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Need help choosing upgrade from ATI2009 to ATI2021

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My Acronis account product page lists the products shown below.

I am not sure if the ATI2009 products are standalone purchases or upgrades of the ATI11 ones.

I was using one licence of ATI2009 and Disk Director on a PC which is not working since many years now.

The other licence of ATI2009 was in use until recently, when I changed SSD and operating system.

I intend to upgrade to ATI2021 (perpetual) and I have some questions:

- Are my products eligible for upgrading or must I purchase new ones?

- I have at least 2 PC I would like to install ATI2021 on, therefore I see the offer for 3 PC as the most appropriate in terms of pricing. Will I be able to use one of the upgrade licences on a new PC? Is this done by transferring an existing licence?

- If only two licences are eligible for upgrade and I purchase the upgrade for 3 PC, is there any way I can use the third upgrade?

Thank you for reading!



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Ioannis, welcome to these public User Forums.

In your Acronis Account, if you click on the panel where it shows PC and 2, this will then show you the type of license you hold, i.e. full or upgrade.

See KB 65495: How to upgrade to Acronis True Image 2021 for more information on what is allowed for the base product when upgrading, where it shows Acronis True Image 2012 and earlier versions as the last item, so either your ATI 2009 or ATI 11 should both qualify provided you hold a full license.

There is not any issue with upgrading from a license for 1 or 2 PC's to a larger number such as 3 or 5 PC's as far as I am aware!

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Steve, thank you for your thorough reply.

The ATI 11 are full licences and the ATI 2009 are upgrades.

I am going to purchase the 3 PC's licence of ATI 2021 standard version.

Can you perhaps suggest a guide of best backup practices? I have read about a scheme of an on-site, off-site and cloud combo. Unfortunately fast upload speeds are still a dream in my area, thus the choice of the standard version.


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Ioannis, see this linked Acronis article that discusses best practise for backups.

The approach that I and others take is to make regular backups using a mix of different backup destinations, i.e. my main laptop has a 500GB NVMe SSD for the OS and key user data (split into 2 partitions, C: for the OS & applications, G: for my documents, etc.  It also has a 2TB HDD that is also split into 2 partitions, D: and E: with D: used for other user data such as software installers, music etc, and E: used as an internal backup storage location.

The above laptop configuration allows me to carry a local backup storage location whenever I go away with the laptop without needing to carry a further external backup drive.

Next, I have several different USB 3 backup drives plus some older USB 2 drives for using with my backup tasks, plus I have a Synology NAS on my home network with 2 x 3TB WD drives in RAID configuration used for backup storage.

The final backup destination is the Acronis Cloud which for me is more of a last resort because my own internet speeds are relatively slow (100 Mbps upload and 10 Mbps download), plus I only have Cloud storage via the MVP program - I always only buy perpetual licenses for my own copies of ATI...!

One very important aspect of any backup strateg has to include creating and testing the Acronis Rescue Media to ensure that you understand how to use this and have it available for when or if it is needed, and that all your disk drives are accessible when using the rescue media.

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Thank you for all the information Steve.

I purchased and am in the process of installing.

May I ask if you are following a sequence of backup types?

For example: full - every month, incremental - every day, differential - every week

Do you have different plans for [OS+apps] and [Documents]?

I might be coming up with new questions every time.

Don't hesitate to ask me to stop.

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Ioannis, I do have a mix of different backup tasks with some that run daily, and others that run weekly.

I keep track of the different backup tasks using a small text document which has:

Docs to Cloud            08:00 Daily
Cloud to Cloud           08:15 Daily
Win 10 SSD Inc E         08:30 Daily
Win 10 Pro Cloud         09:00 Weekly Monday
Win 10 SSD 2020 S        09:00 Weekly Tuesday
Win 10 SSD 2020 NAS      09:00 Weekly Wednesday
SSD-DATA-G S             09:00 Weekly Thursday
DriveD NAS               09:00 Weekly Friday
DriveD S                 09:00 Weekly Saturday

The top 2 tasks are primarily of user documents, Docs & Cloud are a set of folders which are synchronised to my other PC's using my Synology Drive Client app from my NAS as well as being backed up to the Acronis Cloud, plus are included in the weekly bottom 3 tasks as the data lives on my G and D drives. 

All of my tasks run automatically by schedule and wake up the computer to run, then allow it to go back to sleep when done.

My Disk backup tasks all use the new .tibx files, so this integrates all incremental backups into a single .tibx file which should be more robust that having large numbers of incremental files separate from the full backup file for the task(s).