I know you just upgraded to 2013 but I would encourage you to upgrade to 2014 if the price is right.
2019 Update 1 / September 24, 2018; 2 years ago
|Operating system||Android, Windows XP or later, Windows Home Server 2011, OS X Yosemite (10.10) or later does not work with iPhone X |
|Platform||IA-32 and x86-64|
|Available in||English, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Korean, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Indonesian, Portuguese, Dutch|
|Type||Data protection and backup software|
AcronisTrue Image is a software product produced by Acronis that provides data protection for personal users including, backup, archive, access and recovery for Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android operating systems. As disk imaging software, True Image can restore the previously captured image to another disk, replicating the structure and contents to the new disk, also allowing disk cloning and partition resizing, even if the new disk is of a different capacity. The backups are in a proprietary format which saves using a .tib filename format. Acronis was launched in 2003 and in December 2014 claimed to have over 5 million consumer and 500,000 businesses users.
Several editions of Acronis True Image are available. Acronis True Image Cloud is a subscription-based software plus service offering that allows both local and online backup with unlimited cloud backup, and offers backup for a selection of mobile phones and tablets. Successive versions of Acronis True Image are the local backup editions. Both editions are available at retail outlets.
Until release 9 there were versions of Acronis True Image for personal and business users, with business versions named Acronis True Image Server. Later server backup software was renamed 'Acronis Backup'.
Acronis True Image can make two types of backups: file backup, backing up user-specified files and directories, and full system images, which are exact snapshots of an entire disk partition. The program can back up a system hard drive while the OS is running. Acronis True Image can browse the contents of backups and restore them partially or entirely. It can also mount a disk backup as a virtual disk, readable in the same way as any disk drive.
Although backups can be restored when the system is running, a major purpose of backup is to restore the system when it fails to start. Acronis True Image can install Acronis Startup Recovery Manager (ASRM), a computer program that helps restore backups at boot time. Acronis True Image can also create a copy of Acronis Rescue Media, a bootable DVD that contains a copy of Acronis True Image and can restore backups to a computer not bootable in the normal way, so long as a good boot drive (existing or new) is available.
The Acronis True Image Cloud version allows cloud users to also back up their mobile devices. iPhone and Android smartphones are supported, in addition to iPad and Windows tablets. This edition also brings back the 'Try and Decide' option which lets users perform potentially risky actions such as the installation of un-trusted software with the option of returning to the system function before the action if any problems occur.
Acronis True Image Cloud allows multiple devices to be backed up, managed and archived on the Acronis Cloud from the online dashboard.
One complaint from Acronis users is the inability to disable taskbar popups marketing upgrades and new products from the developer.  The notification will grab focus (ie. will interrupt a full screen game or movie) and each advertisement must be disabled individually. The company currently offers no way to permanently turn off these advertisements. 
Supported file systems
Acronis 2013 Portable
Acronis True Image supports multiple file systems including NTFS, FAT32, ext2, ext3, ext4, HFS+, APFS, ReiserFS, and Linux Swap.
In addition to backing up supported file systems, Acronis True Image provides raw sector backup and restore options independent of file system, thereby supporting a file system that is corrupt, or not supported. This creates a complete image of all sectors on the partition, whether they contain data or not; the image will not be compressed, and will be the same size as the partition.
Acronis began in 2001 as a division of SWsoft and in 2003 became a separate company and continued to release the Acronis True Image software. The True Image name was applied to all platforms from Home to Corporate until 2010, when Acronis business backup software was renamed, with True Image being the home version.
|6.0||2002||Supports creation of disk images on recordable DVD media and external USB drives.|
|7.0||2003||Includes a wizard-driven interface. Supports disk cloning that directly duplicates the contents of a hard drive to another.|
|8.0||2004||Supports backing up to a network location and restoring individual files from a disk image.|
|9.0||2005||The last version to support Windows 98 and Windows ME. Secure Zone allows backing up to a hidden drive partition. Startup Recovery Manager helps restore during boot time without a separate boot disk.|
|10.0||2006||Backs up and restores directly from network shares and FTP servers. Can save archives of Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express as well as Windows Address Book.|
|11.0||2007||File Shredder helps permanently destroy files. Try&Decide helps set up a sandbox in which untrusted programs can safely run without the risk of permanently changing or damaging the system.|
|12/2009||2009||One-click Backup backs up a computer using default settings, without asking any question other than backup destination.|
|13/2010||2010||Supports Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) and Windows 7. Nonstop Backup provides continuous data protection. Online Backup backs up data to an off-site location on the Internet. Version 13 home available as free WD Edition (see partnerships below)|
|14/2011||2010||Supports USB 3.0, integration with Windows 7 and predefined backup schemes.|
|15/2012||2011||Supports File synchronization, Network-attached storage, Nonstop Backup over network and integrated online backup.|
|16/2013||2012||Adds mobile access and Windows 8 support (except UEFI Secure Boot). Version 16 Home available as free WD Edition AND Seagate DiskWizard (see partnerships below)|
|17/2014||2013||Bug fixes, minor changes. UEFI Secure Boot support was added in this version.|
|18/2015||2014||Radically changed the UI and removed many features including backup file conversion from the .tib format to .vhd and vice versa, user backup file management (deletion of specified existing backups when destination has insufficient space for new backup), user-driven consolidation of incremental backups, import and export of backup settings, and the ability to sort backups by date. Version 18 Home available as free WD Edition (see partnerships below)|
|19/2016||2015||Added support for Windows 10. Removed support for Windows Vista.|
|20/2017||2016||Added active ransomware countermeasures, blockchain-based notary services, and electronic signing (premium version only).|
|21/2018||2017||Added cloning of active disks and continuous backups.|
|23/2020||2019||Changed suffix of backup files to .tibx. This likely changed the internal file format as well.|
|24/2021||2020||Added integrated advanced anti-malware features including real-time protection, vulnerability assessment, anti-virus scans, web filtering, and videoconference app protection.|
Acronis True Image guarantees backward compatibility for image files (with the .tib extension) created with a single previous version, that is, images created with an immediate previous version can be successfully restored (older versions may or may not work). Backups are created to be compatible between different editions of Acronis True Image within the same version (Home, Enterprise), e.g., between former Acronis True Image Echo Workstation and Acronis True Image Echo Enterprise Server, or between Linux and Windows versions. Compatibility is not guaranteed between products that are not within the same version. Guaranteed cross-version compatibility is documented.
In some cases it is possible to extract the .tib file using free offzip utility with commandline 'offzip.exe -R -o -a -1 -z 15 <.tib> <.bin>', which produces uncompressed binary image. The command scans all TIB compressed sections and extracts them into one image file.
VMware Converter by virtualization company VMware supports converting .tib files created by former Acronis True Image Echo 9.1 and 9.5, and Acronis True Image Home 10 and 11 into a virtual machine. However, after VMware Converter failed to recognize Acronis True Image 2013 .tibs, VMware said 'unfortunately VMware Converter doesn't support current Acronis True Image versions'.
Acronis True Image has an option to convert backups between its proprietary .tib and Microsoft's VHD backup format, more widely supported, and documented under the Microsoft Open Specification Promise.
Acronis has licensed custom versions of Acronis True Image to some hard disk manufacturers, including Western Digital's Acronis True Image WD Edition,Intel Data Migration Software to migrate from an existing hard drive to an Intel SSD, and Seagate DiscWizard. Such editions are free to download and use, but only with that manufacturer's hard drives.
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