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Acronis True Image Unlimited Review

About Acronis
Do you know that Acronis is founded in Singapore in 2002 and they moved their HQ back to Singapore just last year?

Acronis was founded by Serguei Beloussov, Ilya Zubarev, and Max Tsyplyaev as a separate business unit within SWsoft and in 2003, Acronis was spun off as a separate company. Just a FYI, SWsoft is the parent company of Parallels, Inc (source: Wikipedia [1]).

The current CEO of Acronis is Serguei Beloussov from Russia and he has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.


Acronis True Image
At first, I was very skeptical about Acronis backup software also known as Acronis True Image [2] because why would I need to pay for a backup software when I already got Time Machine for Mac or Windows Backup for Windows and both of them are available for free.

So I was given an Acronis True Image Unlimited for PC and Mac for two years to try. What sold me was the idea of cloud backup of your entire computer and you can access any files of your computer anytime and anywhere on your mobile phone without the need to switch on your computer. Think of it as Dropbox of your entire computer without the syncing part. It works for both PC and Mac.

Of course, you can restore your backup as a full system restore or you can choose only the files or folders you want to get back without having to restore your entire system. For PC, it keeps up to 20 revisions of backup whereas for Mac, it keeps up to 10.

Acronis True Image 2015 - Home [3]
Acronis True Image 2015 – Home

Acronis True Image 2015 - Settings - Optimize Backup [4]
Acronis True Image 2015 – Settings – Optimize Backup

Features

Prices
There is currently a promotion on Acronis’s website which gives you 20% off. The prices below are after discount.

Plans Computer(s) Prices (US$) Prices (S$)
Acronis True Image 2015 for PC (New) 1 US$49.99 S$68
Acronis True Image 2015 for PC (Upgrade) 1 US$29.99 S$41
Acronis True Image 2015 for PC (New) 3 US$63.99 S$87
Acronis True Image 2015 for PC (Upgrade) 3 US$47.99 S$65
Acronis True Image 2015 for Mac (New) 1 US$49.99 S$68
Acronis True Image 2015 for Mac (Upgrade) 1 N/A N/A
Acronis True Image 2015 for Mac (New) 3 US$63.99 S$87
Acronis True Image 2015 for Mac (Upgrade) 3 US$47.99 S$65
Acronis True Image 2015 for PC and Mac (New) 3 US$63.99 S$87
Acronis True Image 2015 for PC and Mac (Upgrade) 3 US$47.99 S$66
Acronis True Image Unlimited for PC and Mac (New) 1 US$99.99/year S$136/year
Acronis True Image Unlimited for PC and Mac (Upgrade) 1 US$69.99/year S$95/year
Acronis True Image Unlimited for PC and Mac (New) 3 US$169.99/year S$231/year
Acronis True Image Unlimited for PC and Mac (Upgrade) 3 US$129.99/year S$177/year

Acronis True Image 2015 for PC, Acronis True Image 2015 for Mac and Acronis True Image 2015 for PC & Mac is a software and hence they are non-recurring payment (one-time payment) and it does not include access to Acronis Cloud. Access to Acronis Cloud cost you an additional US$49.99/year (S$68/year) for 250GB, US$99.99/year (S$136/year) for 500GB and US$189.99/year (S$258/year).

Acronis True Image 2015 - Settings - Acronis Cloud Signed In [5]
Acronis True Image 2015 – Settings – Acronis Cloud Signed In

Acronis True Image 2015 - Settings - Acronis Cloud [6]
Acronis True Image 2015 – Settings – Acronis Cloud

If you add it up, the pricing for Acronis True Image 2015 software and Acronis Cloud is pretty absurd and hence that is where the new Acronis True Image Unlimited for PC and Mac comes in.

The Acronis True Image Unlimited for PC and Mac is basically a subscription model, for one computer subscription that cost you US$99/year (S$136/year), it gives you unlimited backup to Acronis Cloud. Of course you still can use it to backup to physical media such as USB 3.0 hard drives.

Acronis True Image 2015 - Settings - Schedule [7]
Acronis True Image 2015 – Settings – Schedule

Acronis True Image 2015 - Settings - Encryption [8]
Acronis True Image 2015 – Settings – Encryption

Acronis True Image 2015 - Settings - Exclusions [9]
Acronis True Image 2015 – Settings – Exclusions

Data Centers
Acronis have data centers in Germany, France, Japan, Russia, United States and Singapore, so under Settings -> Advanced -> Data center location, you can tell Acronis True Image which data center to use to backup your computer.

Acronis True Image 2015 - Settings - Advanced [10]
Acronis True Image 2015 – Settings – Advanced

I am living in Singapore and hence I chose the data center located in Singapore. The upload speed from my wired iMac to Acronis Cloud averages about 30MB/s on my StarHub 300Mbps Fiber Internet connection. I am very impressed with the speed. For 465GB, it took about 5 hours to backup to Acronis Cloud.

Acronis True Image 2015 - Settings - Backing Up [11]
Acronis True Image 2015 – Settings – Backing Up

Acronis True Image 2015 - Settings - Back Up Done [12]
Acronis True Image 2015 – Settings – Back Up Done

You can also create backups in more than one data center. For example, if you travel to the US often but living in Singapore, you can create another backup to the US data center. This is in case if your computer fails when you are in the US, you can choose to restore your backup from the US data center rather than your backup in the Singapore data center. This will save you lots of time.

Mobile App
To access any files of your backed up computer in Acronis Cloud, you will need the free Acronis True Image mobile app. It is available on App Store [13] and Google Play [14]. It is a bit of an eye sore that the iOS app is not yet iPhone 6/6 Plus optimized.

Acronis True Image - iOS App - Settings [15]Acronis True Image - iOS App - Cloud [16]
Acronis True Image – iOS App

Acronis True Image - iOS App - My Mac [17]Acronis True Image - iOS App - Documents [18]
Acronis True Image – iOS App

Web Interface
You can also use the web interface under your Acronis profile to browse the contents of your backed up computer. It took me a while to find the URL because it differs from data center to data center.

Login to your Acronis’s Profile [19]. After logging in, on the left menu, under “Cloud Backup”, choose “For Home”. After you navigated to that page, click “Recover My Data Now [20]” and you should be redirected to the web interface for you to browser the contents of your backed up computer.

I choose my data center to be Singapore and hence my Acronis Cloud URL is https://cloud-wr-sg1.acronis.com [21].

Here are the remaining direct links to Acronis cloud depending on your data center location.

I wish Acronis will have a more generic URL like cloud.acronis.com or something.

Acronis True Image 2015 - Web Interface - Acronis Cloud Home [28]
Acronis True Image 2015 – Web Interface – Acronis Cloud Home

Acronis True Image 2015 - Web Interface - Files [29]
Acronis True Image 2015 – Web Interface – Files

Acronis True Image 2015 - Web Interface - My Mac [30]
Acronis True Image 2015 – Web Interface – My Mac

Acronis True Image 2015 - Web Interface - Documents [31]
Acronis True Image 2015 – Web Interface – Documents

Summary
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Acronis True Image Unlimited is not for everyone because everyone will have a different use case. Personally, I thought it would be pretty cool to access all your files in your computer anytime and anywhere even if your computer is switched off and hence I decided to share this post with you all.