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Acronis® Disk Director® 11 Home
Quick Start Guide
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1 Introducing Acronis® Disk Director® 11 Home
Acronis® Disk Director® 11 is a powerful and easy-to-use tool for managing disks and volumes. With a
comprehensive set of operations, you can organize your hard disk and volume configuration for
optimal performance, while keeping your data safe.
Acronis Disk Director offers many features including:
Create both basic and dynamic volumes
The handy Create Volume wizard has been improved to support dynamic volumes creation. Now,
in addition to basic volumes, you can easily create dynamic volumes in Acronis Disk Director to:
Increase the volume size beyond the capacity of a single disk, by using a spanned volume
Reduce access time to files, by using a striped volume
Achieve fault tolerance, by using a mirrored volume *
Add, remove, or break mirrored volumes *
Make your basic or simple volume fault-tolerant in just one action by adding a mirror. If you need
extra unallocated space on a disk containing one of the mirrors—remove a mirror. Break a
mirrored volume to get two independent simple volumes with initially identical content.
Copy or move a volume of one type as a volume of another type
Change the type of a volume when copying or moving it. For example, you can copy the contents
of a mirrored volume to a spanned volume.
Convert primary volumes to logical and vice versa
Convert a primary volume to logical to create a fifth volume on a disk that currently has four
Convert basic disks to dynamic and vice versa
Convert the existing basic disks to dynamic to achieve additional disk reliability for data storage.
Convert GPT disks to MBR and vice versa
Change the partitioning scheme of your disk the way you need it.
Import foreign disks
Make dynamic disks added from another machine accessible for the system.
Changing a disk status: online to offline and vice versa *
Change a disk status to offline in order to protect it from unintentional use.
The Disk Cloning wizard lets you replace the old basic MBR disk with a new one without
reinstalling operating systems and applications. It transfers all the source disk data to a target
disk. The source disk volumes can be cloned to the target disk “as is”, or resized automatically
with respect to the target disk size.
Disk and volume management operations
Experience the vast array of disk and volume management operations:
Resize, move, copy, split and merge volumes without data loss or destruction
Format and label volumes, assign volume letters, and set volumes active
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New! Change file systems
New! Clean up disks
New! Hide/unhide volumes
New! Specify i-node density
New! Change a cluster size
Explore volume data, even on Linux volumes before performing operations
Preview changes made in disk and volume layout before applying them
Browse through the detailed information about all hard disks, volumes and file systems
Acronis Recovery Expert
Helps you to recover accidentally lost or deleted volumes on basic MBR disks.
Acronis Bootable Media Builder
Now, you can create bootable media based both on WinPE and Linux to use Acronis Disk Director
on bare metal or outside of an operating system.
Acronis OS Selector
Easy-to-use boot manager that allows several operating systems on a single machine and lets you
create different configurations for any installed operating system, including Windows 7.
New! Acronis Disk Editor
A professional tool that performs a variety of actions on a hard disk.
Examine information about disk and volume operations, including reasons for failure, if any.
* For the operating systems that support such functionality.
2 Installation and operation
2.1 Hardware requirements
The table below lists the minimum and recommended hardware requirements to install and run
Acronis Disk Director.
Boot firmware BIOS-based*
Computer processor Modern processor,
800 MHz or faster
1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or
System memory 256 MB 512 MB or more
Screen resolution 800*600 pixels 1024*768 pixels or
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Other hardware A mouse A CD/DVD recording
drive, or a flash drive
for bootable media
* Machines that are based on Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) are not supported.
2.2 Supported operating systems
The following operating systems are supported by Acronis Disk Director:
Windows XP – all editions
Windows Vista – all editions
Windows 7 – all editions
2.3 Supported file systems
Acronis Disk Director supports the following file systems for performing operations:
The operations resulting in a change of volume size—that is: Create, Resize, Copy, Move, Merge,
Split—are not available for the XFS, Reiser4, HPFS and JFS file systems.
2.4 Supported media
Hard disk drives (HDD) and solid-state drives (SSD)
Support for IDE, SCSI and SATA interfaces
CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R (including double-layer DVD+R), DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, BD-R, BD-RE
for bootable media creation*
USB 1.1 / 2.0 / 3.0, FireWire (IEEE-1394) hard disk drives
PC card storage devices
* Burned rewritable discs cannot be read in Linux without a kernel patch.
2.5 Installing Acronis Disk Director
To install Acronis Disk Director 11
1. If you have the previous version of Acronis Disk Director, remove it before proceeding with the
installation of Acronis Disk Director 11.
