Partition Wizard Home Edition

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  • 3.0 stars

    "It works, apparently."

    April 15, 2010  |   By azjazz


    Free Partitioning Software!
    It supports Win7 x64!
    It seemed to work fine on my RAID 5 hard drive configuration.
    Good User Interface.


    It is ridiculously SLOW.
    It lost the assigned drive letter for the final parttion.


    I have used other hard drive partitioning software in the past. For the last few years, I have used the Acronis Disk Director Suite. However, Acronis DD doesn't support Win7 x64 yet.

    So, I download PW HE5.0. While it did work, but it took about 1 1/2 hours to expand an existing 500 GB partition into a 200 GB unallocated space next door (700 GB final).

    On Acronis DD, a simple operation like this would have only taken a few minutes. However, PW-HE5 apparently resizes the partition, and then recopies all of the files into the new partition. I guess the new partition will be pretty much defragmented, at least (which it was).

    A minor inconvenience was that the assigned drive letter was lost after the partition expansion. I had previously assigned a different drive letter for the partition, and it was changed the next available drive letter. I'm not sure what would have happened if the primary boot partition / OS partition was resized. My OS may not have rebooted if I had changed any of those drive letters. Again, this wasn't a problem with Acronis DD.

    This software would have gotten a solid 5 from me if the resizing was quicker and the assigned drive letter didn't get lost.

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