Powerful partition and hard disk drive management utility maximizes server performance

By: Acronis  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Disaster Recovery, Operating Systems, Hard Drive

Powerful partition and hard disk drive management utility maximizes server performance

Feature-rich Acronis® Disk Director® 11 Advanced Server is a disk management product for performing advanced disk layout operations. It inherits all the functionality of the previous version and adds exciting new capabilities like Dynamic Disk and GPT disk support, spanning a volume across multiple disks and much more. Built on Acronis' award-winning technologies, it allows you to move or merge partitions without data loss. It also minimizes downtime for server maintenance and enhances disk performance, because your servers need to be available 24x7.

Summary

Acronis® Disk Director® 11 Advanced Server provides you with powerful partition and hard disk management utilities to ensure your servers are running efficiently. Acronis has a long history of supporting Microsoft operating systems and this version includes full support for Windows Server 2008 R2 (including Microsoft Small Business Server). Dynamically split, merge, resize, copy and move partitions within Windows to minimize downtime. Perform advanced hard disk drive editing tasks, such as recovering important data areas of a hard drive and searching for and/or extracting information that was lost due to software and hardware failures or virus attack.

Resize, move, copy, split, and merge partitions without data loss. Speeds creation of partition settings for new PCs.
Recover lost or accidentally deleted partitions.
This disk drive repair tool allows you to perform advanced operations on your hard disk drive, such as restoration of boot records and hexadecimal editing.

Some other new features:

Dynamic Disk and GPT disk Support
Take advantage of built-in Microsoft functions.
Remote Management
Manage any disk from a central console.
Span volume across multiple physical disks
Big volumes are no longer a problem.

Take advantage

Here's how you can take advantage of Acronis’ hard drive manager and disaster recovery software together:

  • Create two partitions on your system: one for your system files and one for your data files.
  • Image your system partition using Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 backup before applying system changes, such as installing a new application or patch.
  • Create daily (or as often as you need) backups of your data partition.

Using two great Acronis products you will always have an image of your server and a backup of your data. This will save you valuable time in recoveries and reduce your storage requirements.

Acronis®Disk Director® 11 Advanced Server brings together the most popular disk management functions for servers in a single suite.

  • New! Windows® 7 and Windows 2008 and Windows 2008 R2 support
  • Resize, move, copy, split, and merge volumes without losing your data
  • Create, convert, copy and move volumes
  • New! Dynamic Disk Support*
  • New! GPT disk support
  • New! Add or break mirrored volumes*
  • New! Span volume across multiple physical disks
  • New! Convert basic disk to GPT and vice versa
  • Boot from CD/DVD or USB stick
  • New! Clone disk to a replacement HDD
  • Recover lost or deleted partitions
  • No reboot during installation
  • Works with Acronis® Backup & Recovery™ 11
  • New! Repair RAID-5 column
  • New! Remote management
  • New! WinPE media

* for supported operating systems


New! 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 and RAID-5 volumes*
New! 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.
New! 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.
New! 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 primary volumes.
New! Repair RAID-5 volumes
Restore a RAID-5 volume performance by reconstructing the data of the failed member on another disk.
New! Convert basic disks to dynamic and vice versa
Convert the existing basic disks to dynamic to achieve additional disk reliability for data storage.
New! Convert GPT disks to MBR and vice versa
Change the partitioning scheme of your disk to the way you need it.
New! Import foreign disks
Make dynamic disks added from another machine accessible for the system.
New! Changing a disk status: online to offline and vice versa*
Change a disk status to offline in order to protect it from unintentional use.
New! Disk cloning
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 of the source disk data to a target disk. The source disk volumes can be cloned to the target disk "as is", or resized automatically according 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, change file systems, clusters size, assign volume letters, and set volumes active
  • - Delete volumes and clean up disks
  • - Hide/unhide volumes
  • - Specify i-node density
  • - Initialize newly added hard disks
  • - 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 Disk Editor
A professional tool that performs a variety of actions on a hard disk.
Log
Examine information about disk and volume operations, including reasons for failure, if any.

* For the operating systems that support such functionality.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Acronis® Disk Director® 11 Advanced?

