What is Acronis True Image 2016?
Acronis True Image is an integrated software suite that ensures the security of all of the information on your PC. It can back up your documents, photos, email, and selected partitions, and even the entire disk drive, including operating system, applications, settings, and all of your data.
Backups allow you to recover your computer system should a disaster occur, such as losing data, accidentally deleting critical files or folders, or suffering a complete hard disk crash.
Online Backup allows you to store your files and disks on Acronis Cloud. Your data will be protected even if your computer is lost, stolen, or destroyed, and your data can be entirely recovered onto a new device if needed.
- Disk backup to a local storage and to Acronis Cloud
- File backup to a local storage and to Acronis Cloud
- Rescue bootable media
- Hard disk cloning
- Data archiving
- Family data protection
- File synchronization
- Security and privacy tools
Backup and Recovery
Backup refers to the making copies of data so that these additional copies may be used to recover the original after a data loss event.
Backups are useful primarily for two purposes:
- To recover an operating system when it is corrupted or cannot start (called disaster recovery). Refer to Protecting your system for more details about protecting your computer from a disaster.
- To recover specific files and folders after they have been accidentally deleted or corrupted.
Acronis True Image does both by creating disk (or partition) images and file-level backups respectively.
Backup versions are the file or files created during each backup operation. The number of versions created is equal to the number of times the backup is executed. So, a version represents a point in time to which the system or data can be restored.
Backup versions represent full, incremental and differential backups
The backup versions are similar to file versions. The file versions concept is familiar to those who use a Windows Vista and Windows 7 feature called “Previous versions of files”. This feature allows you to restore a file as it existed on a particular date and time. A backup version allows you to recover your data in a similar way.
This operation copies the entire contents of one disk drive to another disk drive. This may be necessary, for example, when you want to clone your operating system, applications, and data to a new larger capacity disk. You can do it two ways:
- Use the Clone disk utility.
- Back up your old disk drive, and then recover it to the new one.
Backup file format
Acronis True Image usually saves backup data in the proprietary tib format using compression. The data from .tib file backups can be recovered only through Acronis True Image, in Windows or in the recovery environment.
Acronis Nonstop Backup uses a special hidden storage for data and metadata. The backed up data is compressed and split into files of about 1 GB. These files also have a proprietary format and the data they contain can be recovered only with the help of Acronis True Image.
The backup validation feature allows you to confirm that your data can be recovered. The program adds checksum values to the data blocks being backed up. During backup validation, Acronis True Image opens the backup file, recalculates the checksum values and compares those values with the stored ones. If all compared values match, the backup file is not corrupted.
For your backups to be really helpful, they must be as “up-to-date” as possible. Schedule your backups to run automatically and on a regular basis.
When you want to delete backups and backup versions you no longer need, please do it by using the tools provided by Acronis True Image. Refer to Deleting backups and backup versions for details.
Acronis True Image stores information on the backups in a metadata information database. Therefore, deleting unneeded backup files in Windows Explorer will not delete information about these backups from the database. This will result in errors when the program tries to perform operations on the backups that no longer exist.
Acronis True Image 2016 Operating Systems Supports:
- Windows 10 (all editions)
- Windows 8.1 (all editions)
- Windows 8 (all editions)
- Windows 7 SP1 (all editions)
- Windows XP SP3 (32-bit) with limitations*
- Windows Home Server 2011
- OS X El Capitan 10.11
- OS X Yosemite 10.10
- OS X Mavericks 10.9
Acronis True Image 2016 supports these mobile operating systems:
- iOS 8.x and later
- Android 4.1 and later
Acronis True Image 2016 currently does not support Windows Phone. Support is planned to be implemented in future releases.
Acronis True Image 2016 does not support Linux operating systems.
*New features of Acronis True Image 2016 (like Family Dashboard or Archiving) have not been tested on Windows XP SP3 32-bit and might not work correctly, although basic functionality fully supports this operating system.
Windows XP 64-bit is not supported