Modifying, copying, and backing up hard drives and partitions is a common task for PC technicians and desktop support personnel. Paragon Partition Manager 10 Professional is a tool designed to make these kinds of tasks easy for these IT pros. There is a lot to like in this package.Note: This review was performed based on the publically available trial edition of Paragon Partition Manager 10 Professional.
- Operating System: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and 7, 32-bit and 64-bit editions of all OS's
- Supported Disk Types: IDE, SATA, eSATA, SCSI, RAID (SCSI, IDE, and SATA), FireWire, USB, PC card storage
- Supported Removable Media: CR-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R DVD+RW, BD-R, BD-RE, Zip disks, Jazz disks
- Supported File Systems: NTFS, FAT16, FAT32, Ext2FS, Ext3FS, Linux swap (limited), HPFS, HFS+ (limited), all other file systems in sector-by-sector mode
- Hardware: Pentium 300 MHz, 256 MB RAM, 100 MB disk space, IE 5 (or better)
- Cost: $63.95
- Additional Information: Product Web site
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Who's it for?
IT professionals who support desktop computers will appreciate the functionality in Paragon Partition Manager Professional. For those who need to support servers, Paragon makes a version that supports them. Enthusiasts/hobbyists will also like the functionality, but the price tag may be a bit steep for something that will not be used frequently.
What problems does it solve?
While the standard partition and drive management tools that come with Windows have steadily improved over the years (such as the relatively recent addition of partition resizing), they still lack much of the functionality that desktop technicians require, such as drive and partition copying. Paragon Partition Manager addresses these shortcomings with a full feature set and an easy-to-use interface that helps ensure that costly mistakes are not made.
- Full Feature Set: Paragon Partition Manager has all of the functionality that one could want for managing their drives and partitions.
- Good User Interface: A mistake with a tool like this could wipe out critical data or wreck a machine; the user interface is easy to use and to understand, which helps to reduce mistakes.
- Good Wizards: The application has useful wizards which step you through some of the processes and highlight potential problems along the way.
What's wrong?Cost: Enthusiasts or hobbyist users will want to look at the less full featured Personal edition due to the cost of the Professional version.
Bottom line for business
Paragon Partition Manager 10 Professional is a Swiss Army knife when it comes to drive and partition management. You would be hard pressed to find a need that it cannot fulfill. In contrast to earlier versions, the user interface is much improved and easier to use. All the same, if you have an attachment to the old user interface, you can change back to it through a simple setting. This application is incredibly configurable as well, with sensible defaults selected out of the box.
The feature set is much deeper than just copying, resizing, and creating/deleted partitions, though. There is the ability to install a boot manager which allows easy partition recovery at system startup, for example. There is built-in defragmentation and disk integrity checking utilities. You can also use a WinPE recovery system to try to resurrect a dead system, as well as a boot CD to work with. Overall, the package is an outstanding combination of features.
Another great feature is the "virtual mode" where operations are queued up but not performed until the user gives the final OK; this is a great way to avoid mistakes and to make sure that you are really doing what you need to be doing on multi-step procedures. While the cost is a bit high for a home user, it is a fair price for a high quality, professional grade tool like this.
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Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.