Acronis True Image 2015 for Mac Review
Acronis True Image 2015 for Mac Review
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Acronis True Image 2015 for Mac is designed to help you protect your data. Acronis has a fairly strong and well deserved reputation as being among the best solutions for backups over a wide variety of systems. True Image 2015 for Mac is available as a thirty day trial. After trying out the mac version myself I think you should definitely give it a whirl before purchasing the full version.
The trial version downloads quickly with a total size of about 39 MB. It runs on OS X 10.8 – 10.10 but it is important to note that it does not support any RAIDs. They have a nice chart in the help file that shows where the backups can be saved.
Installation went equally as fast taking just a few seconds to copy the required files.
Upon first launch you will be on a screen that will allow you to enter your serial number if you have one. You may also click ‘Buy Full Version’ to be taken to a purchase page. If you are testing the software you can select ‘Start Trial’ to continue and be brought to the main interface.
The main screen is fairly simple to understand and starts off with the entire computer pre-selected. Simply choose your destination. It starts with the option to select Acronis Cloud and input your account details. When signing up for a trial you will receive an email with this information. You may also click ‘Select Other Destinations’ to choose from local storage locations.
The primary screen doesn’t include many other options but clicking on ‘Settings’ will open a small window with a few tabs and options. The tabs available are Schedule, Encryption and Advanced. I’m not sure why they bothered to put these ‘options’ into different tabs as they could easily have fit them into one slightly larger window. The section for Schedule allows you to set a recurring time to automatically update a backup. The Encryption tab has only one option, encrypt, allowing you to enable it and choose a password which will then use 256 bit AES to protect the backup. It’s important that you remember this password as even Acronis support cannot help you retrieve it. The final tab, Advanced, also only has one option which is a drop down menu of locations to select from if you are using an Acronis Cloud account and will be storing the backup online.
All in all I was not impressed by the options found here. The Windows version has rows of choices and tweaks available. I figured I had to be missing something and so I continued to check out the menu items next.
Under ‘Acronis True Image’ there are a few options worth noting. The first is ‘About Acronis True Image’ which opens the standard about screen. It also happens to include the ability to toggle whether you want to ‘Participate in the Customer Experience Program’ and automatically upload hardware and software/configuration information to them.
Then there is the ‘Enter Serial Number…”option which will take you back to the screen you first see when launching the program originally. Next comes a variety of ‘Acronis Cloud’ related options allowing you to Sign in or open the web application.
Under ‘File’ you can create a ‘New Backup’ or ‘Create Rescue Media.’ If you haven’t created a disc yet I’d suggest you do so. In order to restore a full backup such media will be required to boot from and is also helpful should the system should be rendered unbootable in some way. Another thing worth noting here is that there was no option to save the rescue disc as an ISO.
‘Recover’ has only two options. The first one simply prompts you to create a rescue media once again. It seems a tad redundant but I can understand why they chose this route. In order to recover the entire Mac you must boot from and use the rescue media as such a restore cannot be done from within the Operating System. Not having the option for Recover here or removing the File > Create Rescue Media… selection could result in confusion when a user wants to create a rescue disc but is not ready to Recover anything at that time.
The second option allows you to ‘Recover Files from Existing Backup…’ and will open up a window which allows you to select the appropriate backup file.
After that you can navigate to a specific file or folder then restore them to the original location or choose a different place to save it.
‘Help’ has your standard help file option along with a link to the online forum and Knowledge Base.
After completing a backup or selecting an existing archive you’ll have a few more options along the bottom but none that haven’t already been covered. ‘Edit’ simply allows you to alter the ‘settings’ you have previously set such as changing the schedule.
The plus and minus signs in the lower left corner will also allow you to add a new backup or remove the selected backup.
After having dived deeper into the help file to see what hidden options page I had missed and coming up blank I became sorely disappointed. While the Windows version has tons of nice options it seems that Mac users were left out.
Final thoughts and Conclusion:
The backup and restoration speeds were on par with what I expected being limited by the drive speed and processor. It is still a solid backup and restoration software. It will let you backup your Mac and restore selected files just fine but that’s about it. Perhaps they spent most of the allocated resources for this build to enable support for Bootcamp, FileVault and Fusion Drives? Don’t get me wrong, it is excellent that they built in support for these features and there don’t seem to be many other backup programs for Mac that support all of them. However ripping out so many other options to do so is rather unacceptable to me. Maybe they’ll add them again in future updates but for now don’t expect to see many ways to customize your backup(s).
The interface for the Mac program is reminiscent of the changes made to the windows version. It might be that my entire experience was soured upon discovering that the Mac version is so limited because, unlike True Image 2015 for PC, the interface didn’t quite click with me. In fact the entire Mac version reminds me of those games that are sometimes so badly ported between systems.
It’ll do what it’s meant to and the support for Bootcamp, FileVault and Fusion Drives might still make it worth using. I’d suggest you make use of that thirty day trial and then decide for yourself.
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It is still a rock solid backup and restoration software.
Supports Bootcamp, FileVault and Fusion Drives.
Very easy to use.
The included help file seems to be just as light as the software itself.
True Image 2015 for Mac has very few options.
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