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Windows 7: Acronis 2012

24 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Acronis 2012

Acronis 2012 is out. I decided to go ahead and upgrade, since I was still using 2010.

The interface looks good, but I find it more difficult to find what I want.
For example, in 2010, Disk/Partition backups were in seperate areas of the UI.
By simply pressing the Files/Folder tab I could see just those backups.

2012 groups them all together on the same screen. You can sort them, by Type, date created etc, but it seems to be a bit buggy.
If I add a backup that was made by 2010, it automatically puts it at the top of the list regardless what sort method is used.
And sometimes, it just decides to organize them however it decides to.

Here is the main BackUp/Recovery Screen. (Bit empty right now still testing)
Acronis 2012-main.jpg

You can back up Files and folders by clicking the "Other BackUps button which also offers, email backup and Non-stop Backup options.

This bothers me a bit, because in 2010, if I wanted to back up a single file or folder somewhere, I could simply right click the file or folder and choose BackUp.
This option is no longer in the right click context menu. You must launch Acronis directly to get to it.


To start A Imaging task, you just press the Disk and partition backup button.
Acronis 2012-capture.jpg

By default, its set to Incremental and Single Partition. Single partition is only the C Partition Windows is installed On.

You can also choose multiple partitions if you want to or, a Full disc image (my prefered method)
You can cycle through the modes and check the partions or discs you want to back up.
Acronis 2012-multiple-part.jpg Acronis 2012-disk-mode.jpg

Perhaps Its just me, but I found 2010 to be a bit more user friendly when setting backup options.

Also, for Desination, you can not set a default destination as in 2010. You must choose it with each new back up you create. Unless Im missing something here.

There are also Cleanup options (how long to keep, Consolodate etc) as well as a Schedule that can be set.
Acronis 2012-schedule.jpg Acronis 2012-backupoption.jpg

Acronis also will integrate onto the Control panel.
When you go to Control panel / backUp restore, you will find Windows BackUp has been disbaled and replaced with Acronis.
Acronis 2012-cp.jpg

This wouldn't be such a bad thing, if it worked. It's been nothing but a headache.
Notice the Date and time of the test images I ran?
Also, the options to the right do not work. If you attempt to open the location you get an error.
You can however, launch Acronis from here by Pressing the Disk Partiton backup button at the top.

It also has the typical Tools and Utilities from previous versions:
Acronis 2012-tools.jpg

Theres also a Sync option, which I think uses the Online backUp??? Im not sure about this as I have yet to test it out.

Overall, the 2012 version looks OK. But it is a bit buggy. It tends to freeze and crash sometimes over the most simple of tasks.
Deleting the task log for example will cause it.

So, my thoughts overall about it are pretty simple.
Personally, I find the 2010 version to be much more user friendly.
Its easier to organize everything & find what you're looking for.

Also, advanced options are much easier to set in 2010 vs 2012, its stable and reliable.

Im sure these issues in 2012 will be resolved after a few updates, but for now... best to pass up until it is.
Its still buggy ATM, and that is NOT something you want from the app thats handling critical BackUps.

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24 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)

Thanks for the report especially all the screenshots. I too have 2010 so don't know how radical the UI changes are from 2011, but like many (most?) ATI users I do wish Acronis would pick a GUI style and stay with it. Can't help but have bugs in a completely redesigned interface. But one would hope-and-expect that the underlying mechanisms for creating images (and restoring them) do not change and are as reliable as they've been tweaked forever since v1.

Their business model these days must insist on annual upgrade revenues as well as snagging new users to their "latest/greatest brand-spanking new" program(s).

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24 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 SP1 x64

Never use the first release of a new version of ATI. My experience has been to wait. The interface looks much like 2011 and I agree that neither 2011 nor 2012 is easier to use than 2010. They should follow the KISS model. Keep It Simple Stupid.
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24 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I just wanted other ATI users to know, right now its buggy & not worth upgrading to until they get it patched.
I should have waited

As far as doing a simple backup, it does fine. But it is buggy and hangs up at times.
For example it will crash, with the Acronis has stopped working message and you must force it closed. As everything will be locked up.
Yet, the back up continues to run in the background.

I just rolled back to a system image before upgrading and will stick with 2010 for the time being.
Hopefully they get some patches out to remedy the issues it has, and with any luck it'll be soon.

As far as the GUI, I think the idea was to make it as simple as possible for those who may not be so tech savy.
But IMHO, it just the opposite. Unless you just click BackUp and Spam the next button until it starts, it can be difficult to locate what you're looking for.
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24 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Oh no, they changed UI again! I missed Powerquest Drive Image so much.

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24 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Hmmmm........ my first entry into the realms of drive imaging was through Power Quest's Drive Image 2002. Me too loved it and used it for years. It was so simple and never stupid.

What we get now is bloated and buggy software which even for geeks is a nightmare, forget about new entrants.
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24 Aug 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

EaseUS Todo Backup Free 3.0 is was I use now instead of Acronis it's very simple and has many tools for a free program you can't beat it and thanks Wishmaster for your time and effort into this informative post...
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24 Aug 2011   #8


Thanks for the very useful and informative post Wishmaster

I really like Acronis for years but it has become bloatware trying to be an all-in-one solution.

EaseUS todo Backup was a favorite until it failed me with version 2.5.

Paragon has been great and it's "Migrate to SSD" module is a great tool.
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24 Aug 2011   #9

W7 Pro 64, W7 pro 32,

I've used the new version twice to create images from production workstations with a simple RAID array (Dells) and on both it killed the W7 boot upon restart once the image was complete. Had to run a chkdsk from the actual install disk to fix it. Just a heads up.

Seems to be okay with a single disk, and does provide the updated NIC drivers I needed. I far prefer 9.7 though.
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24 Aug 2011   #10

Win7 Ultimate 64bit

GUI looks a bit similar to ATI Home 2011..made it bigger but I think the same.

This bothers me a bit, because in 2010, if I wanted to back up a single file or folder somewhere, I could simply right click the file or folder and choose BackUp.
-- Yeah. That would be nice. Don't know why they removed that one. My first experience with Acronis was DiscWizard and ATI-WD who both lack capabilities but was downright easy to use/straight to the point.

Am using ATI Home 2011 and I really haven't checked it all out. I still am confused since my transition from Paragon. I see a tab in the "Properties" and was wondering if that particular tab searches for folder or file backup rather than "a version" inside an archive I created. See image.

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