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Excellent product but some issues of note..
on 19 July 2010
As an all round backup and security package I have to say this beats a lot of others in the way it combines both concepts neatly and easily. First off, it was certainly easy to install without any problems and provides you with the opportunity to determine your level of input by selecting your experience level, so novices have a much nicer GUI with very obvious options, while experts are provided a much simpler interface which does indeed require you to be more knowledgeable, but rewards you with plenty of options to set up.
The backup program is excellent in comparison to some others I've used (Windows, Nero, Ashampoo etc). It was very easy to set up and provided plenty of options on how I wanted to undertake my backups. You can choose to backup partitions, operating systems, whole drives, or just a couple of files, by the usual methods, (full, incremental,etc). And there are multiple options on scheduling them as well which is great. Recovery is equally superb as it allows you to recover just one file out of a full backup rather than the whole thing.
Alongside that, there are multiple other tools such as drive deletion, copying, image mounting etc, so plenty of other useful components to use. And that's just the Image component of the program. You then also have the Security component which provides both firewall and antivirus programs which are again very easy to set up and the novice in particular has little to do other than say Ok to most questions the program asks. Everything is well laid out and easily understandable.
However, I ran into some issues with it and they were fairly frustrating at the time. If for any reason you corrupt the program, and need to uninstall it, you'll discover that won't be just as easy as installation. It tends to hold on to some (very hidden) files and keys in the registry that require you to go off to Acronis and download a removal tool, which does sort it out but that isn't something everyone's going to know to do. It seems to conflict easily with some other programs and once it runs into problems there's no easy way to fix them sometimes other than with a reinstall.
But overall, an excellent product and I've no problem recommending it for anyone who wants a good all-round package to serve on both fronts.