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This review is from: Acronis True Image 2016
Pros: I have been using Acronis for at least 16 years and it has saved my computer by restoring disk images after file corruptions and other catastrophes. The recovery disk has a Linux-based interface which is detailed and useful, and the recovery disk with the Windows Pre-Installation Environment (WinPE) is great because it provides a command prompt, giving you access to disk info and partitioning tools, etc. Automated backup scripts are performing better in this version than in previous versions. Well-written user manual, although they have started the process of dumbing that down (see cons).
Cons: Over the last couple of versions, the Acronis user interface has been dumbed down to the point where it becomes non-intuitive and difficult to use. Once useful features such as logs of all past backups, restores, etc, have been removed. Also removed is the ability to view in Windows your archive library, and perform cleanup functions on it such as manually selecting and deleting an old backup chain (1 full plus several incremental backups). From windows you can now only delete the entire backup task and ALL chains it created. The manual says that to delete an individual chain, you need to use the bootable LINUX rescue disk (huh?). I did that but the changes were not transmitted to the Acronis database in Windows of course, because the deletes were performed in LINUX. That causes some cryptic messages in the Windows interface. They removed or broke such useful functions as I have listed. Their future focus seems to be on helping you backup your smart phones, etc.
Other Thoughts: I am a technical-minded person, and the marketing direction of this product does not appear to have me in mind. I will be investigating ShadowProtect Desktop, a single PC version of what is commonly used in the IT industry for enterprise backup/cloning solutions.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: In certain cases or with certain cloning software versions, when cloning a non-Advanced Format HD for an older system, you may need the replacement HD to also be non-Advanced Format (i.e. physical sector size = 512 B/sector, not 1096 B/sector), even with SP1 Win7 which has been patched to recognize and work with WD Advanced Format drives. This 2.0TB Caviar Black is non-Advanced Format, is highly reliable, and it is good they are still available for this purpose.
Cons: OEM non-Advanced Format drives can be expensive.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Kingston 128GB microSDXC Flash Card Single Pack w/o Adapter Model SDCX10/128GBSP
Pros: installed in my Samsung Galaxy S5 phone, and was recognized and formatted as an internal SD card. Apps such as camera will automatically use this large storage by default. After overhead system file storage, there are 117 GB free and ready to use.
Cons: No cons so far, but early experience.READ FULL REVIEW