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kotzeel
kotzeel

I thought I will share this. The PC (aged 2007 with XP) at home was aching for increase of the logical partition size, for some time. Solutions available on the web allow you to download, run the application and then it says how it can fix, but please license this application first at $xxx. Well, since it is a once only fix, I thought there could be a better solution. But not working on the home PC everyday made me slow in attending to the issue. And then, along came this article. The first one I chose to download and install, was the Paragon free version. When requesting the re-size, it refused with the error message that it can't find two adjacent logical or two adjacent primary partitions. The home PC was set up with one logical and one primary partition. So, that was the end of the Paragon software, except ... I used the tool to take a look around at what else can be done, but never ran a job or commit anything. The next day on re-start of the PC it refused to load Windows. A major Windows repair was required, taking about 3 days in between other stuff. I am not saying that Paragon caused the Windows breakdown, but it was the only thing different on the PC. After repair, I downloaded and installed EaseUS. I was able to do the job. However (ahem) I wanted to do a little adjustment, but the software didn't want to do the work. No message, error or otherwise. Another thing about EaseUS is that it sets up a background job running from epmnews.exe, that has the PC running like it is taking off. According to read-up, it is not dangerous and is just busy gathering info - not sure what for.

mgascon
mgascon

Do you know of free disk partition for server 2003 +

ps.techrep
ps.techrep

The first screen shot for EaseUs Home version is erroneous. The edition comparison chart on the EaseUS site explicitly says that partition re-sizing is not included.

RS_1
RS_1

I just had a situation where Minitool worked, and Paragon Partition Master couldn't do what I needed. An ASUS restore disk had created two partitions, and I wanted to decrease the size of the D: partition and increase the C: partition size. C: was primary, D: was logical. For some reason, in the way it was created, Paragon could not take the unallocated space that I created in front of the D: drive and add it to the end of the C: drive. I tried several things, but none worked. MiniTool worked well. GIzmo's Freeware turned me onto it. :)

ruoccolv
ruoccolv

Do any of these work on RAIDED systems?

djrichard
djrichard

I know gparted recognizes JFS partitions. But gparted is linux based and I want to do this from a windows-based PC. Worse come to worse, I guess I can see if can boot a cdrom or usb stick with gparted. That can't be too hard right? Thanks!

michael
michael

After reading the title, I thought that this article was discussing mobile platforms, not Windows computer OS. "Apps" should be used when discussing mobile platforms - IOS, Android etc. "Applications" should be used for Windows, Mac, Linux etc. So the article title should have used the word "applications" to avoid confusion. TechRepublic editors- please pay attention to this distinction in the future!

support
support

Hi, Recuva should have been mentioned as it has saved many of my customers pics, songs, docs, etc. It';s free version is great and the full version is probably better although I have never needed it. The free one does throw too many recovered files at you and I imagine the Paid version allows you to use a more granular approach. Recuva is spelled correctly and that's my only beef as it sounds too ghetto. Great Product.

peter.brouwer
peter.brouwer

I'm missing the topic of partition alignment ( to sector block). Especially important for the new disks using 4K sector size and in environments where LUN's are used from external storage servers.

oldfield
oldfield

For defragging sake it is best not to mix your data with your system disk. Windows update followed by a defrag can take a long time if you have 0.5T of data. As noted, best to have multiple disks - but a system disk does not need to very big so what to do with that massive system physical disk. One problem of the windows partition (Win 7 anyway) is that it cannot move data. If you have restore point turned on then the default position of the restore points is a very annoying place when you want to do a partition. You have to turn off restore point so that these restore files get deleted before you can shrink the disk by any significant amount; then turn on the restore and recovery mechanism. I have had to do this every time before partitioning a system disk disk. Unfotunately this article does not cover whether these tools manage this.

silsoy
silsoy

The admin before me made the C: drive to small on a server, and I had to expand the drive. I didn't have any unallocated space, so I used AOMEI Partition Assistant Server Edition to reduce the size of the other and reallocate to the C:. Seemless.

