August 28, 2006
by Miles Cheatham
BJorn3D web site
Acronis True Image 9.1 Workstation
I'll have to admit that when presented with the option of moving from the Acronis True Image Home product to the corporate True Image Workstation version, I was a bit skeptical. My skepticism was not from a point of doubt or mistrust for the corporate level product, but more from the standpoint of leaving a product that I have used consistently on a weekly or greater basis for over 3 years. I was leaving my "Safety Zone" and was worried about the new product's learning curve! After playing with the Acronis True Image Workstation version 9.1 for about 20-30 minutes, my fears were sent fleeting. I felt like the best friend that I had known for a number of years had returned with a makeover and was even more spirited than ever.
I have used almost every backup and imaging product on the market both at home and in the corporate environment in which I work, and there's no doubt in my mind that this product is the absolute best money can buy. In this review I opted not to go into the more simplistic features like backup and restore which are so simple a forth grader could easily use them, yet they are powerful enough to take on any challenge one might imagine. I chose instead to center more on the differences or should I say advances between the corporate and the home product.
I realize that after using a product of this type for as long as I have I may have developed a certain degree of bias. In doing this review I tried everything possible to put that bias aside and show as my objectivity as my reviewer persona would allow. That being said, I can heartily recommend this product to anyone from the advance home or home office user to the corporate IT mogul who wants the best imaging product currently available. Acronis True Image Workstation currently retails for a price of $79.95, with the option Universal Restore product costing an extra $29.95. For security and peace of mind this product provides I would say this is a very cheap price to pay. These products are about as close to perfect as I have yet to encounter in the software market!
I would like to sincerely thank Stephen Lawton, Senior Director, Strategic Marketing with Acronis, for giving me the opportunity to not only review but personally use this marvelous product. I would also like to give accolades to Acronis Support, which over the years has proven to me that they are very customer centered and focused. Should a bug or problem of any magnitude arise with this software, it was almost always fixed with the next product upgrade, which is very often given to a product of this type. Every time I feel they've reached a pinnacle when it comes to features I'm totally proven wrong, excellent work, I'd say!
+ Ease of operation
+ Strength of performance
+ Highly feature laden
+ Active Restore
+ Universal Restore
+ Speed of operation
+ Startup Recovery Manager
+ Images completely in Windows
The price may seem a bit high for the home user
9.5 out of 10 and the Bjorn3D Golden Bear Award.