As the title states – As some of you will know I have written various posts requesting information regarding True Image 11 over the past few days having been offered and received a free upgrade from True Image 10 due to long recovery times when using a USB external Hard Drive. A number of you told me to leave well alone and stick with TI 10 due to well documented bugs with TI 11. Simply out of curiosity I have installed TI 11 on all three of my computers to see what the results were like. My latest PC is an off the shelf HP Quad Core 6600, Asus Mobo with 3 gig of RAM and two WD Blue 500 gig SATA HD’s (one is simply a slave not RAID) NVidia graphics running Vista HP. My other PC is now 5 years old but with some upgrades – MSI mobo P4 3.0 processor, ATi graphics 1.5 gig of RAM two HD’s one 250 gig the other (slave) 160 gig both IDE again running Vista HP. The final one is a Dell Inspiron Laptop two years old with ATi card and 80 gig HD – again running Vista HP. First off the newest HP PC – TI 11 installed without problems and backed up without any issues though don’t know why I get the yellow warning bar about no scheduled backups when I had scheduled one? However, the recovery was more problematic. When selecting recovery from within Windows and using my USB drive as source file i.e. not from the rescue boot disk, the Acronis Loader started up but there was no information displayed in the box about what drives were being backed up and from where. About 30 seconds later the PC reboots and goes back to Windows Desktop. I can only perform a recovery from the rescue boot disk when using USB as source. The same happened when I tried using the slave drive as source for the recovery file. The actual recovery did work and the recovery times were an improvement on TI 10 (approx 3 hours from USB and just over an hour from the slave drive) this took 17 hours in TI 10 for an 80 gig file. However, the progress bar has me baffled, the two bars don’t synch properly and the times are all over the place – e.g. both bars reading identical 18 minutes remaining, then the top bar starts creeping in front of total progress bar and the time goes up as each segment moves forward on top bar – e.g. top bar now four segments in front of total progress bar and time now increased from 18 minutes to 1hour 5 minutes. Bottom progress bar then jumps four segments and catches up, time now remaining shows 9 minutes, what on earth is going on there? Finally restore completes successfully the machine reboots and system is up and running again. However, and MudCrab please note – I dual boot with Vista and Linux and the restore has wiped away the dual boot record – I had a right faff putting that one right (I said MudCrab please note as he indicated that TI 11 was more reliable with dual booting with Vista). On my older PC TI 11 backed up and recovered without incident – the only problem being that the total progress bar and operation in progress % figure remain blank throughout so the user has no way of knowing how long the backups take. I haven’t even tried to backup or recover on the Dell as the TI 11 GUI seems very flaky indeed, struggling to analyse or lock the drive. In summing up I’m shocked and appalled that this particular version of True Image has ever been released. I am told that the latest build (which is the one I have) is much improved over the previous builds, so god only knows how bad they were. MudCrab, Mustang – I did finally get the VistaPE disk to work with TI 11 but had to build it no less than three times before it worked and even then it did seem to load very slowly? I have now reinstalled the trusty TI 10 on all three of my PC’s. It may be slow when recovering from a USB drive (and even that isn’t an issue now I have my VistaPE disk) but at least it is very stable and very reliable. Acronis – you are better than this, True Image 11 is not your finest hour.