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MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition

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A full-featured disk management utility is something most experienced Windows users need, whether it's to add and format a new hard drive, configure a USB drive, or copy partitions or whole drives and move them to new drives. MiniTool Partition Wizard is a powerful but easy-to-use partition manager that does all that and much more, and it's free, too. It supports FAT, NTFS, EXT, and Linux Swap file systems, and all hard-disk types recognized by Windows, including RAID arrays. It's also compatible with both MBR and GPT partition tables. Partition Wizard supports hard disks of up to 2TB in capacity and up to 32 individual drives. New features include one-step partition extending and improved partition splitting as well as Windows 8 compatibility.

Partition Wizard's user interface is good-looking and also intuitively configured, with a layout resembling many similar tools, including Disk Manager. Bar graphs and tables displayed the capacity and status of all our system's drives, including its three logical partitions and USB thumbdrive. Even if you're familiar with disk-managing utilities, it's not a bad idea to start with Partition Manager's Help file, which does a great job of explaining each feature. And this program has features, starting with four Wizards: Copy Partition, Copy Disk, Partition Recovery, and Free Data Recovery. Each of these tools walks you through the steps necessary to perform these tricky operations. Speaking of Operations, Partition Wizard lists no fewer than 21 of them, everything from Align Partition to Surface Test. We could format, delete, copy, merge, split, explore, hide, and wipe partitions; set Active and Logical partitions; change serial numbers; and much more. You can also create a bootable CD that lets you use Partition Wizard during reboot to perform operations that you can't do when Windows is loaded.

Step 1 when making changes to your disk drives is always backing up your system, especially if you're making changes to your primary drive. All the tools we tried worked well, including the Move/Resize Partition Wizard, which let us set the partition by dragging it into place. MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition is a keeper.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.3 stars

    out of 584 votes

    • 5 star: 412
    • 4 star: 81
    • 3 star: 24
    • 2 star: 15
    • 1 star: 52
  • Current version:

    4.0 stars

    out of 32 votes

    • 5 star: 21
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Doesn't work on Win 7 64-bit"

    April 16, 2014  |   By Tryumph

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 8.1.1

    Pros

    Free, didn't seem to hurt anything.

    Cons

    Everything, since it installs OK but hangs when launching. Finally managed to kill the process with Task Manager, but took several tries.

    Summary

    Good luck ... maybe it's great on other systems.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Cant convert dynamic->basic"

    April 13, 2014  |   By whamlet

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 8.1.1

    Pros

    Cant convert dynamic drive to basic. Keep getting error message. That was the only thing I needed it for.

    Cons

    Cant convert dynamic drive to basic. Keep getting error message. That was the only thing I needed it for.

    Summary

    I even paid for professional version. Waste of money.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It WORKED!"

    April 9, 2014  |   By terrybuchanan

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 8.1.1

    Pros

    After spending all day unsucessfully trying to repartition a used computer I just bought down from 2 virtual drives to just one with the disk manager that comes with Windows 7, I randomly found out about this s/w on one the forum posts that several people recommended this. Glad I did, because it fixed my problem in just a few minutes - literaly.

    And it's FREE!!

    Cons

    Nothing encountered so far after about week since I used it to turn two logical drives into just one.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple and effecgtive"

    April 4, 2014  |   By llew_cain

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 8.1.1

    Pros

    Simple to use and shows up front in the free version what is recoverable. The online chat help was fantastic. From Sydney i was immediately answered by someone in Canada who solved my problem and got the recovery underway. I was impressed by the quality of the personal help.

    Cons

    no cons that i can think of

    Summary

    Great tool with fantastic online support through live chat.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple, Robust"

    April 3, 2014  |   By KingMango

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 8.1.1

    Pros

    I used it to shrink, and then create a new partition on my internal HD. I had no problems at all figuring out how to get that done. There are several other features that I have not had the need for yet.
    The way the program is designed it gives you a lot of confidence that you aren't going to irreversibly destroy anything.

    Cons

    I have not encountered any cons yet.

    Summary

    I will always use this program any time I have to partition an HD.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "perfect free tool"

    March 2, 2014  |   By trottamelissa54

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 8.1.1

    Pros

    free and fast and functional

    Cons

    none has been found

    Summary

    it is good enough for daily use and it is free. what else do you want?

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Program wont start"

    February 28, 2014  |   By ServileLupus

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 8.1.1

    Pros

    None the program wont start.

    Cons

    Re-installed it three times, freezes when trying to start up every time.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Brilliant and it's free!"

    February 18, 2014  |   By o0spyder0o

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 8.1.1

    Pros

    I needed a quick partition extension and tried a few free/trial versions out there and this one struck me as being the best of the bunch. It's well laid out and a breeze to use. The amount of help in the way of faq's/text and videos is the best. I was able to do what I needed in no time at all without any issues.
    I'm considering upgrading to the pro version for some extra features.
    What surprised me was that the software isn't even in some review lists and quite frankly I know some of those listed aren't as easy to use or have the features of this one. That's a shame as this easily beats them.

    Cons

    Nothing yet, what more do you want for nothing?

    Summary

    10/10
    Highly recommended

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great for resizing Bootcamp partitions"

    February 12, 2014  |   By Mister_Pink

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 8.1.1

    Pros

    Free
    Easy to use - couple clicks at most for partitioning/resizing

    Cons

    I only used it for the expand feature, so I found none :)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "the best free service i have ever received"

    February 9, 2014  |   By rafaelmcgraw2012

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 8.1.1

    Pros

    easy to use and free

    Cons

    no for me now

    Summary

    it just saved my life free of charge! it got my lost partition back.

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