Quote: Originally Posted by mjf
WD and Seagate use Acronis for their free imaging & cloning software ( to help sell their disks).
WD smartware is for file backup purposes and I think it's awefull (I didn't think it was made by Acronis?). I buy WD's USB drives which are just bare bones drives.
WD smartware Is not made by Acronis & is awful, But Acronis does make good software that costs about & 50 dollars for the full version but has a partnership with WD. The ATI WD Edition does not have all the bells and whistles of the full version but allows you to fully Backup/Clone/Restore/Mount and format your hard drive. I have re-imaged my systems at least six times with ATI WD Edition and have had no problems.
A good comparison wold be: with Vista Home Preimium you are only allowed to back up basic folders like Documents, Music, Pictures -etc (IE: WD Smartware) and in Windows 7 you have a full image backup/clone of your drive (IE: Acronis True Image WD Edition)
Other free imaging software made by Paragon & Macrium can be found in the FREE Great Programs for Window 7 section.