MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition
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Full user review
"Awesome tool for expanding disk partition"
Easy installation; simple interface; easily and flawlessly expanded existing partition
The interface could be a little slicker looking, but am I really gonna complain about a free program that works as promised? Absolutely not!
This is an awesome tool! I have a RAID 1 configuration (two mirrored drives) which I partitioned as C: and D: drives. I have been stressing for months over the fact that C: was running out of space. (I had even begun installing programs on D: to keep C: from filling up completely.) The Microsoft method of expanding a partition sounded so ridiculously complicated that I had no confidence I could pull it off. (I'm computer savvy, but not a certified geek.) I started Googling to see if anyone makes a tool to expand a partition and stumbled on MiniTool Partition Wizard. The home version was free and had gotten such great reviews from CNet and others that I figured I would give it a try. I installed it, set it to expand the C: partition by 50%, clicked Apply -- and held my breath. My computer re-booted and, before Windows loaded, Partition Wizard performed its magic. I watched nervously as it told me it was copying files, moving data, changing the size of partitions, etc. (It has a great interface which tells you exactly what it's doing and how far into the process it is.) Once Partition Wizard was finished, Windows started normally. I got a a Windows message saying that new hardware had been installed and I needed to reboot (which I thought was a little odd), so I clicked Restart and once again held my breath. Windows re-started normally, the partition sizes had been changed and (knock on wood) everything seems to be working just fine. For those of you who like to keep system files on a separate partition from data files (as I do), this program is amazing: you no longer have to worry that you are stuck with the original partition size for all time. While I would not mess around changing partition sizes on a daily basis, it is great to know that this product is available and works as promised if the need to expand a partition does arise!