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Windows 7: Acronis Beta Testing

31 Aug 2009   #1

windows 7 64 bit
Acronis Beta Testing

Acronis is Beta testing True Image 2010 which they say is suitable for Windows 7. Are there any improvements that Acronis users would like to see included in the new version?

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01 Sep 2009   #2

Win7 64bit Ultimate

The last time I used acronis I was unable to use the discs to restore the system. It hangs at the first screen. I had the same issue with paragon though. I was trying to make a restore for XP. I also noticed that after installing acronis my boot time was insane. It took like 5 minutes to get up and running on my desktop.

I'm not sure what caused all the issues with drive cloning on this system but I just gave up on the whole idea because no matter what I tried it ended up not working or causing issues.
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01 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional (final) x64

Hi there new,

how can I participate in the Acronis beta testing? I'm an faithful Acronis user (currently True Image Echo Workstation 9) although I had a lot of problems with them. I'd love to help you improve!

What I in general is annoying is that for me I don't want to put a lot of time into figuring out what to install first and so on and the manual is just so bloated (although there is a lot of useful, important information in it) that it is just frustrating! I'm just a "business end user", all DIY. There need to be more streamlined quick manuals fitting specifically to the potential usage/install scenarios of users! There should be several of them in forms of "wizards" (not implicitly as software installers but as I said in quick PDF manuals or video tutorials with numbered steps!) which also should mention what not to do. Additionally one tutorial for helping develop and implement a general, working (!) backup strategy and one for how to properly and regularly testing the created backups would help extremly!

Ok, these are all feature request, what I'm wondering about:
Isn't Version 10 already out for a few months as final?

Also Acronis needs to work on their support as well on their sales team, it is both just horrible & crappy! (Even the business/corporate support, consumer definitely!) Last story: I sent them several questions about the new v.10 (mainly about the benefits compared to v.9) and I didn't get an answer (normal support people couldn't/wouldn't help, seems no one knows the advantages of their products there??).
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01 Sep 2009   #4

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

For Beta Program (now 2nd phase) you need to register. Please check this link for details.
I am testing this for a while now and I can say this will be a awesome product. I used ATI for 3 years and this beta is the most solid Acronis released, in my view.
I must mention, though, that I didn't test much of the online features, but they look VERY good too.
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01 Sep 2009   #5

windows 7 64 bit

Sorry KnowledgeWorker I didn't see your request for information about the Beta Testing, but I am pleased to see toyo has answered you. With regard to True Image Home 2010 already being out all I can say is I got this reply from Acronis when I spoke to them last week about Windows 7 :-

Please note that Acronis True Image Home 2010 which will be released very soon, is build to work perfectly with Windows 7.

I am having problems with the Beta version Boot Disk, but the installed version seems to be working fine.
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01 Sep 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional (final) x64

@toyo + new: Um, sorry, is there also a True Image Workstation 10 beta, I mean a "Acronis® Backup & Recovery™ 10 Workstation" one could test? As I use it (no Home Edition anymore :-P), I'd love to test-drive the new edition. That is especially as I wrote to sales, because I liked to have a comparison...

But it seems these Business/Enterprise solutions are already out (=final)?
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01 Sep 2009   #7

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Yes, the new Business solutions are out. The Beta is for Acronis True Image 2010 Home and will reach final stage very soon (1-2 months).
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01 Sep 2009   #8

Windows 7 RTM

Im using TI Home 2009 build 9646 with 7 at the moment, everything seems to work fine as far as image creation and validation goes. Havent tested restoration yet. I had only one explorer.exe crash while browsing the content of an image. But i really needed Acronis for my step from vista to 7, thats why i used it.

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02 Sep 2009   #9

Windows 7 Professional (final) x64

@toyo: So the TI 9 version isn't as stable on Windows 7 as the B&R 10 is?
Or what are the advantages of v.10 vs. v.9 if I may ask / you might know?
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02 Sep 2009   #10

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

I find it hard to believe that a Final version is more problematic than a Beta, but for me ATI 2010 Beta 2 is the best Acronis True Image I used yet. Also, it's the only one I used on Windows 7, so I can't really say that under this specific OS that one version is better than the other. But I can say that ATI 2010 Beta 2 under Windows 7 Ultimate x64 is better (in my opinion) than ATI 2009 under Windows XP SP3 x32.
You would certainly be best served if you would read the link I posted above, but here we go with a few of the improvements (which are many, big, well-thought ones. I can't say yet though if they are perfectly implemented, it's only a Beta):

- Acronis Non-Stop Backup - does what it says, I plan on beginning to test it. Seem to be the next natural step, together with
- Acronis Online Backup (50 GB atm for the Beta on Acronis servers) - with encryption and other nice stuff
- Universal Restore
- Virtual Hard Disk Support
- Dynamic Disk and GPT Support
- New Try&Decide capabilities (T&D no longer needs Acronis Secure Zone - which is a feature I truly began to fear after lost and corrupted backups in all previous versions. I'll newer again activate it.)
- Boot from an Archive - Boot from your .tib system partition image. Yes, it may have been validated correctly, but booting from it will just make you feel much safer, seeing that your system is behaving perfectly from the backup you just made.
- New Validation Tools
- New Powerful Scheduler

The Online Backup and Non-Stop Backup have known issues, as I said, please read the link
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