Pros / This software is simple to use, understand and navigate.
Cons / The partitioning functions included in this software are limited.
Verdict / If you need to copy and move your hard drive to a new computer, Migrate Easy will make the process simple and worry free.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following review is based on Acronis Migrate Easy. Acronis has informed us that their new version, True Home Image is now available. We will evaluate the updated version with the next scheduled update of this site.
The main function of Acronis Migrate Easy is to clone and transport your hard disk to another computer. This feature is extremely useful after you have bought a new computer. If you want to keep the layout of your hard drive on your old computer, you can simply transfer it to your new computer. This partition manager can also perform other functions, such as formatting partitions and wiping your hard drive clean, but the main features focus on migrating your data and partitions.
On the main menu of Migrate Easy, you can choose to clone, add a new disk or create a bootable rescue media. When you clone your hard drive, it will back it up to another hard disk on your PC. We regret that this partition manager does not help you back up individual files or partitions – only the entire hard drive. Also, you must clone it to your computer instead of a portable storage device.
This partition manager can help you add a new hard drive to your computer. This is a helpful feature if you need to install a new drive for extra storage space. A simple setup wizard will guide you through the process of installing and formatting the partitions on your hard drive.
Although this disk partition software allows you to create, delete and resize partitions, the partition functions are limited. You can only partition a hard drive during the process of another function. For example, when you add a new disk, you can create and format partitions as a part of the setup process of your new hard drive, but you cannot use these partitioning features outside of this process. It is because of the limited partitioning functions that this product is not ranked as high as other partition manager applications.
Another major feature of this software is the capability to create a bootable rescue media. A bootable rescue CD can boot your operating system, even if your computer cannot. Once you launch your computer, the CD will force a reboot and allow you to access all the important data on your hard drive. We value the recovery and restore feature of this application because it is an important function to protect your data. A wizard will help you create the bootable rescue media by helping you set its parameters and decide what data is placed on it.
We are disappointed that users must pay for help and support after using the software for 30 days. You can contact Acronis for support through several means, including telephone, email and online chat. Acronis also provides a user manual, a FAQs page and a user forum so you can find answers to your questions without paying a fee. There is a link to web support and a help section on the application.
We found that Migrate Easy was easy and intuitive to use. The user interface was simple and direct, leaving little room for users to get confused. We appreciated the wizards that clearly guide you through each process.
Although Acronis Migrate Easy has limited partition functions, we found that it is excellent software for cloning and transferring your data to a new hard drive. If you need to perform this function, Acronis’s partition manager will make the process simple and stress-free.