Disk Director 12 by Acronis Review

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Overview

I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing Disk Director 12 by Acronis. The full version of this software was provided at no charge to me by GeekBrainDump.com, in exchange for a review and opinion by myself. I have no affiliation with Acronis and have not been paid any compensation for this review.

Disk Director 12 is a software that manages disks and volumes of the host machine.

Installation & Operation

The installation on my Windows 7 desktop went without issue and was very straight forward.

The program opens to one main window that lists all your physical disks. I only have one in my desktop, so it showed me this disk and all the partitions / volumes on it. In my case, and as you can see in the image below, I have a 100 MB ‘System Reserved’ partition and the basic ‘Local Volume’, which is my C drive.

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As you can see to the left, there are all the options that Acronis Disk Director has. I can resize a volume, I can move a volume, copy, merge, split, etc. I decided to try resizing my C drive, shaving off 553 MB of space (so going from 59.53 GB to 59.00 GB). After clicking “Resize volume”, I was prompted with a window asking what size I wanted to go to. Once I had done that, the window closed and the checkered flag up top said “Commit pending operations (1)”. I clicked on that, and was prompted with this window:

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I clicked on “Continue”, and a prompt came up asking me to confirm that a restart will be required after the changes are made. I clicked “OK”, and the process began. Immediately, Windows began a restart process. After restarting, before booting back into Windows, I got a DOS-like screen that showed Acronis and a “pending changes” bar along with an “overall changes” bar. My desktop then restarted again, and booted back into Windows. I opened Disk Director 12 and was greeted with the following:

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As you can see, there is now an ‘Unallocated’ volume with the exact amount of space that I requested be removed from the ‘Local Volume’.

I tried a few other options, like copying the volume, changing the label and browsing files. All the options worked and were very straight forward.

Thoughts

Disk Director 12 is a very simple to use, yet powerful utility that allows you to manage your disk drives. Essentially everything you would ever want or need to do is available in this easy to use program. I was very pleased with the simplicity and lack of complicated menus and questions. This is exactly what software is supposed to be, intuitive and simple to use.

The process of resizing my volume was very quick, taking less than 15 seconds. Granted I was only changing half a gigabyte on the volume, but none the less, I’ve seen other ‘disk utilities’ take forever to make even the slightest of changes. I’ve sat for over an hour once waiting for 2 GBs to be moved around with another utility

Finally, I very much appreciated that Disk Director 12 informed me and even required me to confirm that a restart of my computer was going to be required. A lot of times, software doesn’t really inform you very well and then poof, Windows begins restarting and you lose work that you haven’t saved or closed properly.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Disk Director 12 by Acronis is a simple to use, yet very powerful disk management utility. I’ve also had the pleasure of reviewing True Image 2014 Premium by Acronis, which I believed was a great utility as well. I have used other Acronis products in the past in commercial environments, and have always been happy with them. Thus far, every Acronis product I’ve used has been simple, intuitive, straight forward and has done what it’s supposed to do. I would highly recommend Disk Director 12 for anyone requiring a disk management utility.

Author

Martin Lehner

Martin Lehner is an technology professional working for an IT services firm in Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada). He has been working in the technology field for over a decade. With a degree in Business Admin and numerous industry certifications, Martin leads a team of IT professionals that provide third party support for clients. Originally starting a company to offer web development services, Martin quickly realized that clients wanted the entire spectrum of technology services. When Martin is not at work (which is not often, since his company offers 24/7 support), he is busy at home spending time with his family.

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