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AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition

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Many people prefer to use a standalone disk management utility instead of the Windows Disk Manager for resizing and moving partitions, formatting disks, and other critical tasks. Until recently, most such tools have been premium software, but Aomei Partition Assistant Home Edition is a full-featured freeware disk management utility that can even be used commercially, which is great news for home and small businesses.

It can create, convert, hide, format, delete, wipe, resize, copy, split, merge, and move partitions, including altering existing partitions without data loss or corruption, on hard drives, flash drives, and similar storage devices. It works in Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and 7, both 32-bit and 64-bit editions.

Partition Assistant's blue tones, linear disk capacity displays, and toolbar make it a good fit for Office and similar suites, and the left-hand navigation panel and full menus not only display the program's features but make it a cinch to access them. Partition Assistant displayed our system's three physical disks (SSD, HDD, and USB) as well as each disk's partitions. We selected a nearly empty 140GB partition on our 2.5-inch hard drive and started by changing the drive letter and label, moving on to various formatting, resizing, and splitting options.

Since this drive only held an out-of-date backup, we weren't worried about reformatting and resizing it, but Partition Assistant didn't lose any data that we didn't deliberately overwrite by reformatting the disk. One especially useful feature is the ability to hide partitions. Many users like to "overprovision" their SSDs by partitioning off a percentage of the capacity to prevent all the drive's memory cells from filling. Hiding the partition makes it easy to keep from using it accidentally. Partition Wizard also has three Wizards to handle important jobs: Extend Partition, Disk Copy, and Partition Copy. The Partition Copy Wizard let us specify Quick Copy, which only copies the used space, and Sector-by-Sector, which copies the entire partition structure to a new disk.

Aomei Partition Assistant Home Edition would seem to be the most powerful and capable freeware disk partition utility we've tried. It's highly recommended for all users, and especially those with multidisk systems.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.0 stars

    out of 99 votes

    • 5 star: 64
    • 4 star: 12
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 17
  • Current version:

    3.8 stars

    out of 21 votes

    • 5 star: 12
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 5.0 stars

    "crucial program"

    April 11, 2014  |   By JasmineXzqxpd

    Version: AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition 5.5

    Pros

    It will benefit you a lot.Efficient and quick as possible.. Period.

    Cons

    not any that I can think right now. nada.

    Summary

    Does not waste your time. My favorite program together with MelodyOuest. ,

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  • 5.0 stars

    "worthy util"

    April 11, 2014  |   By dglbhgzOcelot

    Version: AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition 5.5

    Pros

    Really easy intefaceWas such a pain to remove all this malware

    Cons

    Absolutely none. :-)

    Summary

    Worth every penny. My top two must-have apps is this and VideoSonk. . Trust me.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "enjoyable application"

    April 11, 2014  |   By kgomoBrickney

    Version: AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition 5.5

    Pros

    Does the job exactlyYou wont need anything else. Period.

    Cons

    Zero for the moment. :-)

    Summary

    Absolutely great

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Free and Good Partition Software"

    March 20, 2014  |   By E-tyson

    Version: AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition 5.5

    Pros

    I mainly needed the software to 'simply' increase the partition on which Windows 7 is installed (because Microsoft made it impossible to do so, unless there is some free 'contagious' space on the same hard drive).
    Well I only just downloaded and installed the software, and I have to say it works like a charm!
    I'll also explore the further uses of the software in case it's useful for other situations (in the future).

    Cons

    Lack some features that the Aomei Partition Assistant Pro Edition has, such as:
    1. It cannot allocate free space from one partition to another
    2. It cannot migrate OS from MBR or GPT disk to SSD
    3. It cannot migrate system drive between MBR and GPT disks
    4. It cannot convert system or data disk between MBR and GPT styles
    5. It cannot convert dynamic disk to basic disk
    6. It cannot convert partition between primary and logical.

    If we want to do the above tasks, we have to upgrade to the Pro Edition by paying $49 to Aomei Technology or join the speical offer to get the Pro Edition with 60% OFF: http://www.disk-partition.com/specials/cnet-giveaway.html

    Summary

    It is good enough for home users to partition your hard drive!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works well - but BEWARE!"

    March 16, 2014  |   By rogerrabbitthefirst

    Version: AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition 5.5

    Pros

    Easy to use and efficient partitioning.

    Cons

    If you use this with Windows 8 you end up with a message "Loading System" which briefly displays on your screen every time you boot your computer. Unfortunately I was unaware of this, though others have suffered this to their cost too (Google it).
    This is VERY, VERY annoying!

    Summary

    Great if you can put up with the boot screen message.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Used to Extend Partition"

    February 24, 2014  |   By Lrack

    Version: AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition 5.5

    Pros

    I needed help getting rid of a dual boot configuration. I ended up with "free space in an extended partition" where the other OS was. The Windows disk manager wouldn't let me extend C: into it, so I found a forum where someone else had the same issue. Aomei was suggested as a solution. I downloaded it and was able to extend C: into the free space.

    Cons

    I'm not sure if this is a "con" or not: after extending C:, I pulled up the Windows disk manager and saw several partitions, two of which had a tb of space. YES, "terabytes" (on a 250gb drive). I restarted the machine and it wouldn't reboot (stay with me). I inserted my W7 install disk and was told "I can't fix this for you." I rebooted a second time and got "start normally", which worked. I then took the install disk out, rebooted again, without issue. I looked at the Windows disk manager and all was perfect. C: is restored and there's no trace of the dual OS configuration.

    Summary

    I have no clues about the boot issues. I can't remember if "start normally" was all I had to do from the git-go and panicked instead, but all is well. For someone who had never been through this exercise before, I found the software to be simple and pretty intuitive. Granted, my issue was a fairly simple one, but still... not bad at all, very happy with the outcome.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "it works & its free"

    February 22, 2014  |   By JoeNezZ

    Version: AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition 5.5

    Pros

    one nice tool for all my partitioning needs

    Cons

    this stupid review program demands "cons" even though I have none, if they want more reviews they need to remove these demands

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Didn't work,destroyed my bootloader partion."

    February 19, 2014  |   By jwahlund52

    Version: AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition 5.5

    Pros

    The only pro I can think of, it's free

    Cons

    Wouldn't format new hard drive and wouldn't delete old partions. No instruction that helped. couldn't select anything that I needed. Interface should be set up for old people.
    guy, at the computer service shop, said it only worked sometimes for him.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works so far"

    February 15, 2014  |   By dangnad1

    Version: AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition 5.5

    Pros

    Moves a partition creating unallocated space behind it.

    Cons

    Why does this partition program look and act like MiniTool?

    Summary

    AOMEI looks a lot like MiniTool. Version 7 MiniTool, on my machine for 3 years, failed to work properly in Jan 2014. Was it a poison pill? So I uninstalled MiniTool and installed AOMEI which works properly and repaired the damage done by MiniTool. AOMEI works fine so far but looks and operates like MiniTool. What's going on with these partition programs?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "My Go-To Partitioning Software"

    January 31, 2014  |   By BearPuppy

    Version: AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition 5.5

    Pros

    As the title says, this is my go-to partitioning app, a position its earned. I have two computers and the smaller laptop has consistently run low on data storage on its internal drive. As a consequence I've partitioned and re-partitioned that drive at least 3 different times. And 3 times running the Aomei app handled the task without a whimper.

    It also has a clean, easy to use interface and several checks to make sure you don't do something you shouldn't. No, its not 'proof from fools' but its just about there.

    Cons

    As long as you pay attention to what you're doing, none that I've found.

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