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Is Acronis still best for Windows backup software?

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Is Acronis still best for Windows backup software?

I need to install backup software on a Windows 10 PC and am trying o figure out what to get. I have a lot of experience with Acronis, but am wondering if I should be looking at other options. The software needs to support incremental backups, restore from bootable USB and shouldn't impact system performance when backups aren't running.

All suggestions are appreciated.
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Macrium has always been good to me . Less forgiving mind you but , pretty accurate.
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Acronis is no longer good. Macrium Reflect is the best of the ones I've tried, although the free version has some unfortunate limitations like no encryption and no incremental backup. I tried half a dozen other options after giving up on Acronis, finding issues with all of them before settling on Macrium Reflect. The UI isn't the most intuitive, but at least it works reliably. The others were exasperating, doing things like spontaneously forgetting where they were in an incremental backup set for no apparent reason, or taking a ridiculously long time to complete a backup.
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Sounds like I should check out Macrium. I'll give the free version a try, then hope there's a sale for Black Friday for the Home edition.
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OP, check Veeam. It's one of the best out there.
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I used to use Acronis until my version was no longer compatible with Windows 109.

I've tried both Macrium and Veeam and prefer Macrium.
I think Acronis is still very good however I read a review a few years ago that it actually modifies a PC's boot record - a big no-no that caused the reviewer to not recommend it.

I do a complete image/verify with Macrium every weekend and it has worked very reliably for me.
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Macrium is the first piece of backup software I have ever purchased; I've always used free versions of everything, but was very impressed with how well it works. It does a really good job of managing backups, and when you need something? Pop into the software, pick the day you want, and it mounts the backup as a read-only drive .. then you can use Windows Explorer to go get what you want. This is the first time I've been happy with backup software, and it has saved me plenty of headaches (I work from home, so being able to go back in time to see a previous snapshot of my drive is very useful).
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Acronis was best at one point? That's news to me...
Personally I abandoned them in like the XP days.
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one more vote for macrium, used it when i got my state of the art top of the line no expense spared ismart 4100 from cc, to transfer os to 240 Gb nvme ssd
previously been using clonezilla, powerful but ui not user friendly, does a mighty fine job though
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Phils wrote: I think Acronis is still very good however I read a review a few years ago that it actually modifies a PC's boot record - a big no-no that caused the reviewer to not recommend it.
I installed Acronis once on an XP machine. After uninstalling, it left a bunch of crap on my system, including registry settings. It took work to get rid of the crap, but then my system would f up and not recognize a HDD. Avoid, unless you're running Acronis off some kind of boot media.

Old article/post, but I believe it relates to what I experienced:
"Many users of Acronis (and some other) backup software are unaware of the fact that merely installing it, even on a trial basis, completely changes the way in which your system handles ALL storage devices and volumes."
-- https://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads ... es.316447/

You know it's bad news when the software company has a special clean-up program for their crapware: https://kb.acronis.com/content/40366

I haven't touched their stuff since then, so maybe they've cleaned up their act.

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