Alternatives to Acronis

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by LenC, Jun 18, 2008.

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  1. LenC

    LenC Registered Member

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    I have been using TI9 for several years; I use it in a straightforward way and have never had any problems.

    I have a new computer and need to upgrade to TI 11 because 9 doen't recognize my hard drives. I am a little spooked by the accumulation of horor stories on this Board about TI 11.

    Any opionions as to more stable alternatives? I've been reading about Shadow Protect - it is more expensive, but well worth it if I can avoid all the problems I'm reading about on this Board. It's a little scary when knowledgable writers on this Board suggest that a user should create the recovery disk and use it exclsuively without having TI 11 running on the computer

    Thoughts?

    P.S. All I want to do is a full manual backup to an external USB drive - no interest in all the additional features advertised for TI 11.
     
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    There are quite a few people in these forums who have used Paragon Hard Drive Backup or Hard Disk manager with excellent results. Then again there are a bunch of people who really like Drive Snapshot. Acronis still is used by a lot of the people in these forums also.
     
  4. ErikAlbert

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    LenC,
    I replaced ATI9 with ShadowProtect Desktop without regrets. It never failed once after numerous backups and restores. Request the Full Evaluation, not the 30-day-trial version, otherwise you won't be able to create the Recovery CD.
    Keep in mind that the Recovery CD has a QWERTY keyboard, which is sometimes a little annoying when you have an AZERTY keyboard like me, especially special characters are different.

    The upgrade from ATI9 to ATI10 (= more bloat features) was $30, so I bought SP instead. ATI9 never failed on me regarding restoring, but restoring via ATI under Windows failed two times, it stopped suddenly and didn't continue.
    Restoring via the ATI Rescue CD was always good and I used it one year successfully.
    I had several reasons to ditch ATI, in short, I didn't like the total picture.
     
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    Hoe exactly can I do this? I went to the SP website and clicked the link on the left but it says that the full evaultion is for the corporate product and not the desktop edition.
     
  7. Peter2150

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    You ignore the warning in read and fill out the form. It is for the Desktop edition.

    Pete
     
  8. Peter2150

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    Hi LenC

    I am also in the ShadowProtect camp. I like Erik did use ATI 9, but all the stuff added later made no sense to me.

    SP is an industrial strength product and has some cool features like it's continous incrementals if useful to you.

    I have tested it extensively including HIR restores, and probably have well in excess of 500 restores. My confidence level in this product is so high I beta test it, and beta testing is always an adventure.

    Pete
     
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    Are you saying that MaxBlast (in the second link) is actually now Acronis version 10?
     
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    According to what I've been able to find on Google, yes. Also, remember that Acronis did not become Vista compatible until version 10, so Seagate would almost have to be releasing version 10.

    Acadia
     
  11. LenC

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    Sounds like Shadow Protect is the way to go. It is substantially more expensive than a TI upgrade ($80 vs. $20), but worth it if it is reliable.

    Just curious, any thoughts as to why it is so expensive? Is it because it is not linux based?

    Also, they offer 1 year of maintenance for an additional $16. What does that provide? Is that for program updates over the course of the year?
     
  12. Peter2150

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    Yes partly because of the non linux issue. They have to pay a royalty to MS for every copy. Also although great for us, it is really targeted at enterprise users.

    1 year of updates, is included but upgrades aren't, but with the maintenance fee you get anything and everything. If you are serious about imaging to protect your system, it's a good investment.

    Pete
     
  13. LenC

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    Thank you Peter - That's great advice.

    BTW, is there a message board out there somewhere specifically for Shadow Protect Users comparable to the Acronis Message Board?
     
  14. Peter2150

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    I believe this is what you are looking for.

    Pete
     
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