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Partition Manager 10 Personal Review [GotD]

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Partitioning hard drives is something that most users rarely do. It usually comes into play when a new hard drive is purchased or when a new operating system needs to be installed. The main benefit of programs like Partition Manager 10.0 is that they offer more control and functionality over build in solutions that might ship with the operating system.

The features that Partition Manager 10 is providing can be divided into the four categories Partitioning, Backup and Restoration, Copy, Defragmentation and Boot Management as well as Miscellaneous features.

Partition Manager 10 Personal displays a wizard on startup. The wizards lists the available options on the screen with a menu on the left that ranges from partitioning over copying and migration to backup and rescue. A selection of a menu item will change the available options on the right side of the screen.

Selecting Partitioning for instance will provide the tools to create, delete, resize and merge partitions. Here is an overview of the features provided by Partition Manager 10 Personal:

  • Partitioning: Create Partition (create a new partition and set its properties), Delete Partition (delete existing partition and all data that it contains), Resize Partitions (move border of adjacent partitions to redistribute space between them) and Merge Partitions (merge two adjacent partitions with the same file system and the same type)
  • Copying and Migration: Hard Disk Migration (migrate to a new hard disk of the same or a different size) and Copy Partition (make a copy of a partition).
  • Mac Related Operations: Resize Partitions (Redistribute free space between Mac OS X and Windows operating systems)
  • Backup and Rescue: Simple Backup (Backup your system / data with a few clicks) and Burn Rescue Disk (Create a bootable recovery CD)
  • Boot Management: Boot Manager (set up boot parameters of the computer system), Install New OS (Prepare your system for the installation of an additional operating system)

Probably the most important aspect for many users is the support for file systems, operating systems and hard disk interfaces. Partition Manager 10 Personal supports:

File Systems:

  • NTFS (v1.2, v3.0, v3.1)
  • FAT16
  • FAT32
  • Ext2FS
  • Ext3FS
  • Linux Swap (only basic partitioning operations: create, format, delete)
  • HPFS
  • Limited read/write access to HFS+ partitions
  • Other file systems (in Sector-by-Sector mode)

HDD Interfaces:

  • Parallel ATA (IDE)
  • Serial ATA (SATA)
  • External SATA (eSATA) HDD
  • SCSI
  • All levels of SCSI, IDE and SATA RAID controllers
  • Full support of RAIDed configurations (hardware RAIDs)
  • IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
  • USB 1.0/2.0
  • Support large hard disks (both MBR- and GPT-formatted hard disks)
  • PC card storage devices

Installation

Partition Manager is provided for free today at the Giveaway of the Day website. The homepage of Partition Manager 10 Personal can be accessed here.

The partition manager has a size of about 100 Megabytes which need to be unpacked after the download. This will result in a setup file and a readme text that details the registration of the software program.

The installation will display a registration screen shortly after the beginning with a Get Free Serial button. Pressing this button will open a website where the user needs to register to get the free serial number for Partition Manager 10 Personal. The product key and serial number will be send to the email address that is provided during setup.

A manual in pdf format is provided by the developer.

Partition Manager 10 Personal Price And Alternatives

Partition Manager 10 Personal is regularly sold for $39.95. Paragon is also offering a Partition Manager 10 Professional version that comes with extra features namely a WinPE based recovery environment, support for dynamic disk and dynamic volumes, backup to Blu-Ray disks and email notifications.

Viable alternatives are Partition Wizard [Windows software] or Gparted [Linux boot CD].

Pro:

  • Complete Partition Manager that should be sufficient for most users
  • Wizards that aid the user in the partitioning
  • 32-bit and 64-bit support
  • Recovery Options, error checking
  • Several helpful tools like the boot corrector to help correct boot problems or incremental partition copying

Con:

  • Does not seem to work with Linux Logical Partitions
  • Download is rather large
  • Does not provide the means to copy a partition into another existing one

Partition Manager 10 Personal is an excellent software especially for the price tag (Zero that is) offered today at the Giveaway of the Day website.

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  1. I am a Mac user used to rely on disk utility but there were issues which it cannot resolve. So, I switched to **Stellar Partition manager**. It can
    1. Resize mac partition
    2. Delete partition
    3. Create New Mac partition
    4. Hide and Reveal partitions on Mac

    Also, its interactive interface make this application very easy to understand and use.

    Inserito da steven ross | luglio 7, 2011, 05:53

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