Handy disk management tool for manipulating partitions
Acronis on Wednesday rolled out Acronis Disk Director 12, the newest version of its disk management and data manipulation software. Disk Director's 12 core library support was developed by Acronis Labs, the company's $10 million high-tech R&D center launched in 2013. Using the provided tools, users can partition, format, manipulate, clone, install, share, convert, boot, span, merge, split, resize, copy, and move data or disk partitions without losing files.
PC users must be optimists. Sure, we flame and troll and gripe about every little thing, but how on earth can you explain the fact that so many of us don't back up our data, other than raw, bordering-on-delusional optimism? Your hard drive is safe right now, of course, but what are the odds that it will get damaged, corrupted, power-surged, hacked, stolen, flooded, burned or earthquake-d in the next year? We'll answer that one for you: too high to ignore.
So if you've managed to go this long without implementing a good backup system, read on. We've put together a quick primer on the 6 forms of data backup available to you. Pick two, spend 30 minutes setting them up, and you'll never have to worry about your data again.
From Google’s Gmail and GoogleDocs to Microsoft’s Windows Live and Adobe’s Acrobat.com, more and more personal computing is taking place in “the cloud.” PC users are increasingly growing accustomed to mobile computing from their smartphones and tablets – and cloud computing is an essential element in this growing mobile adaptation. From online data sharing, email, social networking, and file creation (and editing), cloud computing is a very good fit for the on-the-go, work-from-anywhere crowd.
With the convergence of several trends, including fast CPUs able to run background processes without getting bogged down, to breakneck broadband Internet connections, and powerful end-to-end encryption (to assure that nobody but you can view your backups or restore them), backing up data to the cloud is an idea whose time has come. All of these features are widely available today, and you have several choices in cloud-based backup. We’re going to break down all the elements of cloud-based backup - from how it works, and what the leading players in the home market offer, to helping you determine whether cloud-based backup should be on your “must-have” list of online services.
Everyone, from your dad to your boss to Mama Microsoft, tells you “back up your files.” But what’s the best way to protect your collection of digital music, photos, videos, downloads – and your operating system? To answer that question, we ventured out on a long, test-heavy trail to find the “Ultimate Backup.” Here’s what we found.
Intel just made upgrading to an SSD a little bit easier by offering up its Data Migration Software to all existing Intel solid state drive owners. The clone utility, which is powered by Acronis, purportedly makes easy work out of copying over your current drive's contents, including your OS and system settings, to the new SSD.
"The Intel Data Migration Software, powered by Acronis, makes the process of migrating to Intel Solid-State Drives faster and easier for both home and corporate users," said Troy Winslow, director of product marketing, Intel NAND Solutions Group. "Having a simple and accessible method to clone a user's existing drive, makes it that much easier for consumers to start experiencing the high performance of solid-state drive computing."
The utility is free, though if you get a hankering for a full-featured backup and recovery solution, Intel SSD owners have the options of upgrading to Acronis True Image Home 2011 at a discounted price ($30 versus $50).