Acronis Disk Director 12 is a comprehensive hard drive management tool that comes packed with essential functionality.

The program provides a host of options for handing disks and volumes. It's able to create and work with basic, dynamic, spanned, striped and mirrored volumes; there are all kinds of conversion options (convert between basic and dynamic disks, primary and logical volumes, GPT and MBR disks, more); and of course it can resize, move, copy, split or merge volumes without losing any data.

There are tools to cope with most situations. Disk Director can clone your disk to a replacement drive; split it into two, ready for installing another operating system on the second volume; recover a lost or damaged partition, and more.

Perhaps most usefully, Disk Director can run from a bootable CD, DVD or USB key, enabling you to work on systems even if Windows won't boot.

That's a lot of power, but fortunately you don't have to be an expert in drive management to use the program. Just click a drive or partition and a left-hand sidebar displays the various actions you can use. Many of these are very straightforward ("Format", "Change letter", "Defragment", "Check", "Browse files"), and the more complex actions ("Resize", "Move", "Copy", "Split", "Merge") have well-designed wizards to walk you through every step.

Disk Director 12 brings enhanced compatibility:

  • The program runs on any edition of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
  • When creating WinPE 4.0 or 5.0 boot discs you're able to download and use the latest version of the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit
  • Both WinPE and Linux-based boot discs are now fully compatible with UEFI-based systems

Please note, this demo version of Acronis Disk Director will only carry out volume operations whose initial and resulting size is a maximum of 100MB.

Verdict

Acronis Disk Director provides a powerful collection of hard drive tools, yet a very well-designed interface means it's always easy to use. Well worth a look, particularly if you're intimidated by the complexities of some similar products