Acronis International has announced the release of Acronis Disk Director 12, its popular all-in-one partition and drive management product.
There are no major changes this time, with Acronis concentrating on compatibility, for example ensuring that the new build now runs properly with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
Improved WinPE 4.0 and 5.0 support means you’re now able to use the latest version of Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit when creating bootable rescue media.
In addition, both WinPE and Linux-based boot discs are now fully compatible with UEFI-based systems.
Disk Director’s core features remain as before. There are powerful tools for creating and working with basic, dynamic, spanned, striped and mirrored volumes; you’re able to resize, move, copy, split or merge volumes without losing any data; and there are tools to clone drives, recover lost and damaged partitions, view and edit volumes at the sector level, and more.
Acronis Disk Director 12 is available for $49.99 ($29.99 upgrade) for a single PC, $79.99 ($47.99 upgrade) for three PCs.
Acronis Disk Director 12 Advanced, the server-oriented business version, will apparently be released this summer. There’s no information on pricing or features yet.
If you’d like to take a look at the standard Disk Director then a demo version is available, but beware. It can only carry out a very few operations (MBR <> GPT and Basic <> Dynamic conversions, cloning of basic disks), and only on volumes of up to 100MB, so can only give you a very general idea of the program’s abilities.