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Acronis True Image for Mac 2018 build 10440

Take a drive image of your Mac

by Nick Peers

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License: Trial Software
Operating Systems: Mac OS X
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OS X 10.9.5 (Mavericks) or later

Languages: English
Software Cost: $19.95 (Mac)
Date Updated: 23 November 2017
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Acronis True Image for Mac 2018
Back up to local, network or cloud storage with Acronis True Image.

There are two types of backup: file-based, and image-based. Apple’s own Time Machine does a good job of blending the two together, giving you both the ability to roll back individual files as well as your entire Mac should the need arise,  but it does swallow up disk space at an alarming rate.

Acronis is well known in the Windows sphere for its True Image drive-imaging tool, and this is its attempt to crack the Mac market. Its main selling points are its versatility and simplicity. It’s versatile in supporting both local and cloud-based backups, with support for any network attached drive, not just those specifically engineered to work with Time Machine.

It also supports backing up to the cloud, and comes with a 3TB 'unlimited' 30 day cloud trial. Thereafter you’ll have to pay – quite a whack, with prices starting from $99 a year for the 3TB space, with backup support for one computer, which is more than enough for most Mac installations.

Acronis True Image is designed with simplicity in mind too: once installed, launch the app and click Free Trial. You'll need an Acronis account to obtain your 'unlimited' cloud store storage space with Acronis’ online backup service, although you are still able to back to a network or otehr local drive.

Now you’ll be prompted to click to select a backup source – typically your Mac install drive, but Acronis can also back up any recognisable drive attached to your Mac. One thing Acronis can’t work with is Bootcamp, which will be a deal-breaker for those who’ve set up their Mac to run OS X and Windows side-by-side. It won’t even let you simply back up your Mac partitions either.

If this doesn’t end your interest, you can then click to select your destination – Acronis Cloud is prominently displayed at the top, but any external drives are also accessible with a single click. Alternatively, click Choose Other Location… to pick a specific folder or locate a network drive.

Next, click Settings, which lets you choose a schedule for regularly updating your backup and – if necessary – encrypting the backup with a password for security reasons. Then click Start Backup and let it do its work.

Local backups are stored in the proprietary .tib format, which are compressed and require True Image itself to browse and restore (either individual files or the entire image). Cloud-based backups are backed up on a per-file basis.

Up to 10 backups are kept at a time – when you make the eleventh backup, the oldest is deleted. Change the backup location to preserve these older backups. Finally, make sure you create backup rescue media using a blank 4GB USB flash drive when prompted – this will allow you to restore your drive image even when your Mac isn’t bootable.

What's new in build 10440 (see the release notes for more)?

- An ability to buy licenses via the in-product store.
- Recovery of an APFS-based system can be done without using additional scripts.
- A new Nonstop schedule setting for file-level cloud backups.
- A new calendar-based retention policy for nonstop backups to the cloud.
- Information about recovery operations was added to the Activity tab.
- Improved the statistics diagram on the Backup tab.
- A link to the Online Dashboard was added to the Account tab.
- In-product notifications about license conflicts were implemented.
- Reworked error messages for the cases when a backup destination is not available.
- The ability to re-scan a QR code to reconnect mobile devices to a computer.
- A new default setting to prevent a computer from sleeping during mobile backup.
- The ability to view backup comments under bootable media.
- Bug fixes and other improvements.

Verdict:

It's a competent enough tool, but there's nothing here to make Acronis' first foray into the Mac imaging market stand out from the crowd.

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