It’s that point of yr once more: the time when Acronis releases the annual replace of its venerable True Image backup program. It’s known as True Image 2020 (we examined the Standard model, $49.99 from Acronis) and sure, I do know it is not 2020 but, because the moniker implies, however what’s a couple of months amongst outdated pals? True Image is a trusted warhorse.

This yr’s enhancements are in fact welcome for subscription customers, and go fairly a methods towards making this system simpler to make use of. However, in the event you personal a current perpetual license model they’re not vital.

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New stuff

Acronis despatched out an e-mail claiming over 100 enhancements to True Image 2020. I’m certain there are, however the overwhelming majority are what I’d describe as tweaks and fixes. The solely main “adds” are system tray notifications and twin safety (native and cloud with the identical job), although the record contains higher malware detection, friendlier sign-up screens, and extra.

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The account web page the place you’ll be able to improve, add cloud storage, or entry you on-line administration console.

Dual safety is the one I discover most attention-grabbing, because it partially addresses my main grievance about many backup packages: the dearth of a number of locations (native, cloud, detachable, community, and so on.) for a backup job. True Image offers Acronis Cloud as a secondary vacation spot, which is nice if you wish to use the subscription-based service, however in any other case not that a lot assist. You can nonetheless clone the job and alter the vacation spot.

Features, options, and extra options

One factor to learn about True Image is that it has extra options than you’ll be able to shake a stick at, although some are solely tangentially associated.

The program will again up partitions, complete drives, and recordsdata, and accomplish that with versioning, incrementally (all post-initial backups comprise solely adjustments because the final backup), differentially (all post-initial backups every embody all adjustments because the preliminary backup), and as a one-time occasion.

You can fine-tune which variations are stored, how older backups are culled, and extra. There’s scheduling, in fact, plus pre- and post-backup instructions, e-mail notifications (the place’s the social media, Acronis?), file exclusions, validation and backup splitting settings, backup efficiency throttling for slower programs, and nearly each different possibility ever included in a backup program.

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