8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Extremely effective, a must have.,
This review is from: Acronis Disk Director 11 Home Edition (PC) (CD-ROM)
I have an ageing PC (8 years old which is pretty old) running XP. I have 2 drives, 180Gb and 120Gb, with the 180Gb having 2 volumes - C: and E: which holds music, among other things. The 180Gb had just 100Mb left so I thought of buying a new drive. When I was researching I came across many references to Acronis and thought this might actually help as I had about 20Gb of unallocated blocks I couldn't get at. I thought I'd give it a go before the hassle of formatting/fitting the new drive.
Well, in a nutshell Acronis really came up with the goods. It is a fairly small install with little to think about. The interface is very slick and anyone with a small bit of knowledge (eg drive letters and capacities) can just get on with the program as it is so intuitive.
It found the unallocated blocks, let me convert them to volumes and then let me join them up with the existing volumes. Suddenly my full drive had another 20Gb. Incredible! I then took the time to copy folders off of the drive and reformatted it to NTFS. Again this was simple. The menu options changed if you couldn't do certain things so you always knew what was possible. Then rather than incremental changes being processed it saved up the changes until I was ready to commit and then processed in one hit.
When I accidentally called a volume a wrong letter it was easy to change it again (it just needed a reboot).
I have only scratched the surface of what the package can do but I am already a big fan and would recommend this to anyone who wants to adjust drive settings in any way (I haven't even considered the backup facilities or disaster recovery yet). The price is amazing for what it does.