The problem a user describes in the text below is the kind of thing ATI needs to overcome to be a star product. It's a report from a user of ATI2012"
"I had my machine off for several days while I moved. When it started up, ATI wanted to do all the missed backups (I indeed had it set that way) but didn't need all those identical backups. So I cancelled the backup (for my "c" drive backup), and figured I would just let ATI backup according to schedule. Except that after the cancellation, all further scheduled backups stopped (which I did not realize for two weeks). So I ran it manually hoping that would restart things. But validation said it was corrupted. And scheduled backups won't run with such a condition. I went through this backup merry-go-round several times with the same result (each time, the validation ties up all my 12 GB of memory for about 20 minutes making the machine pretty much unusable). Meanwhile the interface started showing new backup templates (or tasks or whatever you want to call them) in the list. And ATI wasn't deleting old backups ... and it was all getting quite messed up. I manually deleted unwanted backup templates (tasks), also deleted unwanted validation-failed backups. Everything was getting more messed up. ATI was mixed up.
I spent a couple of hours looking at alternative programs. Almost pulled the trigger on a couple of them. Finally ATI successfully ran my main backup with a good validation - so now it will run on schedule (I can hope can't I?). Of course I'll have to babysit my backup directory until the automatic delete process catches up.
All I want is dead reliable full backup that will run on schedule. I'll even manage the backup directory manually. I have pretty much had to do that with ATI anyway - I even once turned off the autodelete feature for about a year or so - figuring that was less time consuming to manage the backup directory manually. At least when I manage it manually, I know exactly what's going on, and I don't randomly discover that nothing has been backed up for weeks (unbeknownst to me)."
I quit running the more recent versions of ATI on a schedule. So I ask, can anyone attest that ATI2013 or 2014 performs better on scheduing and managing backups or is something like chain2gen still necessary?