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FREE Acronis True Image for Western Digital Owners


Was looking at Disk Imaging software options and discovered that Acronis True Image is free as long as you have at least one Western Digital drive in your system. Not sure if free stuff counts as a deal but seeing as this software is best in class pretty much and normally retails for $70 AUD i thought i'd put it up.

Well it seems this is also available for Seagate drives. Thanks to the commenters who pointed this out.

I've used the WD version a bit today and its not the full version but it works for what I need and is better than Acronis' normal 30 day trial.

Download of this software provides a 5-year license to use it with your compatible drive. This software is available only under a limited time offer and must be redeemed by download and install within 90 days of purchase or by December 31, 2023, whichever is earlier. This offer may not be combined with other offers and is subject to change. Terms and conditions apply.

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  • +1

    All I have to do is connect a WD branded (external) drive?

    Will it delete data from the WD drive?

    • +1

      You can use the software as long as you have a WD branded internal or external disk. The tool can be used on any drive.

  • +2

    no love for eastern digital owners

  • +2

    Not sure if free stuff counts as a deal

    Our favourite type of deal ;-)
    Thanks, just what I needed.

  • +2

    I used to like Acronis but the recent versions from 2015 onwards have removed the ability to mount an image file in read/ write mode - it's read only now.
    I used to be able to backup an OS/hard drive as an image and then just mount the image and recover the owners contents that way. Often you can't access some of the users folders and there is no way to change it's permissions so you can if you can't write to the image…. REALLY stupid!!!!


  • +6

    This has been free from WD as long as I can remember. Not only do you need a WD drive in your system to download it, you need a WD drive attached to your system to use the software as well.

    • The WD drive has to be connected at all times? :(

    • Seagate have one available too

      So basically if you have a Seagate or WD drive you don't have to buy Acronis, there are other free versions those.

      • At least with the Seagate version there are some other qualifying drive types. :)

  • +4

    Clonezilla can do the same thing & it's free.


    • +1

      Try AOMEI Backupper its free, works well.

      • Macrium Reflect 6 is also free, and even better than AOMEI and Acronis (supports automatic cleanup of backups).

  • I used to use the Seagate/WD True image versions but the free version of Macrium Reflect is probably better and is free without the fuss.

  • +6

    Forget that gimped version of Acronis TrueImage.

    Use Macrium Reflect Free Edition instead. It's HDD agnostic and better.

    • +2

      Agreed. This version also had trouble imaging OS drives to external drives last time I used it.

      Plus this has always been free anyway. Just like Seagate offers DiscWizard for free, which is also a gimped Acronis.

  • +3

    Personally I'd recommend using Macrium Reflect Free if you're after something reliable. The paid versions have extra options, but the free version will reliably image your computer, and more important reliably restore.

    I've tried Acronis a host of times over the years and have found it very buggy.

    Link for Macrium Reflect Free here:


  • +1

    Home version of Acronis is horrible. Stay away.

  • +1

    Has been free for WD and Seagate for many years. You need a WD or Seagate drive connected when you start the program. It does not work if the drives are setup in a RAID, which is very annoying.

    Crucial SSD come with an full Acronis licence key inside the box which works on any drive on any RAID settings.

  • +1

    I actually paid for this stuff. Horrendously buggy software. I think my pc is still behaving a bit wonky even thoguh i removed it a while back.

    Now using Easeus todobackup free, works so much better. http://www.easeus.com/backup-software/tb-free.html

    And ive tried a lot of backup software.

    Best software for making a full backup once a week and then an incremental one every day.

  • For those with Seagate drives, look at their DiscWizard tool which is again a re-branded home edition of Acronis.


    Edit: beaten

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