Download FREE Acronis True Image for Western Digital or Seagate drives

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http://support.wdc.com/product/downloaddetail.asp

western digital link above

see zenoicus post above OP for Seagate link (thx zenoicus)



According to the WD manual:

Acronis True Image WD Edition allows selecting only Western digital HDD as a restore location and for Cloning operation.

Here is more information from Western Digital's site:

Acronis True Image WD Edition Software helps you to completely clone your current system drive onto your new WD hard drive. Cloning makes an exact copy of your old system drive on your new WD hard drive, including the operating system, applications, data, preferences, and email settings. Everything will be present and operate exactly as it did on your old hard drive.

ATIWD is based on the award winning Acronis True image Home 2009 backup, restore and disaster recovery program.

Key Features of Acronis True Image WD Edition Software:

Drive Cloning - Copies the source drive to a new WD drive, leaving all data on the source drive.
Drive Migration - Erase the source drive after the new WD drive has been imaged.
Drive Deployment - Enables users to prepare a WD drive so that selected folders or partitions can be excluded from the destination image.
Drive Image Backup - The long-term usage of the Drive Kit software will be to provide full drive image backups of a source drive at any time. Backup drive images will be stored as a file, which can be copied to any direct attached drive, network attached storage drive or optical media (CD/DVD).
Drive Image Recovery - The Recovery Manager enables users to restore a drive image from a direct or network attached drive. The Recovery Manager can also either erase just a portion of the drive to be used for the restored drive image, or all of the previous OS.
Create a Bootable Standalone Recovery Manager - With the Drive Kit software, users can create a bootable ISO image file, which contains the WD Drive Kit Standalone Recovery Manager software.
Recover a Drive Image from the Bootable Recovery Manager Software - The bootable Standalone Recovery Manager enables users to recover a drive image from either a CD/DVD drive, a direct attached drive, or a network attached drive.
Download the Data Lifeguard Tools software (Acronis True Image WD Edition and user manual and the WD diagnostic tool) and follow the instructions provided to complete the installation.

Acronis True Image WD Edition Software
File Size: 121 MB (approx.)
Version: 11.0 (build 8,311)
Publish Date: August, 2009

Supported Operating Systems
Windows XP
Windows Vista


thx robbyg/sd

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Seagate has a similar deal.

This is great info. I recently upgraded a laptop with a WD drive, and their free disk cloning software did not appear able to create image files (AFAIK from the S/W description). This should be much better.

Out of curiousity, what's to keep this software from cloning to a non-WD or Seagate drive? Unless they've modified the cloning software to specifically examine the drive to obtain the manufacturer's name, it seem like this could work with most any drive. Just trying to get educated

You might be better off finding Acronis True Image full version on sale someplace (under $20 at times).

If you use one of these free tools to back up your drive (against a future drive failure) you are then locked in to that brand for your next drive. Even the full version may not restore a WD or Seagate only backup image - we don't know if they are compatible. If you have enough space on your backup device / drive you could image it with both free products and give yourself a better choice when you go to replace the current drive should it fail .

If you just need to copy data from an older/smaller drive to a new WD or Seagate then this is just what you need but I would spend the few bucks to get the full version for ongoing backups.

can i use this to backup my data from my dying external hd to my laptop hd or another drive?



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