2. Run the setup file of Acronis Disk Director 11.
3. Click Install Acronis Disk Director.
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5. Type in your license key. Skip this step if you want to evaluate the demo product version.
6. Select whether you want to install the program for all users on this machine, or for the current
7. Proceed with installation.
2.6 Installing Acronis OS Selector
To install Acronis OS Selector, you need to first install Acronis Disk Director (p. 5). Then select Start ->
All Programs -> Acronis -> Disk Director -> Install Acronis OS Selector and follow the setup program
instructions. If you already have Acronis OS Selector installed on your machine, it will be replaced by
the new version.
Acronis OS Selector can be installed on volumes of basic MBR disks only.
During the installation of Acronis OS Selector, the hidden system folder BOOTWIZ will be created on
your machine to keep the program loader. Acronis OS Selector will also copy operating system files
found on your machine into this folder to avoid problems during the booting process and to simplify
adding a new operating system in the future.
Acronis OS Selector can be installed in the Typical or Custom mode.
During Typical installation, the BOOTWIZ folder will be created in the system hard disk volume that
contains the Windows files and folders.
Using the Custom installation option, you will be able to select the location of the BOOTWIZ folder.
This might come in handy when a system volume is accidentally destroyed or damaged. In that case,
you will be able to access the Acronis OS Selector boot menu even if the system volume is
To avoid any possible disk and volume structure damage or data loss, please take all necessary
precautions and follow these simple rules:
1. Back up the disk whose volumes will be created or managed. Having your most important data
backed up to another hard disk or CD will allow you to work on disk volumes being reassured
that your data is safe.
Acronis has an extremely effective comprehensive data backup and recovery solution — Acronis True
Image. It creates a data or disk backup copy stored in a compressed archive file that can be restored in case
of an accident.
2. Check volumes to make sure they are fully functional and do not contain any bad sectors or file
3. Do not perform any disk/volume operations while running other software that has low-level disk
access. Acronis Disk Director must obtain exclusive access to the target disk/volume. This means
no other disk management utilities (such as the Windows Disk Management utility) can access it
at that time. If you receive a message stating that the disk/volume cannot be blocked, close the
disk management applications that use this disk/volume and start again. If you cannot determine
which applications use the disk/volume, close them all.
With these simple precautions, you will protect yourself against accidental data loss.
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2.8 User privileges
In order to perform any operation using Acronis Disk Director, you must be logged on as a member of
the Administrators group.
2.9 Running Acronis Disk Director
Running Acronis Disk Director in Windows
1. Select Start -> All Programs -> Acronis -> Disk Director -> Acronis Disk Director.
2. In the disk management area, examine the current layout of disks and volumes.
3. Add one or more management operations on disks and volumes to the queue of pending
operations. These operations will take effect only after you commit them.
4. In the disk management area, examine how the layout of disks and volumes will look when the
pending operations are completed.
5. Commit the pending operations.
Some operations, such as changing the size of a volume from which Windows starts, may require
restarting the machine.
Running Acronis Disk Director from a bootable media
Acronis Disk Director has a bootable version that can be run on a bare metal system, or on a crashed
machine that cannot boot normally, or even on a non-Windows system, like Linux. A bootable
version of Acronis Disk Director is created with Acronis Bootable Media Builder.
To run Acronis Disk Director, boot the machine from a bootable media, and then select Acronis Disk
While working under bootable media, Acronis Disk Director can perform almost all the operations on
any disks and volumes that can be performed under Windows.
2.10 Upgrading Acronis Disk Director
Before proceeding with the upgrade, make sure that you have the license key for Acronis Disk
Upgrading from Acronis Disk Director 10
If you already have Disk Director 10 installed and want to upgrade it to Acronis Disk Director 11:
1. Remove Acronis Disk Director 10 from your machine.
2. Follow the on-screen instructions as described in Installing Acronis Disk Director (p. 5).
Upgrading from the demo version of Acronis Disk Director 11
If you already have the demo version of Acronis Disk Director 11 installed and want to upgrade it to
a full version:
1. Run Acronis Disk Director.
2. Select Help > Enter license key from the top menu, and then type in your license key for Acronis
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3 Technical Support
Maintenance and Support Program
If you need assistance with your Acronis product, please go to http://www.acronis.com/support/
You can download the latest updates for all your registered Acronis software products from our
website at any time after logging into your Account (https://www.acronis.com/my) and registering
the product. See Registering Acronis Products at the Website (http://kb.acronis.com/content/4834)
and Acronis Website User Guide (http://kb.acronis.com/content/8128).