I'm a past Powerquest user (Drive Image & Partition Magic) who some time ago switched to True Image. I've now completed the switch by adding Disk Director (10.0.0.2160). My DD experience so far has been very disappointing. The issues below, except Recovery Expert, encountered using DD from CD in full, manual mode. First issue: Split I could not get "Split" to work at all (detailed in a separate post). Second issue: Move Then I tried "Move". Two 80GB PATA drives. The first partitioned into C: (with around 20GB in use out of 30GB capacity) and D: (not relevant here). The second drive contained a single E: partition. All partitions were NTFS (though C: was originally FAT32 and later converted to NTFS using Windows XP's convert.exe). The objective was to move C: to the second drive, allowing the system partition to occupy the full drive. So in essence I was moving around 20GB from one drive to another, and causing it to occupy a larger partition. I first deleted E:, turning it into unallocated space. I then moved C: to that space. The "Move" took three-and-a-quarter hours! Partition Magic was never that slow. Neither are True Image backups/restores. Surely both TI and DD use similar technology? Well maybe not. After discovering that I could not boot the moved partition (see next issue), I eventually ended up again clearing the second drive, and using True Image to restore to it a backup of the original C: partition. It did this successfully in around half an hour. So it's around 30 minutes for TI to create the partition from a .tib file (which it has to decompress), and three-and-a-quarter hours for DD to copy the partition from the original. Before I add "Move" to the growing list of things that I should not use in Disk Director (because of this and the following issue), can anyone shed light on this huge difference? Third issue: Moved partition not bootable I'm not 100% sure if this is an Acronis issue or if I somehow fell victim of a "Genuine Windows Advantage" quirk. (Perhaps someone out there will know?) The C: partition that I moved was a "de-activated" Windows XP Pro boot partition. The fully legitimate OS deactivated shortly before the attempted partition move, owing to hardware changes (shuffled disk drives and new RAM). It advised that I had the usual 3-day grace period within which I would have to re-activate. I chose to wait, as I had not finished changing the hardware and didn't want it to happen again. But as soon as I tried to boot from the moved partition, Windows would only get as far as the Welcome screen, then it would hang - before offering any login choices (and thus not even allowing an attempt to re-activate - which I believe it does do if the "grace" period has expired). Nothing I tried, including Safe Mode, allowed me to get further. I eventually solved the problem by scrapping the new partition, and re-creating it with True Image instead. (Well, with the TI-created partition I did get the dreaded "Error removing USB devices after cloning" problem, so well documented in a thread in the TI forum, but at least I was able to fix that.) I know others that have had Windows re-activation problems, but none with symptoms like mine. Hence I can't (yet) assume that this was NOT a Disk Director issue. Fourth issue: Recovery Expert Before solving the above problem by using True Image instead of DD, I thought that I might try recovering the original partition that DD had deleted because it was "moved". (I had also previously removed the original D: partition from that drive.) A task for "Recovery Expert", thought I. I moved the drive to the computer that I started with, in order to use DD from Windows. I started Recovery Expert in Manual mode, and when the "Fast" searching method didn't seem to work, I tried the "Complete" method on the drive that now showed no partitions. It immediately detected one partition. But my joy was short-lived. 50 minutes later, no progress whatsoever was showing on the progress bar. Fearing it might be hung, I opened Task Manager. In "Applications”, it showed Disk Director as running (and no others). When I looked at "Processes", DiskDirector.exe (the only relevant Acronis process listed) was showing CPU usage fluctuating between 7% and 21%. However, after 50 minutes it was only showing 350 I/O reads. After a further 10 minutes of observation, no further I/O reads had been recorded (and still no "progress" indicated). I gave up and cancelled it. So unless someone can show me the error of my ways, it seems that "Recovery Expert" also hits the list of things that I can't get to work properly. I'm running out of uses for the software! Most of what I’ve tried with Disk Director has failed! I’m hoping for some comments that might help restore the faith. The remaining issues are minor by comparison... Fifth issue: What is unavailable from CD? Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised that "Defragment" doesn't work when running from CD, since there is a somewhat obscure help statement that says it's for Windows XP (which I guess I should not interpret as "for Windows XP disks" but rather as "for when running under Windows XP and not the CD's OS"). But does the same apply to "Change Letter"? I cannot change NTFS drive letters from CD either. Is there anywhere a list of what DD functions are not usable from a bootable CD? Sixth/last: Minor question Does Acronis believe that every disk must have one "Active" partition? Microsoft doesn't think so. In the past I have successfully used many secondary disks with one or more primary partitions, where none are marked "Active". And Partition Magic would let me easily manipulate this property decades ago, and let the user decide whether or not a new partition should be Active. But unless I'm missing something, DD appears not to allow the "Active" attribute to be turned off, and will automatically assign it on disks that it alters. Is this correct? Should it be?