I am trialing TIH 2012 because I really want to like this software, but I am encountering so many problems with it right off the bat, that it's very hard to like.
For starters, right after installing TIH 2012 when I try to test the File Shredder I get this message:
"Cannot initialize Backup Archive Explorer. Please re-install Acronis True Image Home."
I tried re-installing to no avail (all A/V software was disabled during install).
Ignoring that error, I ran a Peter Gutmann shred of the Acronis installer (which was strangely satisfying). It did seem to work, but it took a lot longer than expected. I had calculated that even at a very slow average write speed of 5MB/s (which should be faster since it's mainly sequential writing that has to happen, assuming the file isn't already highly fragmented) it should take no more than 25 minutes. An hour into the scrub with the progress bar at 0% I wasn't feeling very confident. The scrub did eventually finish after 70 minutes, but clearly the progress bar does not work and the scrub process seems slow. A quick scan with Pandora recovery at least showed that it did seem to work at least.
Next I tested the System Clean-up tool and attempted to use DoD to scrub the 350GB free space in my drive. This never worked on previous Acronis versions and still appears not to work at all. The process finishes in a matter of seconds (successfully it claims), but a DoD scrub of that amount of free space should take many hours! Using Pandora Recovery I can confirm that it did in fact not scrub a thing. I am only 4% into the Pandora scan, but already have found 2,500 files and file fragments. And yes I can recover some of those files so what did the Acronis scrub do besides nothing?!?!!!