Subscriber and fellow computer club member Choppy Cusachs wrote me this week to ask about Acronis True Image Home 2011:
I’ve been enjoying your Computer Tips. Now I have a decision to make.
I’ve been using the NTI backup program for years, but it has one irritating limitation. It can’t make a complete backup of the “C” partition as WinXP has some system files locked. So I dug up the copy of Acronis 8. I got some time back via Clickers and am looking it over. The manual makes no mention of the NTFS file system. Wonder if it does or doesn’t manage that? So my question is whether or not I need to pay the cost of the upgrade to the 2011 version for simple images of the system partition.
My alternative approach is to install something like PCLinuxOS on the computer and dual boot. Then I could use Mondo to
back up the Windows “C” partition.
Wonder how many others might have similar concerns?
I wrote back to Choppy to tell him that I didn’t know if Acronis 8 supported NTFS, but that Acronis 9 did support it.
Acronis 8 is a very old version, especially in "computer years." Later versions were v9, v10, v11, v2009, v2010 and now Acronis True Image Home 2011.
I’ve used most of those and, in my opinion, ATIH 2011 is vastly better than even ATIH 2009, which was much better than v11 which was better than v9.
Would I upgrade to v2011 for a Windows XP computer? Absolutely. And, I did — one of my computers still runs Windows XP, and I bought a license for Acronis True Image Home 2011 for it, replacing the v2010 that I had previously purchased for it.
Choppy wrote back to me:
Thanks for the advice. After some reading I bought the 2011 product by download.
The Sandbox feature decided me. I look forward to using it.