Acronis® Disk Director® 11 Advanced Server and Advanced Workstation are powerful and easy-to-use tools for managing disks and volumes on local and remote machines. With a comprehensive set of operations, you can organize your hard disk and volume configuration for optimal performance, while keeping your data safe.

Who needs Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced?

With its superior power, flexibility and ease of use, Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced is the right choice for businesses that need to perform advanced operations over disk layouts in order to get the most out of their servers and workstations in order to minimize downtime for maintenance and provide maximum server and workstation performance for mission critical applications.

What are the main benefits of Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced?

Efficiency: Reorganize your servers and workstations for better performance and data safety
Flexibility: Resize, copy, move, split and merge partitions without losing your data
Powerful: Optimized to offer the best Windows® performance
Ease of Use: User friendly interface and wizards guide you to get the most out of your system

What is new in Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced?

  • Full Windows 7, Windows Server 2008,Windows Server 2008 R2 Support
  • Dynamic Disk support*: Dynamic Disks provide greater functionality - volumes can be spread over several disks
  • GPT disk support: Create volumes over 2TB and get additional disk reliability against possible data damage
  • Add 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 the mirror
  • Span volume across multiple physical disks: Optimize your system by combining free space on different hard disk drives and get larger volumes
  • Convert basic disk to dynamic and vice versa: Convert the existing basic disks to dynamic to achieve additional disk reliability for data storage
  • Convert MBR disk to GPT and vice versa: Use to make a volume whose size is over 2 TB or if you need more than four primary volumes on one disk
  • Clone disk to a replacement HDD: The Disk Cloning wizard lets you replace the old basic MBR disk with a new one without reinstalling operating systems and applications
  • Repair RAID-5 column: Restore a RAID-5 volume performance by reconstructing the data of the failed member on another disk
  • Remote management: Powerful and easy-to-use tool for managing disks and volumes on local and remote machines
  • WinPE media: Build WinPE-based rescuer media

* For supported operating systems

What are the main features?

Manage all your disks and volumes with extreme flexibility

Carry out a 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 volumes letters and set volumes active
Ease-of-use
User friendly interface and wizards guide you in order to get the most out of your system
Recover lost or deleted partitions
Acronis® Recovery Expert helps you to recover accidentally lost or deleted volumes on basic MBR disks
Boot from CD/DVD or USB stick
Boot your system from CD/DVD or USB stick and manage all your volumes
Disk Editor
Edit disk at the sector level
Command Line Interface
Create scripts for application tasks
Remote Management
Powerful and easy-to-use tool for managing disks and volumes on local and remote machines

What are the differences between Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced Server, Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced Workstation and Acronis Disk Director 11 Home?

What operating systems does Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced Server support?

  • Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 (all editions, including SBS)
  • Windows Server 2003 and 2003 R2 (all editions, including SBS)

What operating systems does Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced Workstation support?

  • Windows 7 (all editions)
  • Windows Vista (all editions)
  • Windows XP (all editions)

What are the minimum system requirements?

Boot firmware - Bios-based**
Computer processor - Modern processor, 800MHz or faster
System memory - 512MB
Screen resolution - 800x600 pixels
Installation disk space - 2GB
Other Hardware - Mouse

** Machines that are based on Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) are not supported

How many servers can benefit from one Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced Server license?

You are allowed to install and use Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced Server on one server

How many servers can benefit from one Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced Workstation license?

You are allowed to install and use Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced Workstation on one workstation

Why should I register my new Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced Server or Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced Workstation license?

The purchase of your product includes one year of the Acronis Advantage® Premier maintenance and support service. To qualify and take full advantage of this support program, you must register your product.

Registering your copy of Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced is fast and simple. Once your copy is registered you can take advantage of the following benefits:

  • A direct line to our support team
  • A secure place to archive your serial number
  • Legal certainty about the software you have bought and are entitled to use
  • Free product updates
  • Information about the latest product updates and special offers
  • Free updates
  • An overview of all your licenses
  • Exclusive information on demand about new products and special offers

Keywords: Disaster Recovery, Disk Management, Hard Disk, Hard Disk Drive, Hard Drive, Operating Systems,

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