Acronis has launched True Image Home 2009, an updated version of its imaging and backup software for home users.

The software, which allows users to create either image-based or file-specific backups so a machine can be restored completely in the event of a hard drive crash or operating system failure, now includes a one-click protection feature. This enables a backup to be set up and started with just one click.

Other new features include Smart Scheduling, which runs backups automatically at a specific time. Acronis Secure Zone, meanwhile, saves an image of the system to a special hidden partition on the hard disk. This can be accessed when the system is being restored using Windows' System Restore rollback feature to return a faulty PC to the last known good configuration.

Acronis True Image Home 2009 also has a Try and Decide mode. This puts the PC into a test mode so the user can trial installations and changes to system settings to gauge the outcome. There is also a disk-cloning function and a full text search for tracking down specific files.

The software also incorporates Acronis Drive Cleanser, which wipes personal or organisational data from a hard drive and a file shredder feature to safely destroy files.

Acronis True Image Home 2009 is available from Amazon, priced at £39.95.