Acronis VS Carbonite

Dear Computer Lady,

Do you like Acronis True Image better than Carbonite?

Thanks! Liz

Dear Liz,

I have both Acronis and Carbonite installed on my computer, and I use them both on a regular basis.

I can’t really say that I like one better than the other because they don’t do exactly the same thing.

Carbonite is an online backup program that copies your important files, over the internet to their servers. This is important because your data is safe even if your computer is stolen, or destroyed.

Acronis is a local backup program. It can be configured to copy your important files to a local disk like an external USB drive. You can also create a recovery backup on either optical disks (like DVDs) or your external drive that can be used to restore the entire hard drive in case of failure.

It is easier and faster to recover your files with Acronis, but in the case of fire, theft or some other disaster, chances are your data would have been lost or destroyed along with your computer. In that case, the files on Carbonite’s servers will be there waiting for you.

I hope this helps you understand the difference between the two programs.



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Elizabeth Boston is a Web designer, Social Media Consultant and managing editor of, “Ask The Computer Lady”.
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