Windows 10: Should I settle on Acronis True Image (paid version) or Macrium?

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  1. Posts : 168
    Windows 10 home Version 10.0.10586 Build 10586
       16 Mar 2018 #1

    Should I settle on Acronis True Image (paid version) or Macrium?


    I have purchased Acronis TrueImage 2018 primarily for disk imaging in case I have a system crash and for individual file recovery if needed. ATI apparently will handle my 3TB WD MyCloud and a tethered 2TB HDD to give me 5TB storage for backups. I also have Macrium Free version. Iím having a little difficulty using ATI and understanding some error messages with ATI that I wonít go into here. Iíll start another thread if needed for that.

    When I access this area of TenForums I see that most of the discussion is about Macrium. Iím serious about having a good image if needed and having a handy utility for recovering individual files.

    My question here is whether I should abandon ATI for Macrium Ė maybe even buy the paid version (~$70). I hate to abandon my paid version of ATI but I donít want to spend a lot of time troubleshooting it if the consensus is that Macrium is a better product.

    Thanks for your comments and advice.
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  2.    16 Mar 2018 #2

    lbeck said: View Post
    I have purchased Acronis TrueImage 2018 primarily for disk imaging in case I have a system crash and for individual file recovery if needed. ATI apparently will handle my 3TB WD MyCloud and a tethered 2TB HDD to give me 5TB storage for backups. I also have Macrium Free version. Iím having a little difficulty using ATI and understanding some error messages with ATI that I wonít go into here. Iíll start another thread if needed for that.

    When I access this area of TenForums I see that most of the discussion is about Macrium. Iím serious about having a good image if needed and having a handy utility for recovering individual files.

    My question here is whether I should abandon ATI for Macrium Ė maybe even buy the paid version (~$70). I hate to abandon my paid version of ATI but I donít want to spend a lot of time troubleshooting it if the consensus is that Macrium is a better product.

    Thanks for your comments and advice.
    Hi lbeck, I also used Acronis since 2008 and now I use Macrium. With each new version Acronis became more difficult to use threw more errors. I also had issues getting tech support. I started using Macrium free about two years ago and very soon after got the paid version for all my PCs. No issues, runs flawlessly and easy to learn. You will have some issues getting Acronis out of your system, it can be difficult to fully remove. I had issues having both Acronis and Macrium installed at the same time.
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  3. Posts : 2,014
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       16 Mar 2018 #3

    Macrium Reflect 7 Free -
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  4.    17 Mar 2018 #4

    lbeck said: View Post
    I have purchased Acronis TrueImage 2018 primarily for disk imaging in case I have a system crash and for individual file recovery if needed. ATI apparently will handle my 3TB WD MyCloud and a tethered 2TB HDD to give me 5TB storage for backups. I also have Macrium Free version. Iím having a little difficulty using ATI and understanding some error messages with ATI that I wonít go into here. Iíll start another thread if needed for that.

    When I access this area of TenForums I see that most of the discussion is about Macrium. Iím serious about having a good image if needed and having a handy utility for recovering individual files.

    My question here is whether I should abandon ATI for Macrium Ė maybe even buy the paid version (~$70). I hate to abandon my paid version of ATI but I donít want to spend a lot of time troubleshooting it if the consensus is that Macrium is a better product.

    Thanks for your comments and advice.
    No contest - Macrium Reflect. The free version is adequate for most users.

    I bought the paid version primarily for its awesome Rapid Delta Restore.

    Normally when you restore a drive or partition, everything on target is replaced. With RDR, it only replaces things that have changed and is much faster in many cases eg if you install something and it screws things up, quick restore with RDR may only take a minute or two.

    Also, you get access to support - free version does not get access to suport.

    The other major reason to change is Macrium really are superb in maintaining versions, providing fixes very quickly.

    Acronis can take ages to fix issues, and worse often only put fix in next version forcing you to pay. Of course, same is ultimately true even for Macrium but difference is bugs on existing versions do get fixed. Obviously when a new version comes out, old version is no longer maintained.
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  5.    17 Mar 2018 #5

    You don't need the paid version of Macrium to restore individual files - you simply mount the relevant image and copy back the file you want. I've no need for the extra options of the paid version personally. You may find you do but it would make sense to start with the free one and only upgrade if it doesn't do something you want.

    If restoring individual files is something you do a lot then you could consider using the built in File History in addition to whatever imaging software you use. This lets you scroll back through time to find the version you want rather than mounting each image file and seeing if it is there. It isn't a replacement for imaging - just a easier way of restoring previous versions of changed or deleted user files. There were some rumors it will be replaced with a new feature called timeline but if and when this will happen is anyone's guess.
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  6. Posts : 16,125
    Windows 10 Professional x64
       17 Mar 2018 #6

    Some years ago I used Paragon then used Acronis but today I only use Macrium its a lot more user friendly :)
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  7.    17 Mar 2018 #7

    lx07 said: View Post
    You don't need the paid version of Macrium to restore individual files - you simply mount the relevant image and copy back the file you want. I've no need for the extra options of the paid version personally. You may find you do but it would make sense to start with the free one and only upgrade if it doesn't do something you want.

    If restoring individual files is something you do a lot then you could consider using the built in File History in addition to whatever imaging software you use. This lets you scroll back through time to find the version you want rather than mounting each image file and seeing if it is there. It isn't a replacement for imaging - just a easier way of restoring previous versions of changed or deleted user files. There were some rumors it will be replaced with a new feature called timeline but if and when this will happen is anyone's guess.
    Timeline is in lates Insider versions and turned out to be completely different to original expectations really being just fancy web history rather disappointingly.
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  8.    17 Mar 2018 #8

    I consider Acronis software is poorly engineered and the support is poor. Macrium Reflect is excellent by comparison and well supported. I started out using the free version but recently bought a full licence on offer.
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  9. Posts : 168
    Windows 10 home Version 10.0.10586 Build 10586
    Thread Starter
       17 Mar 2018 #9

    That settles it. I'll uninstall Acronis and install Macrium free.

    Thanks for your helpful comments.
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  10.    17 Mar 2018 #10

    Steve C said: View Post
    I consider Acronis software is poorly engineered and the support is poor. Macrium Reflect is excellent by comparison and well supported. I started out using the free version but recently bought a full licence on offer.
    See the excellent guides on Macrium Reflect in tutorial section.

    One really cool thing with Macrium Reflect is ability (via Macrium Viboot) to mount a Macrium Reflect Image as a Hyper-V virtual machine, make changes and resave. Great for sysprepping.
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