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This review is from: Acronis True Image 2016 - 3 PCs
Pros: Easy to use
fast! Only the first run takes hours; incremental updates afterwards are much quicker
Works drive to drive perfectly, whether the target is external usb, external Esata, or internal Sata
Cons: Start up screen implies you can't use the software without an Acronis cloud account
Acronis tries repeatedly to convince you to buy their cloud services
Other Thoughts: I got this to back up hard drives to hard drives. I have several computers that need backing up, so I bought the 3 license box for 79$, I considered this reasonable. The backing up was almost painless -- the software implies you cannot backup anything without an Acronis account. You can easily bypass the Acronis Cloud Login page, but it's not obvious where to click. I created the Acronis account, but I don't bother logging in when I back up the computer.
The reason Acronis implies you must have a cloud account is that they want you to back up to their cloud services. They'll even give you a free month of it. But said cloud account is 149$ for 3 computers! It's unlimited data, yes, but I can't imagine how long it would take to throw 3 x 500G UP my cable network. I also can't imagine Comcast not flipping out with its datacap nonsense. Fortunately if you are just backing up drive to drive, you don't have to use an Acronis Cloud account to run the software - just skip the Cloud login step. You'll then be able to back up drive to drive like you want to do.
The first backup takes about 4 hours to back up around 500G. But future backups will be incremental, only recording what has changed since the last backup. That takes only minutes. Be patient. It's worth the time spent.
Another worry I had was how to restore a drive in the event of failure. This is simple. You boot to the Acronis DVD in the computer, and do a RESTORE operation. This let's you restore from the backup to the new drive. This again will take hours. But this is the least painful restore I've ever encountered.
Overall I was delighted with my purchase. My only complaint is Acronis trying to sucker me into getting a Cloud subscription I don't want or need at more than double the original price on top of what I already paid. 79$ to back up 3 computers is fair. 79$ + 149$ more and having to upload for weeks, is not fair.
Pros: Improved times for everything; even if you have an older computer without SATA3
Other Thoughts: I have an older computer. I7,950 running on a ASUS Sabertooth X58. It's plenty fast for me. But what isn't fast, has been the drive. After years of accumulating software and updates to windows, booting take ages. And whenever the games go to the drive for data, the hesitation is noticable.
Note that the X58 has SATA2 ports. There are Sata3, but they go through another chip and run slower than the Sata2 ports -- not happy about that Asus... But even with the "slow" Sata2 ports, replacing the drive with this instantly turned the computer into a speed champion again. Boot times are now single digits of seconds. Access to the drive is so quick, I can no longer get a beer waiting for the world to load in. And in music production, the effects and instruments are so fast to summon you'd think they were already running.
Even those without the SATA3 ports can use this drive to supercharge their pc. This staves off the day you have to buy another monster computer. And when you do, the drive here will be even faster in the new machine as well -- no moving parts means it'll last longer as well as run faster.
Pros: Good boot times after it learns what files are read most frequently
Cons: Terrible Life expectancy -- died within 6 months
Other Thoughts: I have no idea what to do with this thing. It simply died one day. I'm praying I can recover the code I've written the past few months. I expected the drive to last far longer than this, and I have NO plans to put another hybrid in until I'm sure Seagate has their quality back to normal again.
And since I swapped the main computer drive to a hybrid, based on the 5 month success of this, I have to UNupgrade that machine as well, and soon.
Hybrid should be simple and should last as long as a regular drive. It's not even coming close. I will go back to my WD drives; they at least function.