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Acronis Disk Director or Norton Partition Magic?

by samusgravity / November 12, 2007 3:53 AM PST

I have a Windows Vista Home Basic laptop. My hard drive is 80 GB, with two 32 GB partitions. I would like to shrink my D:Data drive and add to my main C drive. I have been researching and found that Acronis Disk Director, and Symantic's Partition Magic are the best. But, which one is better? Also I have heard that Partition Magic doesn't work on Vista, is this true? I am a novice at partitioning, so I am also trying to choose the easiest one to use!!!


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My nod is to Acronis.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 12, 2007 5:36 AM PST

Sorry but they have been ahead of the curve compared to slow responses by Symantec to changing times. Ghost for years required you to create boot disks manually and when SATA drives arrived Ghost (even new versions) promptly ceased to work. Acronis gets my nod here.


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Is Acronis Disk Director...
by samusgravity / November 12, 2007 6:10 AM PST
In reply to: My nod is to Acronis.

Easy to use? And do they sell it in stores like Best Buy or Circut City?

Thank you,

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I think it's in BB.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 12, 2007 6:18 AM PST

Sorry, CC is a place I don't shop. Long story, something learned over a few decades.


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Ok,so finally
by samusgravity / November 12, 2007 6:30 AM PST
In reply to: I think it's in BB.

What backup program should I use. I was thinking the 15 day trial of Acronis True image 11 Home, is this a good idea? Thank you for your help!!!


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Note the trial limitations...
by John.Wilkinson / November 12, 2007 6:49 AM PST
In reply to: Ok,so finally

I know it's limited to creating 7.8MB partitions, and while I'm not sure about resizing my assumption is that they either have it disabled or severely limited as well. Thus, it will give you a 'feel' for the program but force you to purchase it to accomplish your goal. You should be satisfied with it if you do decide to make the purchase, though...I agree with Bob they're a few steps ahead of Norton, and know from experience it works quite well under Vista.


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What about the backup!!!
by samusgravity / November 12, 2007 6:54 AM PST

Is Acronis True image Home good for backup? Will the trial work?

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by John.Wilkinson / November 12, 2007 7:45 AM PST

For years I was a Ghost user, but am quite impressed with True Image Home 11, and in particular with its new Try and Decide feature. In that mode you can install and do whatever you want, and once you're done decide to revert back to the previous state or keep what you did. (No need to clone your hard drive first!) Excellent for testing new software that won't otherwise run in a sandbox. On the more traditional cloning front, it's fast and accurate. While I've heard of it not working for some, I haven't encountered any problems personally. Definitely recommended.


P.S. Keep in mind the 15-day trial.

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so basically...
by samusgravity / November 12, 2007 7:54 AM PST
In reply to: Yes...

I can backup my system, partition my hard drive, and if it works delete it... Can I really do that!?


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(NT) Yes...that's what it's designed to do.
by John.Wilkinson / November 12, 2007 8:07 AM PST
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(NT) That is sweet! Thank you for the info!!!
by samusgravity / November 12, 2007 8:26 AM PST
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by minh t / November 19, 2007 8:03 PM PST

I using acronis disk director, it work very good

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