Get Acronis True Image Home Edition 2009 for only $3.99!

Back in April I posted about an article on free alternatives to Acronis True Image and Norton Ghost. The programs I posted about are excellent programs for those who need the basic image backing up capabilities and would rather not pay for it. However there are also people out there who need more then just the basics. I suggest the latter type of people jump on this offer. For a limited a time you can get Acronis True Image Home Edition 2009 for only $3.99 (after rebate) from Newegg (this is probably a USA only offer – I don’t know)! Here is a list of features for this excellent program:

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To get Acronis True Image Home Edition 2009, visit Newegg.com and add it to your cart:

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At your cart, enter EMCLVML65 in the promo code box to get $5 off:

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After that, just checkout (you will need to use your Newegg account or sign up for one if you don’t have one). With free shipping and no tax (only some USA states have tax) you will pay a grand total of $23.99 up front. Then after you receive your Acronis True Image Home Edition 2009, fill out the $20 mail in rebate form and send it in to get $20 back. Final cost is only $3.99 for this great software.

This offer is valid until 7/24/09 as far as I know.

[via Slickdeals]

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  1. Normofthenorth

    BTW, I found the newegg listing with the $10 off, using Ashraf’s link above. (They seem to have two identical versions online, with and without the $10 discount!) Now, if only they’d mail the CD and the rebate to me in Toronto (Canada), I might upgrade from version 11.0!

    Norm

  2. Sputnik

    I own RollBack RX but I stopped from using it because you cannot do any defragmentation on your harddisk otherwise you will loose your snapshots…

    I prefer to work with Acronis True Image which is a little bit slower to backup and restore, but at least I may do defragmentation and this keep my computer doing well all the time…

  3. Normofthenorth

    Janet, you can use the file-based backup programs themselves (including Titan and no doubt GFI) to browse through the list of files that were backed up, to verify that they’re “there”. (You basically start a “restore” operation, but don’t actually restore anything.) On the other hand, the files are usually only “there” as a part of a single humongous compressed file on the backup drive, not as stand-alone files. The backup software can restore them one by one, or in groups, etc., as if they were stand-alone files, but they’re not.

    If you insist on having a backup that has as many files in it as your original HDD, you should probably stick with some version of Sync. (I just noticed that Titan has a Sync option. And it also has the option of importing a task from browsing a backup medium, which I wish I had spotted during my roll-back operation, described above!)

    Alternatively, I think 7-Zip can make a zipped backup in which each file is backed up with a ZIPped version of itself, if you insist.

    I recall doing backups years ago that ended with a Verification step. I think Windows backup did that, on request, and probably still does. I don’t see that option in Titan. Yes, I know it’s an orphan now. I’m assuming that if/when I switch programs (e.g., to GFI), my Titan backup files will become orphans — Big Deal!! :o(

    Norm

  4. Janet

    @gpc111:
    I had a look at Rollback RX…It says “RollBack Rx is designed to protect both the user and PC from accidental user errors and day-zero attacks.” Does that mean it’s at least 9 years old? Its forum has zero posts….Is this a known program?

    It also says it takes “continuous backup snapshots of your system silently in the background while using minimal system resources”, which sounds unreasonable, no? I have zero extra memory lying around and think this would very likely tax my system. Also, if you can “Revert file histories from any of the 60,000 snapshots”, that must take a heck of a lot of storage space as well….

    In short, it seems like it requires a very heavy system. I have only 256 RAM and a 20GB HD. (Allmy personal files and most of my apps are on an external HD).

  5. Janet

    @jumbi:
    Does a GFI file backup give you an actual copy of the original file set–that you can go into and look at and check and see if it really did what it was supposed to? This is one area where I can’t afford any mistakes….:-)….Or is it like Titan where you get the one file and can’t see what’s in it?

    How does Paragon Drive Copy (NOT Paragon Drive Backup!) fit in here?

  6. Mike

    Fry’s Electronics periodically has specials on utility software, including Norton software packages with its Ghost imaging product, that are free after rebate or low cost. (It recently had a package containing Norton Internet Security, Ghost and Systemworks, free after rebate; a recurring package.) At frys.com and Fry’s stores.

  7. jumbi

    Hello Janet,

    Disk Image backup and file backup are totally different approaches.
    First of all is important not to compare them at all cause they are targeted for different jobs.

