Freeware/Payware Partition Managers

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by TheKid7, Apr 1, 2009.

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  1. TheKid7

    TheKid7 Registered Member

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    I tried to find a nice thread at Wilders that shows a list of freeware and/or payware Hard Drive Partition Managers. I did not find one. What are some good payware and freeware Hard Drive Partition Managers?

    Thank you.
     
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    Some like Ranish. Free I think. Personally I liked partition magic 8. I still use it. Don't know what new versions are like, but that one does everything but slice your bread.

    Sul.
     
  4. RAD

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    Here is the dwonload page for all of paragon's "Express" (free) versions, including Partition Manager Express. They are a very reputable company, and although their express versions lack some features of the full versions, they work reliably.

    http://www.paragon-software.com/downloads/free_downloads.html

    I have resized and created partions with PMX.
     
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    Version 8.5 is not current. HDM is now 2009

    But waht do we expect for free ? :D
     
  8. yashau

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    I strongly believe that GParted is the best free offering available right now.
     
  9. Mrkvonic

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    I also think Gparted is the best option.

    Mrk
     
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    Easeus Partition Manager Home - Free and excellent !
     
  11. TheKid7

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    Thanks everyone for your advice.

    I have limited experience with GParted. One time I did a "zero" write to all of a 120 GB SATA1 hard drive. I then booted with the GParted bootable CD but it did not recognize the hard drive. I then booted with Puppy Linux and the Gparted in Puppy Linux recognized the hard drive and then I was able to easily partition and format the drive. I have always wondered why the GParted bootable CD did not recognize the hard drive. Any comments?

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  12. yashau

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    I think the driver support is limited with their bootable CD. I've always found the GParted in Ultimate Boot CD to work well.
     
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    BING! is da bomb !
     
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    I had forgotten about purchasing the complete package from Terabyteunlimited last November. I tried it out on my 'Test' computer which has Windows 7 Beta installed on it. It had the two partitions made by the Windows 7 installation (~40 GB total) and ~200 GB partition (240 GB hard drive, unformatted size). I resized the ~200 GB partition (which contained one file ~4.5 GB) to ~100 GB and created a ~100 GB partition (ntfs) with the remaining space. Everything seemed to be easy.

    One Question: I noticed in Huffy's tutorial videos for BING that Windows does not recognize(?) the ntfs format created by BING, thus requiring formatting again in Windows. I "also" found that I had to format to ntfs with Windows because it showed the newly created partition as RAW. What causes Windows not to recognize the ntfs format created by BING?

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  15. bktII

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    http://paulski.com/zpages.php?id=1611
    "There is just one limitation with BiNG that has been a minor irritating and that is that it cannot format NTFS partitions. Surprising since it can non-destructively resize them. It can "create" NTFS labelled partitions but they will be "raw" when later seen by an Operating System.
     
  16. Brian K

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    There are several NTFS versions. Win NT, Win 2000 and Win XP each use a different NTFS version. I'm not sure about Vista.

    Quoting Dan Goodell...

    I was concerned too, before I understood the reason.
     
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    Grrrr, I missed it !!!
     
  19. MerleOne

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    I think it's a licensing issue : NTFS format is not free, and since there is little use in formatting from BING, since you are going to reboot a system that does understand NTFS, I think the developer didn't include it. And I am sure he has more than the knowledge to do it !
     
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