NWA-PCUG Newsletter Article, November 2008
Announcing Acronis True Image Home 2009
By Gene Barlow, User Group Relations
Copyrighted October 2008

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Acronis just announced a significant new release of their top rated backup utility, Acronis True Image Home 2009. It is hard to understand how they could possibly improve on this excellent product, but they did it with dozens of important new features. The product may be ordered now on our secure web site at http://www.ugr.com/TrueImage.html for only $29 (as a download) or $29 plus shipping (on a CD).

Here are a few of the new features included:
New User Interface
– Acronis completely redesigned an already superior user interface. It is inspired by Windows Vista and adds usability enhancements to make Acronis True Image Home even easier to use.

One-click Protection. – Start up Acronis True Image Home after installation and the program will automatically take stock of your computer storage devices. If you have enough free space on one of hard drives or in the Acronis Secure Zone, it will offer to protect your system right away by backing up your system volume and Master Boot Record to the storage location of your choice. In addition, Acronis True Image Home can refresh the backups regularly. Just click Protect and your system will be safe from a disaster.

Archive to the popular zip format – Now you can specify file-level backup archives as zip files, one of the most popular archiving formats, in addition to Acronis’ space-saving tib files and flat file archives. You can extract zip files from backups created by Acronis True Image Home without firing up the Home product itself.

Encryption of archive data. Protect sensitive data from prying eyes. More archive location options – Save full, incremental and differential backups of a data entity (for example, a partition, disk, E-mail) almost anywhere you like. Previously, all backups belonging to the same data entity could be stored only in the same place. Now you can choose a network share, CD/DVD, Blu-ray, USB stick, FTP-server, or any local internal or external hard drive. Furthermore, you can now give meaningful names like "SystemDiskbeforeRepartitioning" to incremental and differential backups to simplify your searches.

Make reserve copies of your backups – Save them on the file system, a network drive, or a USB stick. Copies can be specified as regular (flat) files, a zip compressed file, or a tib file.

Automatic backup to a removable drive – If you have chosen a removable drive for your backups, but it is not attached when a scheduled backup time is set to occur, Acronis will automatically start the backup to that device as soon as you plug it in. To prevent unauthorized persons from backing up the data to their own devices, the software requires the removable drive to be the same one used for all previous backups.

Automatic computer shutdown after backup or restoration finishes – Launch a backup at night and walk away without bothering about turning off the computer – the program will do it for you.

Consolidate backup files – You can define rules for consolidating your archives to reduce storage space. Merge an older full backup with several incremental backups to quickly create a new full backup; subsequent backups are based on the newly-created full backup.

Automatic consolidation – Set limits on the size of backup archives, the maximum number of backups you want to keep, and the maximum amount of time archives are to be stored. Whenever any of the limits you preset is reached, Acronis will automatically combine the first full backup with the oldest incremental into one full backup dated to that incremental’s backup date. Archive integrity is unaffected. This feature can be applied to all archives Acronis manages except those stored on CD/DVDs.

Use Google Desktop and Windows Search to search for files – Use either search engine to find files through multiple archives. Type in a name or part of the name to find and restore individual files easily and quickly. File contents can be indexed as well.

Try & Decide enhanced - create a temporary, safe place on your hard disk where you can perform changes to your system that otherwise might not be advisable, such as installing new software, downloading files from the Internet, or opening e-mail attachments. If the operations are successful, you can apply those changes to the real system or discard the changes as you wish. New with Home 2009: the temporary space you create is maintained across system shutdowns and restarts.

Acronis True Image Home 2009 is available from us for only $29 (as a download) or $29 plus shipping (on a CD). This is less than the upgrade price through Acronis and you get a full new license of the product and not an upgrade license. If you order the product on a CD, you also get our Perfect Backup Approach tutorial to help you understand the best way to do backups. There is also a step by step starter’s guide for installing and using the product for the first few times. The full Acronis manual is also on the CD for your use. In addition, I try to help my customers when they have questions about True Image. You also have the normal technical support through Acronis to assist you. You can order your copy of Acronis True Image Home 2009 from us at http://www.ugr.com/TrueImage.html. Make sure you use the order code of UGTIH2009 when placing your order.

If you are a current user of Acronis True Image, then you will want to get this new release and put all of the new features to work for you. If you have not started a backup plan for your computer, then this is the best product to accomplish this important task on your computer. In either case, place your order today so that you can enjoy this new product soon. If you have any questions about this article or Acronis True Image Home 2009, please send them to support@ugr.com. I look forward to helping you if I can.

Gene Barlow
User Group Relations gene@ugr.com
PO Box 911600 http://www.ugr.com
St George, UT 84791-1600

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