    My opinion is to use both solutions, file backup for your data and disk image for your system (includes windows configuration installed programs etc).
    Disk image can cover data needs but it maybe time consuming (depends on the program). On the other hand file backup is fast when you configure it as you want (eg incremental or differential backups). GFI is great for file backup.

  8. Janet

    @Normofthenorth:

    Hi Norm,
    Are you aware that Titan no longer exists? I got rid of Titan and its old backups when Ashraf steered us to GFI which has replaced it–you should have a look at that thread if you have not already seen it….

    I’m hoping that Ashraf will eventually respond to my post here …:-)….I was waiting for him to come back from vacation, as I posted a similar post on the GFI thread, but he didn’t respond–it was just before he left, so I hope it was just that he was too busy then….He’s probably busy now too, as he has not been writing the daily GOATD reviews like he used to…He deserves some time for other things….:-)….!

  9. Normofthenorth

    It’s not showing me the “You Save $10.00″, so the best I could do is $13.99 after all rebates and discounts. Are others still seeing that $10 off, with a starting price of $28.99?

    Janet, I think many space-effective backup programs (including Acronis) leave only one (compressed) file behind. But most of them can show you what’s in it, and/or verify/compare it to the original after it’s created, without actually having to wipe out your original and restore it from backup to test it.

    What bugs me about some backup programs (Titan is one, mostly) is that (a) there’s no way to penetrate that file except by running that program, and (b) there’s no way to run that program after you “lose” the HDD you’re afraid of losing (e.g., your boot HDD). Acronis solves the “(b)” problem by letting you create a boot CD that can restore your boot HDD from a remote backup (USB, network).

    About a week ago, I had a problem with my computer, and couldn’t solve it without rolling it back to an earlier state. I had an Acronis image of my C: drive from about a month ago, and I made a Titan (file-by-file) backup of all my files in their current state, including all my e-mails, saved data files, etc. (I thought of also making a new Acronis backup, since Acronis also allows picking and choosing files to restore — but I went with the new file-based backup instead.)

    I figured I could make everything “happy” by cobbling the old image and new files together. In reality, it was trickier than I expected. After I restored the month-old image, Titan (running from the image-restored C: drive) would only show me the backups that were older than that backup — i.e., I couldn’t see my brand-new file-based backup at all!

    Also scary was the fact that 7-Zip didn’t like the Zip format that Titan uses. Fortunately, my Powerdesk 6 explorer-substitute was happy to unZip and explore those files, so I could make it work — but it was closer to a real “Oops!” than I’d expected! (It’s running fine now, thanks!)

    I’ve found that Acronis and Titan are both way faster than 7-Zip (or Sync, I think) in backing up my ~40GB C: drive to my 500GB USB 2.0 external drive. So I’m happy with that tradeoff — as long as I can restore from a recent backup!

  10. Janet

    I’m confused about backing up personal data (e.g., graphics, photos, correspondence, etc.). I’e always been nervous about backup programs because the first time I used a one, it gave me only a single proprietary file which was supposed to be my whole H: drive (=external HD with all my personal files) which I wanted a backup copy of on a second external HD (I:). I had no way of knowing what the program had in fact done, since it just leaves you the one file (proprietary or.exe)….How can you tell if it actually added all the things you added and deleted the things you deleted since the previous backup?? I was always afraid that MAYBE I wasn’t setting something right and thus maybe it wasn’t backing up what I wanted or maybe it was deleting stuff it shouldn’t be…That’s why I have been sync-ing instead. I use SwiftCompare (GOATD) because I can see the file by file comparison BEFORE it does makes any changes…and then make the actual changes bit by bit. The problem is that it takes a long time. My external H: drive, which consists of all the personal files I want to keep backed up, as well as all of my installed GOATD programs, is about 120GB. Much of it is hi-resolution photos and 2&3d graphics, which tend to be very large files. So folders take very long to load (my GRAPHICS folder is 2.5 GB), and thus I have to sync not-too-large folders rather than an entire drive or the entire Graphics folder. It’s particularly difficult sync-ing if I have changed a lot of file and folder names and moved them to different folders. I take the time to do it (as opposed to those 0ne-click backups) simply because I can check everything I will be deleting/adding first. But it sure would be easier to just press a button and know that the results will leave exactly what I have on H: copied onto I:….

    How do you know your backup is really doing what you wanted it to do??? I have GFI Backup Home Edition too (had Titan before) and don’t know which (GFI vs. Acronis or some free image program) to use for what….

    Thanks as usual–I have been wanting to ask someone about this for years….:-)….

    Janet