Windows 10: Windows 10 Backup Versus Acronis Backup 12

Discus and support Windows 10 Backup Versus Acronis Backup 12 in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; Windows 10 Pro 64 bit Acronis Backup 12 I am curious if there is any advantage of using a commercial backup software when we already have Windows... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by Stecyk, Sep 12, 2016.

  1. Stecyk Win User

    Windows 10 Backup Versus Acronis Backup 12


    • Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    • Acronis Backup 12

    I am curious if there is any advantage of using a commercial backup software when we already have Windows 10 Backup. I am not using sophisticated features or elaborate configurations. Instead, I want to have peace of mind knowing that I can backup my computer on a daily or weekly basis.

    I have been a long time user of Acronis True Image for Home and then more recently Acronis Backup. I am comfortable with the software and have my backups. I am wondering, though, using Windows Backup would be an equally good or better choice? Does anyone have any thoughts or reasons why one method is superior to the other?

    :)
     
    Stecyk, Sep 12, 2016
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  2. ENCmdTX Win User

    Naive user needs assistance with encrypting new Dell PC with Windows 10 Home edition and Seagate backupplus drive with hub

    Stepwise advice appreciated. Long ago I had a computer expert and a self-encrypting external backup drive but both are long gone. I am confused about using bitlocker for both encryptions versus using a third party (Acronis?) to backup the Seagate drive.
    Thank you for any simply put info.
     
    ENCmdTX, Sep 12, 2016
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  3. The app didnt start Error

    after installing windows 10 and softwares, i create a backup from windows with acronis true image

    i restore my backup with acronis true image rescue disk
     
    Mehrdad Aria, Sep 12, 2016
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  4. Steve C Win User

    Windows 10 Backup Versus Acronis Backup 12

    I hate Acronis software since an earlier version left low level disk drivers/filters installed after uninstalling Acronis backup software and these drives were very hard to remove.

    Most people on this forum use Macrium Reflect Free which is an excellent, versatile and reliable product.
     
    Steve C, Sep 12, 2016
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  5. dalchina New Member
    Hi, Windows 10 Backup and Restore has been noted to fail for apparently inexplicable reasons and is deemed relatively unreliable by a number here from experience. Please feel free to search the forum.

    A program such as Macrium Reflect (free) provides a solution which
    - is more robust
    - more reliable
    - more flexible
    - more feature rich

    If you are happy with Acronis, that's fine. The most important thing is you have the security of reliable disk images with all their advantages, and then additionally file backup if needed.
     
    dalchina, Sep 12, 2016
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  6. Mooly Win User
    I was a long time user of Acronis but finally threw in the towel at the start of the year as the latest offering was hopelessly buggy and unreliable to use.

    Windows own disk imaging is (imo) pretty good but it does have a problem with some W10 features in that they are not imaged and restored correctly. Its a minor thing but annoying if you use one of the items that isn't restored correctly (such as user created photo albums).

    Macrium I'm finding to be very good but (and no one seems to take any notice of this) has exactly the same issue as Windows own utility in that exactly the same problems are apparent in restored images. The good news is that Macrium is configurable and a simple setting change fixes the issue.

    Solved A challenge for the pro's. Can you help identify a reg key please. - Page 2 - Windows 10 Forums

    Macrium uses the same Microsoft VSS (volume shadow service) technology and so this is why both versions (at least in default state) can not correctly create and restore a W10 image.
     
    Mooly, Sep 12, 2016
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  7. Steve C Win User
    What is the 'issue'? I've restored images with no problems (I think).
     
    Steve C, Sep 12, 2016
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  8. Mooly Win User

    Windows 10 Backup Versus Acronis Backup 12

    Mooly, Sep 12, 2016
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  9. Steve C Win User
    Thanks. I don't use Photo App albums so this issue doesn't bother me so long as it's the only restore problem. Does unticking that box "exclude all VSS writers..." in the post you referenced have other consequences we should note?
     
    Steve C, Sep 12, 2016
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  10. Mooly Win User
    Mooly, Sep 12, 2016
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  11. Stecyk Win User
    Thanks for replying, Steve. I am aware that many don't like Acronis and had issues with it. I also saw in the Acronis forums that many have switched to Macrium. I switched from the Acronis True Image for Home to Backup, which seems to be better. If I continue experience further difficulties, I will consider Macrium.
     
    Stecyk, Sep 12, 2016
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  12. Stecyk Win User
    dalchina, thank you for your reply. Yes, for now, I am inclined to stick with my current solution now that you mention Windows 10 Backup and Restore has its own issues. Because I can always start from scratch by reloading the operating system and software, my main concern is my data. My operating system and software are on the C drive, while my data is on separate drives.
     
    Stecyk, Sep 12, 2016
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  13. altae Win User

    Windows 10 Backup Versus Acronis Backup 12

    For data backup there are a lot of options available (free and paid). E.g. there is PureSync (paid), Areca (free), Fastcopy (free)... And of course the renown backup solutions like Acronis, Macrium, Paragon, EaseUS... all provide data backup features. So the choice is up to you. But if you want a piece of advice: I personally would avoid Acronis. It used to be a great program but the latest versions have rendered the program unreliable and thus useless to me. Of course that's only my experience. I bet there are others out there who are perfectly satisfied with Acronis.
     
    altae, Sep 12, 2016
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  14. dalchina New Member
    System imaging means you can restore your system from an image in a tiny fraction of the time to install the OS, do all its updates, install programs, configure hardware and settings.

    The latter might take you 3 or 4 hours... minimum- for me it takes some days from scratch.

    Restoring an image can be pretty quick.
     
    dalchina, Sep 12, 2016
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  15. Stecyk Win User
    Perhaps if I were just starting backups, then I might choose a different solution. I have some tib (Acronis files) stored on hard drives from a while ago of archived stuff. So far, Acronis is meeting my needs. I appreciate your advice, however.
     
    Stecyk, Sep 12, 2016
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