Partition Wizard Home Edition: excellent, free partition management utility

Partition Wizard is a free partition management utility that works on both 32bit and 64bit systems. It offers a wide range of functions, including creating, resizing, formatting, copying,

deleting, and hiding partitions. Other functions include setting active partitions, changing drive letters, performing hard drive surface scans, checking the file system on your partitions, and even converting partitions from FAT to NTFS.

Partition Wizard also includes an option to create (or download) a bootable CD that can be used for recovery functions such as rebuilding the MBR (Master Boot Record) of your hard drive, or for performing partition management operations.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you would have encountered two kinds of free partition management software: a Linux-based live-cd that can be booted into (GpartedParted Magic), or a desktop-based software that typically looks a lot like the (non freeware) classic Partition Magic (Easeus Partition Master for example). Partition Wizard belongs to the latter category; in fact, it looks so deceptively similar to Easeus Partition Master as to make me wonder if somehow they were based on the same code. However, there was one small yet crucial distinction between the two: Partition Wizard is provided free of charge for both 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows, while the 64bit version of Easeus Partition Master, for some reason, is not free.

My experience using this software: I have used this software over two weeks to perform a number of partition creation and resizing operations, and I must say I am very impressed with it. From a purely subjective viewpoint it seems to perform major resizing operations very rapidly given a large volume of data (70 gigs on 80 gig drive and a very large number of files). It employs the standard virtual system whereby the user can request a number of changes and then “apply” them at a single stroke when he/she is ready.

More notes:

  • Supports disk/partition sizes larger than 2TB.
  • Supports RAID devices.
  • Converts dynamic disks to basic disks (more on these here).
  • Bootable media: can be created within the application or you can download and burn an ISO image from the program home page.

Freewaregenius 5-Star Pick

The verdict: excellent free software that does exactly what it says. If you’re looking for a top-notch “Partition Magic” replacement that you can run and use from within the Windows environment (as opposed to the LiveCD types), this is the program you were looking for.

I also like the fact that Partition Manager is a swiss-army-knife style collection of hard drive tools in a single place (surface scans, renaming drive letters, converting FAT32 to NTFS, rebuilding the Master Boot Record), which to me makes this a must have program. Recommended.

Version Tested: 4.2.2

Compatibility: 32bit & 64bit versions of Windows XP, Vista, 2000 Professional. Does NOT support Windows Server 2000, Server 2003, Server 2008.

Go to the program home page to download the latest version (approx 6.7 megs).


 
 
 
Samer Kurdi

Samer Kurdi

Has been reviewing software since 2006 when he started Freewaregenius.com
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  • CelsoSC

    Just a note: the Home edition reviewed here does NOT support Windows Server Editions (2000 Server/2003/2008).

    Anyway, looks like a great app.

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  • Samer

    @ CelscoSC: thanks for letting me know. I have reflected this in the text of the posting above.

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  • Redog

    excellent software, i love it

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  • http://www.buste.biz minipower

    Incredible, i used it to resize (enlarge) Windows 7 (64bit) Ultimate’s main partition (C:) and it worked like a charm, when it comes to finally resize the main part where the SO files are it asks for reboot and it does what it says without a problem.

    The only little concern is when i installed it, Windows 7 did not recognize it as a 64 bit structured app. in fact it wanted to put it automatically in the folder for 32 bit programs.

    Thank you very much for this article.

  • Johnm

    5.0 just come out, check it out…..Linux file system now supported, well done!

  • Renee Vanderbilt

    I just used it for the first time(never partitioned before). It woked “pretty” good with a couple of glitches..It disabled SuperAntiSpyware and I had to re enter my license in order to get it working again,also, it changed the settings on a proxy software I use from firefox to internet explorer. Other than that everything went well. However, after creating the partitions, there are no instructions on how to move my pictures,etc to the partitions. Looks like my documents has the correct buttons after right clicking and clicking properties, but my pic, and music do not have necessary buttons. So, I’m still looking for a way to accomplish this. Using xp home sv pk3

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  • raviraj

    Hi, I ahve Windows 7 64-Bit OS. I need to also install windows 2003 Server .
    Currently I just have two partitions C and D.

    Can I use Partition manager to create a third partition and then install windows 2003 Server in that partition so that My laptop becomes dual bootable?

  • jin

    from where i download this softwre rather reading comments :(

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  • Scott Page

    I found this software to be excellent with re-partitioning any partition not related to your main OS partition (e.g. removable harddrives). Worked well and was extremely fast compared with other freeware programs.

    However when I went to resize my main OS partition (Windows 7 home premium 64-bit), it rewrote the partition tables, which effectively made my system unbootable. I had to use Testdisk to recover the partition tables, and then use my windows recovery disk to repair the boot sector and mbr. I also lost my dell system recovery partition. Once I finally got back into windows, decided to try and give Parition Wizard another chance. Tried to recover the dell recovery partition (now showing as unallocated space), and got my first Windows 7 Blue Screen of Death. Will go back to using the Linux Gparted live CD to do anything with my OS partition. Just wanted to let you know of my experience with this software.

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  • m.wing

    I noticed they have upgrade to version 7.1. Maybe this review is bit outdated. Anyway, good review.

  • TK

    latest version (7.1) is no longer free for comercial use, cannot merge partitions and still does not support server operating systems, which is kinda understandable since their server edition is part of their core revenue stream.
    It claims to have ext2 and ext3 linux filesystem support… but can it handle 32K and 64K byte alllocation units as used by linux based DVR’s filesystems so we can stretch the max filesystem size the frimware can produce for newer bigger physical drives?

    • Samer

      @ Tk: PW never supported merging partitions, and was never free for commercial use I don’t think. You can get both of these features with Aomei Partition Assistant Home Edition.

      Most free partition managers will not support server operating systems (I don’t know any that will). As for the Linux filesystem support, I am unable to speak to that as my Linux experience is rudimentary to say the least.