Best free partition mgmt software

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  1. pepperer

    pepperer Registered Member

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    Hi,
    What free partition management software would you recommend?

    Right now my entire HD is C: so I'd like to split it in two and start storing my data on the new partition.

    Thanks.
     
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    Calling Wilders experts. :eek:

    What would you say is the best freeware partition mgmt software to use to take a hard drive that is all C: and partition it so that it is half C: and half D:?

    Multiple recommendations welcome but only ones that you actually "recommend" please.
     
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    Theres a brand new Alpha version already availabe for download by PARTED MAGIC, seems the developer is going ahead with further development of this CD.

    All i can offer is that it rescued 2 completely lost partitions lately due to it's testdisk PROGRAM implimented in it. Not even the high dollar ERD Commander or PARAGON were of any use to locate them.

    This one i have locked away just for such emergencies in the future. It saved me from wiping my drives by a hair-tooth, a last resort that came thru like a champ.
     
  7. pepperer

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    Thanks guys. I'll check those out. :thumb:
     
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    Nice find. Thanks Innerpeace, kudos to Brian K, EASTER and Hairy Coo as well. Have been very happy with BING, but this seems like a great lil` tool, with perhaps a few more options, to add to the arsenal. Grabbing the ISO and USB as well. :thumb:
     
  9. Brian K

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    pepperer,

    Parted Magic will be fine for your usage. A concern is..

    http://partedmagic.com/docs/gparted.html

    Since you won't be moving data, go ahead. But as with all partitioning, have a backup.

    It's free. It's not what I use.
     
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    Theres many MUST HAVES!! CD's, and you can surely count this one in that mix.

    In all my windows experience i never seen where all my ER cd's failed miserably and nearly drove me to wipe out the disk, and i was a hair-tooth from that untill i run PartedMagic (Linux) and let TESTDISK "search deeper" feature surface my lost partitions. It 100% recovered them!!!

    Now that's real progress!!
     
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    Thanks, but I don't deserve any of the credit. I merely posted what some folks have "suggested".

    @ Brian K, I hope I didn't upset you by mentioning your name. I did use the words "seems to be recommended", but perhaps my words were a bit strong. I was only going by your post here. I only mentioned the names I did because I certainly consider all three users as experts :).
     
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    innerpeace.

    No problems. I do recommend it for most situations. I've resized the OS partition on computers several times and for partitioning an empty HD it is superb. It's just the concern about moving partitions.
     
  13. pepperer

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    I guess I don't understand. What's the difference between resizing a partition and moving one? I'm trying to resize one, right ? Because I'm trying to make room to create a D: on my hdd.
     
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    The "move" refers to moving the start of the partition boundary and this involves moving data. There is usually very data towards the end of a partition so only slight data movement if you resize from the end of the partition.

    Let's say you resized a partition by shifting the start of the partition rather than the end, then Parted Magic could cause problems.
     
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    This obviously has to be treated with caution. I managed to corrupt my partitions and remembered seeing this post, but using Testdisk did not help. It recovered one partition and corrupted the primary. Fortunately I had images and rebuilt on another disk.
     
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