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Acronis True Image Wishlist

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Dear Community,

This thread is dedicated to the question regarding what you would like to see added or changed in Acronis True Image.

All the comments will be forwarded to the Development team directly, so rest assured your opinion will be taken under consideration.

Thank you!

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There should be Bitlocker support for locked disks in the recovery media. This should apply to both cloning and backup/recovery. It just means that when a disk is locked the sector by sector method should be used. As it is now, TI refuses to clone or backup a Bitlocker locked disk even if the sector by sector backup method is selected. Now there is no sector by sector cloning option. There should be.

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Mustang wrote:

There should be Bitlocker support for locked disks in the recovery media. This should apply to both cloning and backup/recovery. It just means that when a disk is locked the sector by sector method should be used. As it is now, TI refuses to clone or backup a Bitlocker locked disk even if the sector by sector backup method is selected. Now there is no sector by sector cloning option. There should be.

+1 from me - adds on to the bilocker support in the WinPE I recommended earlier too. 

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+1 from me too, plus would like to see support for Powershell scripting with BitLocker included too so as to help users automate locking / unlocking via Powershell.  This can be done fairly easily as documented at webpage: WinPE Bitlocker with Powershell - which I have used to do this with the MVP Custom WinPE media.

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+1 for Bitlocker support from me as well.  +1 for Powershell support as Steve mentions too!

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I'd like to see Acronis migrate away from the Linux media and the bootloader modification when tasks such as cloning, that require a reboot, are needed.  Now that ATI is capable of using the system WinRE.wim or WinPE.wim, it would be safer if it would create a localized boot.wim and put somewhere accessible (and standard) such as a new hidden folder on the root of the OS drive, or in programdata, or something like that.  Then, when the system needs to be rebooted to perform an action, boot straight to that boot.wim file without actually modifying the Windows bootloader. 

1) this could be much safer for ensuring the stability of machines booting when this occurs

2) this would allow for a higher success rate of the reboot and launching the recovery environment where WinRE drivers would already be applied and IRST drivers for PCIe NVME drives in RAID mode would be available too.

 

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+1 for the above suggestion

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Steve Smith wrote:

I seem to recall that making changes to the backup scheme used to force creation of a new chain.  Is that still the case?  If so, a way to force a new chain now might be to change the defined number if incr / diff backups, then change it back.

Patrick, I believe you would need to change the type of backup scheme to force a new full version, i.e. change from incremental to full or single version scheme, let it create the full version, then revert back to what you had previously.

I recently added a pre-command to one of my tasks and that triggered a full backup on the next run. Not sure whether that is a bug or a kludgy feature.

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Seconding Steve's comments about the scheduler and log viewer.

I'd like to see a schedule option for executing a task as soon as possible after its scheduled run is missed. Currently this is the default, but it would be useful to disable it as it can be annoying when waking my PC to have all my backup tasks running one after the other if their previous runs were missed.

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Alastair Swan wrote:

I'd like to see a schedule option for executing a task as soon as possible after its scheduled run is missed. Currently this is the default, but it would be useful to disable it as it can be annoying when waking my PC to have all my backup tasks running one after the other if their previous runs were missed.

I don't know if this is intended behavior or a bug, but ATI does not seem to treat a missed execution due to sleep as a missed execution.  It doesn't invoke the missed execution delay timer at all; it just starts the execution.  I assume that is because the scheduler does not go through initialization when the computer wakes.  It just resumes its normal activity.

Yes, it can be very annoying to have multiple backups queued up when you wake up your computer - especially if you really want to take a different backup right away.

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When I look at the list of backups, there is no way to tell which ones are scheduled to run at some point and which ones have no schedule set. I have to click through each one individually and look at the information at the bottom of the window where it says "Next backup:"

I would like to see something in the backup list itself indicating which backups have schedules set.

Say for instance, a little clock above the check-mark in the green circle on the disk-drive icon.

Perhaps better even still would be a third line in the backup name/path list so each entry reads like:

 

backup name  (this is already there)

full backup path  (this is already there)

next backup time:  (this would be added to each entry)

 

Either method would let me know at a glance which ones have schedules set. Wouldn't that be nice?! 

 

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Rob, I believe that Roger is aware of the way shown in your screen shot but is asking for a consolidated list showing scheduled tasks (as we had in older versions of ATI where we had a calendar type view), or else an indication on the left task name panel that a task is scheduled by the presence of a clock type icon, rather than having to check every individual task one by one.

