Acronis Disk Director Suite 10
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- Comprehensive workstation partition and disk-management suite
- Includes Partition Manager, Boot Manager, Partition Recovery, and Disk Editor
- Reorganize PC for better performance and data protection
- New split, merge, and explore partitions; auto operating system detection
- Boot from CD/DVD or from an additional hard-disk drive; view logs
- Platform: Windows 98 / Me / NT / 2000 / XP
- Media: CD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
Avoid putting off the task of repartitioning your hard disk drive because of the time consuming task of reinstalling operating systems, applications and the recovery of data. Now with Disk Director Suite you can easily separate system data from personal documents and increases PC performance and data safety! Easily recover any inadvertently deleted partitions or edit hard disk drives!
From the Manufacturer
Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.0 is a comprehensive workstation partition and disk-management suite that combines a number of previous Acronis products into one solution:
- Acronis Partition Manager allows you to resize, move, copy, split, and merge partitions without losing your data
- Acronis Boot Manager is a multi-boot software utility that allows you to install multiple operating systems on your PC
- Acronis Partition Recovery allows you to recover accidentally lost or deleted partitions
- Acronis Disk Editor is a disk-drive repair tool that allows you to perform advanced operations on your hard-disk drive, such as restoration of boot records and hexadecimal editing
- Create individual partitions for your system and your data using Acronis Disk Director Suite.
- Image your system partition using Acronis True Image only before applying system changes, such as installing new software and the like.
- And make scheduled data backups from your data partition by selecting specific files you need to backup.
- Thus, using the combination of two great Acronis products you will always have an image of your system and backup of your data. This will greatly save you time and reduce your storage requirements.
- New! Split partitions--split one partition into two and leave your data intact
- New! Merge partitions--merge two partitions into one and leave your data untouched, even if file systems on the partitions are different
- New! Explore partitions--Windows-like explorer interface to view partition data before performing partitioning operations
- New! Boot from an additional hard disk drive--select the hard-disk drive you want to boot from
- New! Boot from CD/DVD--insert a bootable CD/DVD, and it will automatically be detected and displayed as a boot option by Acronis OS Selector
- New! Automatic operating system detection--detect operating systems that became unbootable due to some accidental reasons with the Acronis OS Selector detection tool
Top Customer Reviews
I was accustomed to Partition Magic and this certainly gave me the look, feel and control that I was after. Being a recent own of the software, I haven't explored all the features that it offers. It does ask you in the beginning if you want to automate the process or have manual control. I personally like the manual control. I like to see where my information is going.
One other thing that I noticed about it was the way it locks the partition down for transfer. It secures the partition so nothing can be added or deleted until it has finished; but...you do have access to the other partitions while the program is chugging away. Providing you are not coping the partition that your operation system is on, you can go ahead with business as normal. It does reboot into DOS mode if you start changing partition letter. That's acceptable.
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Aside from the hardware problems, it plain destroyed partitions and corrupts MBRs. I'll give you some examples. Resize NTFS cluster sizes renders Windows completely unbootable and corrupted. Changing drive letters renders the system unbootable. Setting a partition active corrupts the drive. Performing operations on an external USB drive completely corrupted the drive, and I couldn't fix with any other DOS/Windows utilities that I had. I had to fix it on my Mac! Note that you cannot clone a drive or partition. You can only copy a partition which assigns the wrong drive letter and as noted above you cannot correct without losing all the data. Many operations require multiple reboots for each step involved and some steps fail/crash. Sometimes, it would set the wrong partition active. Finally, copying partitions from one drive to another failed inexplicably and crashed about 1/2 the time. The only operations I was consistently successful at were trivial operations like partition resizes which Vista does natively anyway. Operations that I could do in their "demo" (it is NOT a trial) are fake. They could not be performed using the real software which was the latest version. Please note that my system is otherwise stable and all the native Vista disk utilities/operations work flawlessly. I have used disk utilities like Partition Magic, Norton Ghost, Drive Image, etc., for decades so I am not a newbie.
The final reason for 1 star (zero if I could ), I purchased this direct from Acronis via Digital River. Their support is horrible (basically auto-replies) if they ever respond. Despite having a 30-day money back guarantee, you will never see your money again. This product sets new lows in the already shaky computer hardware/software industry.
>> E000101F4: Acronis Disk Director Suite has detected unsupported hard
>> disk Drives. Acronis Disk Director Suite does not support Windows
>> Dynamic Disks, EZ-Drives, etc.
Reply from Acronis support follows:
First of all we recommend you to download and install the latest build (2160) of Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.0 available at [...] and test it.
> Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.0 supports RAID arrays. You can perform all available operations with partitions located on RAID volumes without any special precautions. Please note that Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.0 does not support Windows LDM (dynamic disks).
> Download the latest SnapAPI archive file from [...]
> Unpack the archive and install the unpacked MSI package and check if that fixes the problem.
> If the issue remains we need some additional information.
> 1) Could you please download Acronis Report utility available at [...] and run it, create a report and send it to us? Please compress the Acronis Report output file into an archive (e.g. with WinZip) and attach to your message by browsing for the archive. This would provide us with detailed information on the hard disk partition structure.
My hard disk is as simple as it gets, a brand new HP/Media Center and another one running plain XP.
None of their suggestions worked and ultimately I gave up on it as I had to restore after each try.
We downloaded the program, we didn't buy it in a package, so the first thing we wanted to do was print the User's Guide. It didn't work, so we had to download the User's Guide separately from their web site. Strike One. We ran the program from within Windows, and it's really simple to understand, even in manual (non-automatic) mode. We ran through the process of splitting the drive initially into 2 partitions with some data in each; it was very simple, and after about 30 minutes, it SAID we were finished and that the disk was now 2 partitions. EXCEPT the disk was really still in exactly the same state as when we started: one partition of 111GB. Strike Two! So, we ran the program from the boot disk we had made earlier. The interface seems to be the same as with Windows, and we began the process of splitting the drive into 2 partitions. Unfortunately, when we got to the part where we told it how big to make each partition, instead of doing that, it went back to the screen where you choose what job you want to do (split, resize, merge, etc). So we tried again, choosing different sizes for the 2 partitions we wanted. Again, it went back to the aforementioned screen. No error message, no indication of any problem, it just didn't do what it was supposed to. Strike Three! Finally, I decided to try the resize function. We had 70GB of data on the drive, so I was able to resize the partition to 71GB, leaving 40gb unallocated, then used Windows control panel to create a 40GB partition. Then we went thru a similar operation to create a third partition. Disk Director may be able to do a lot of other things, I don't know, but one of its "new features" is supposed to be splitting partitions, and it absolutely failed at that.
Update: I decided to try Disk Director on another computer with another situation. This computer was running WinXP SP2, and had a non-system disk that was 250gb in one partition with no data. I wanted to split up this huge partition. I didn't even try to run Disk Director from within Windows, I went straight to the boot disk. I split the partition into two partitions, but then changed my mind and decided to merge them again. No luck. When I got to the point in the process where I told it which partitions I wanted to merge (there were only 2), it just sat and did nothing. The "commit" icon was grayed out; it wasn't an option. I tried over and over in different ways to merge those 2 partitions, and the result was the same every time; it seemed to be waiting for something. Finally, I decided to try running Disk Director from Windows. This time, I was able to merge the partitions with no problem!
So, on the first computer, the program wouldn't work at all in Windows, and was able to do only some things I tried from the boot disk. On the second computer, it performed only some operations from the boot disk, and some others from within Windows. This software can do some things it says, but it's definitely flaky and unreliable.