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Acronis True Image WD Edition – Free Backup Application

You’ve probably heard or used Acronis True Image a backup application for Windows, but did you know that owners of Western Digital storage products have access to a special version of True Image for free. Acronis True Image WD Edition is re-branded and feature limited version intended to be used only on Western Digital storage products. Free has its limitations, like:

You can download Acronis True Image WD Edition from WD Support.

  • The only available backup option is ‘Full’ backup
  • No scheduler
  • Will only work with Western Digital products

So, what’s the point?

Despite the limitations Acronis True Image WD Edition remains useful:

  1. Users will find the GUI easy to work with
  2. You can migrate all your data from one drive to another or store the backup image for later recovery(not limitation)
  3. Acronis DriveCleanser included, good for wiping all sensitive data
  4. Backup images can be mounted with Acronis True Image WD Edition, in case you need to pull specific files from the backup image
  5. You are allowed to create Bootable Rescue Media, a Live-CD can you help you in the recovery process

Acronis True Image WD Edition

Examples:

  • Acronis True Image WD Edition will be helpful if you need to migrate from a smaller hard drive to a larger hard drive.
  • If you like to make partition changes Acronis True Image WD Edition will be helpful for making a one time backup.

Before you start using Acronis True Image WD Edition you need to know that Western Digital decided to do its users a favor by licensing a special version of Acronis, the limitations that come with Acronis True Image WD Edition means you should not rely on it to be continous backup solution(lacks the ability to). While Acronis True Image WD Edition can be compared with other backup tools like Clonezilla, since they are not intended for creating incremental backups.

You can download Acronis True Image WD Edition from WD Support.

Comments

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    Comment by Henrik

    Hi Louis,
    Thanks for the info on the difference between the WD edition and the full edition. Very usefull.

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