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TI2020 needs to properly support Windows 10 Modern Standby instead of "half working by accident of earlier design choices" as discussed here: https://forum.acronis.com/comment/497667#comment-497667

  • All current Acronis FAQs and KB articles on running tasks in standby are wrong for Modern Standby systems - Wake Timers are disabled on Modern Standby systems and cannot be enabled. As a result the "wake the sleeping/hibernating computer" will not show in True Image on such systems.
  • The option to "Allow Wake Timers" does not appear in the power plan of Modern Standby systems and, although it can be forced to appear by a commonly available registry hack online, the wake timers still do not work. It does, however, fool True Image into displaying the "wake the sleeping/hibernating computer" tick box and trying to use them!
  • Currently most simple backups (those that do not require Windows credentials) will ALWAYS run on Modern Standby systems while in Modern Standby mode (without needing Wake Timers). For many this will be as desired, but unlike on S3 systems, there is no way to choose not to "wake the sleeping/hibernating computer" even when on battery and not plugged in. This could have a serious impact on especially battery life.
  • Other backups (those that require Windows Credentials such as those using pre/post tasks) will only run when the user whose Windows credentials are being used is not logged onto the system. When the user is logged on the Windows 10 Desktop Activity Moderator (DAM), part of the Modern Standby system, will suspend the backup task when it tries to run and it will not restart until the system wakes and the user has entered his password/PIN to continue using the computer. This can be very confusing to the user and can lead to crucial backups being missed, just because the user did not logout before the computer entered sleep

Edit: Looks like this is even harder than laid out above! At the time of posting The Dell XPS I was using for testing would enter the "Resilency Phase" of Modern Standby but would not enter DRIPS. After the latest Windows Update it now enters DRIPS, which on Dell laptops and some others, suspends the network adaptors ("Standby (S0 Low Power Idle) Network Disconnected"). Now, although it is possible to force the Acronis tasks to run under Session-0 backups to a network connected server fail due to no network connection! It seems we really do need Acronis to get on this and add proper Modern Standby support!

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Thanks guys great thread to read

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How about - better file detection - such that if a file is just renamed.. TI does not take whole new backup of file in an incremental backup. I just renamed 4 files totalling  45GB, and it backed them all up!!!

I don't know how OneDrive does it - but it detected just name change and synced instantly.

Just a thought :)

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OneDrrive is file bases whereas ATI works on sectors; if anything in a sector is changed, the entire sector has to be backed up. ATI apparently is not concerned with the nature of the change, just that it has taken place. The approach taken by ATI is I suspect more robust.

Not sure if this thread is still being monitored by Acronis - the beta of ATI 2020 is imminent - we now have the beta forum in place but not fully functional.

Ian

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I would like to be able to perform off-line compression of TI (full) backup files.
I am currently using TI 2019.
Old knowledge base?

16791: Archive Compression in Acronis Products
. . .
Backup type     Compression library used
Disk and partition backup: Normal compression rate     Acronis compression algorithm
Disk and partition backup: other compression rates     zlib
File and folder backup     zlib

Sometimes it is faster to backup without compression? Sometimes it is faster to backup with minimal compression?

My usual method is Full Disk and partition backup with minimal compression. I hope that is the fastest method.

Thanks,
Steven

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Jon Gardner wrote:

TI2020 needs to properly support Windows 10 Modern Standby instead of "half working by accident of earlier design choices" as discussed here: https://forum.acronis.com/comment/497667#comment-49766

Hi Jon!  I've registered this feature request (internal ID for ref TI-166580 Support Modern Standby S0 energy-saving mode) Thank you!

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Yoji wrote:

How about - better file detection - such that if a file is just renamed.. TI does not take whole new backup of file in an incremental backup. I just renamed 4 files totalling  45GB, and it backed them all up!!!

Thank you for sharing your feedback, Yoji! As far as I know, it's not planned to change the current mechanism of backing up changed data.. As Ian correctly pointed out we're working on a block-level and if at least one block has been changed the whole file will be included in the incremental backup

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Roger Bingham wrote:

When I look at the list of backups, there is no way to tell which ones are scheduled to run at some point and which ones have no schedule set. I have to click through each one individually and look at the information at the bottom of the window where it says "Next backup:"

Roger, thank you for sharing your feedback! Added it to the existing feature request TI-23749 Show details of all plans in a consolidated view

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Ekaterina wrote:
Jon Gardner wrote:

TI2020 needs to properly support Windows 10 Modern Standby instead of "half working by accident of earlier design choices" as discussed here: https://forum.acronis.com/comment/497667#comment-49766

Hi Jon!  I've registered this feature request (internal ID for ref TI-166580 Support Modern Standby S0 energy-saving mode) Thank you!

Thank you Ekaterina ,

Fingers crossed :).

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Everytime you enter the Recovery tab (and other places) I have to rearrange this part (see image), and the right columns if they need adjustment. Super annoying and unprofessional. Columns should be autosized and the left side should remember size.

Using my PC on a 4k TV, with "Scale and Layout" set to 200 DPI  in Win10, FYI 😁

 

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+1 for this being annoying and should be easily fixed