Summary: I have used this to move files from machine to backup and then to different computers and all kinds of stuff. I use a different encryption program so I can't comment on that.
Pros: Have used this over several upgrades, several years and have not been let down. My best experience was when I bought a 60 G SSD and transferred my existing operating system, drivers, and programs to it from a much larger drive after I made sure they would fit the new size. I really didn't expect this clone was going to work. It was perfect and fast! I also like being to open archives to view the files inside without reloading them. AND all this for inexpensive price.
Summary: Person who said they lost their hard drive and then could not load it onto the new system disk must not have noticed the 'warning message' at the bottom of the window notifying him the license was already used.
Pros: This is the only 'home' / 'small business' (non-enterprise $$$$$) back-up software I have found which will back-up dynamic disks.
Pros: Both programs are awesome. This version is much Version 2013 is solid as a rock compared to previous versions and now truly supports Blu-ray disks. I love it because I can now image my partitions to optical media (Blu-ray). It is very stable and fast. I have used other programs, but it seems that I always return to this program.
Cons: None with this version. Previous versions were unstable.
Summary: I purchased a Seagate 2TB HDD that I wanted to use for storage space and a 320GB Seagate HDD was being used as the HDD with Windows 7 on it. The 320 GB HD blew and I could only use the 2TB HDD to do a image restore. I wanted to have Win 7 back on a smaller drive but Windows backup program wouldn't let me restore on a smaller drive. Acronis let me restore my OS on another 320GB drive from the 2TB with no issues. That's why I gave it 5 eggs you see.
Summary: I've used Acronis True Image for nearly 10 years, and it has gotten better and more reliable with each new version. So far, with TI 2013, I've had no issues at all. I find that this is all I need for backups, other than offsite (I make daily backups of my data files to Skydrive.
Pros: Works reliably and automatically, making an incremental image backup of my Win8 desktop over the network everyday. I can restore any day's image or individual files easily. After a backup, TI e-mails a status report to me so I know if there has been a problem.
Cons: None that I've seen. New versions of True Image must be activated to a single PC, whereas in earlier versions, I could use it on any and all PC's in my home.
Summary: I use Windows very little--almost exclusively to play games--so I have never been too protective of the data stored on my Windows drive. Nevertheless, I had an Intel RAID-1 volume as my C: drive. That's the volume Acronis was backing up. As many of you probably know, even switching your SATA controller from AHCI to RAID mode (with or without an actual multi-disk array), or back again, will generally cause Windows to gag, unless you perform some registry incantations,...
Pros: + Sensible (if not perfect) user interface.
Cons: - I have not tested every aspect of this software, but everything has worked really well for me so far.
Summary: Prior versions of True Image work fine with Windows 8 as long as you stick with MBR. When you launch True Image it acquires system drive information. Older versions crash if you have a GPT partitioned drive on your system. If you plan on using GPT you'lll want to upgrade to 2013.
Pros: 2013 now supports GPT as well as MBR Partitions (GPT is a more efficient disk partitioning scheme for larger drives). Works fine with windows 8.
Summary: I have, through experience, that drives controlled by Internet Suite Softwares and continuous back-up suites like Carbonite, etc. have a tendency to reject Acronis and other back-up softwares because of their different ways of controlling the drive. Once these other drive control schemes are unloaded/removed Acronis works as advertised! That's the way it is!
Pros: It does what I want it to do, when I want it to do it on properly set-up drives.
Cons: I can't find any . . .I've been using Acronis True Image for well in excess of 6 years and find it quite useful (on the bench and off)!