Chaz Chance#
Chaz Chance#

Windows has come with a partition manager since NT which is quite capable of doing the job. None of the features mentioned in this article provide a convincing argument for using anything else. With the falling price of hard and solid state drives, its hard to see a reason for having additional partitions, beyond main and recovery, at all.

JCitizen
JCitizen

you have running in the background - a lot of software - including security software, will pop up like an IM message to tell you the latest news pertaining to the product or other software from the company. Your experience does sound concerning though. Have you tried Macrium Reflect - that is another one you don't have to buy, although I liked it so well I purchased it anyway. It was completely unnecessary to do so, though. With Macrium, it will prompt you do burn a Linux rescue CD, and I highly recommend that, because it is necessary to do an image restore, to find the XML file that automatically restores the image. I must admit though, that I never used it for partitioning. In fact, I can't remember if it can do that. I usually just use the built in Windows disc manager for that.

Bill_M.
Bill_M.

There's nothing erroneous there. In the comparison table, It says 'Advanced partitioning: RESIZE/move partition, merge partitions, split partition, convert FAT to NTFS, wipe, hide/unhide partition, set an Active Partition, defrag disk,....' Note that I already capitalized the word 'RESIZE' up there as you seem to have missed it. What you are talking about is the 'Resize volume (including system volume) on DYNAMIC DISC'. That's a different matter which the Free Home edition isn't capable of doing.

steve
steve

Easeus and Paragon do (Pro versions), are you talking Hardware or Software Raid?

steve
steve

Plenty of Linux Boot ISO's out there that have GParted as part of the system boot :)

sentellg
sentellg

Not really. Some of us have been using the word "apps" since before phone "apps" existed. I was not in the least confused.

Bill_M.
Bill_M.

Although Partition Master has the capability of recovering files as stated but Recuva doesn't automatically come to my mind when we talk about partition managers. I wonder why it does to you. Recuva has its own place in the File Recovery category.

steve
steve

I would have thought, maybe, that this article is about Partition managers not File recovery programmes, as useful as they undoubtedly are. :)

Chaz Chance#
Chaz Chance#

You shouldn't need to partition lots of discs. Surely you get one hard drive right, make an image of it, and then all new systems are made from the image? As for what the article doesn't mention, it is so light that one wonders if the writer has ever had to partition a disc. Certainly wouldn't call it a "comprehensive review".

steve
steve

Because partition manager in NT/2000/2003/XP will not let you resize a basic drive partition without losing data and you can't convert a basic system disc to Dynamic in some circumstances if the O/S was installed on a basic disc. When Windows server came out, 10GB partition was big enough, but with all the Spacks / updates, a minimum of 20GB is what's needed now. These programmes, Easeus in particular has allowed me to resize my system partitions without a problem to stop the servers complaining of no space on the system drive. I use a licensed copy of Easeus, Active@Boot (which is a boot disc system that incorporates the Activ@partition and have also used Paragon & GParted. These four have enabled me to recover from some very sticky situations over the years including broken Raid 5 systems! I also use a very low level programme from Boot-IT. Ever wanted to change an NTFS system to FAT32 just by changing the Bit, and editing MBR :) Don't do it on live systems though Never used the other programmes though.

JCitizen
JCitizen

using the disk manager console in Windows to do this same work on external drives. It shook my confidence in using it at all.

ruoccolv
ruoccolv

Actually both. We have some systems w/hardware raid and some w/software raid. Is there a product that can resize partitions for both of these configurations? Thanks.

Fairbs
Fairbs

I don't mind that phones co-opted the term apps (or aps?), but taking it over completely seems a bit much. From now on I think I'll refer to phone aps as applets since they are smaller aps that typically do little.

Chaz Chance#
Chaz Chance#

Recovery is a perfectly valid uses of a partition manager. However, the article makes no reference to recovery, nor does it discuss moving data. My point is still that "None of the features mentioned in this article provide a convincing argument...".