True Image Cloud
Get unlimited online backups – provided you have the patience
Acronis True Image Cloud offers both local and cloud-based backup in a single product. It’s simple, easy to use and set up, and smart – particularly when saving backups locally. But Acronis would prefer you pay for a costly cloud-based subscription too, with its entry level product supporting one Mac and three mobile devices, including your iPad and iPhone, with unlimited backup space.
You can choose to back up an entire hard drive or select a specific folder, then opt whether to save your backup to a local or network drive, or use the cloud storage plan. If you choose the latter, the app will detect folders from other cloud providers and offer to ignore these to shrink the backup. Still, even with these folders removed, it’s likely you’ll be backing up tens or even hundreds of gigabytes, which could take weeks to complete. Later incremental backups are quicker, but you’re better served backing up locally first.
We like the local backup system – it’s relatively fast and there’s more flexibility than using Time Machine. But despite some nifty options – like an archive function for storing large files permanently in the cloud to free up space locally – the cloud backup is slow and too expensive, even with unlimited space. You’re better off buying True Image 2016 on its own (just £34.95) and pairing it with your existing cloud provider for backing up personal data only. Nick Peers
True Image Cloud lets you back up your Mac or selected folders locally and online.