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MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition

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MiniTool's Partition Wizard Home Edition is a free disk utility that adds powerful partition management capabilities to both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows installations. It can create, delete, resize, format, copy, convert, and hide partitions; change drive letters; convert dynamic disks back to basic disks; and perform critical tests and maintenance duties. It supports most disk types, including removable storage devices like flash drives and memory cards.

Partition Wizard's interface resembles recent Windows editions, with a familiar blue-toned navigation pane and color-delineated bar graphs for each disk partition. It opened with a detailed display of our system's disks and partition information, including a flash drive in a USB port. We opted to test Partition Wizard on the flash drive since there's no lack of tools for managing hard-drive partitions, but they don't always handle removable drives so well. We ran our little flash drive through its paces, gaining quick familiarity with this powerful but easy-to-use software. We like the Operations Pending window, which collects all selected procedures, awaiting your Apply or Undo command. Another nice touch is a Wizard file menu for quickly accessing the program's wizard-based copy and recovery tools. We clicked Format Partition to reformat our flash drive's FAT partition as NTFS, and then clicked Apply to initiate the change, which called up a caution message about open applications. Clicking Surface Test called up a dialog with the familiar animated block map display, whereas the Wipe Partition control offers several levels of disk-wiping. Simple commands like labeling partitions or changing drive letters are handled by small pop-ups, and more-powerful tools, like Copy Partition, offer much greater levels of detail and control. You can also download a free bootable, burnable CD ISO image that lets you boot into Partition Wizard to manage partitions without limitations, including functions like merging partitions and rebuilding Master Boot Records.

Partition Wizard Home Edition is a great example of the sort of freeware that can both simplify and enhance Windows' capabilities. It's an all-in-one disk partition manager that earns our top recommendation.

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    4.3 stars

    out of 584 votes

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

    4.4 stars

    out of 47 votes

    • 5 star: 32
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 3.0 stars

    "Win 7 32bit issues."

    February 4, 2013  |   By danprtr

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.0

    Pros

    Lots of features and looks nice.

    Cons

    Same as T00nC3s mentioned which is: when copying a boot disk to a new disk, the new disk will not boot (until you follow T00nC3s's repair procedure). This would be more forgivable if the website referenced the error's through search or in the troubleshooting section. Speaking of which, troubleshooting section written in simple tutorial form.... with no technical depth or reference to error messages.

    Summary

    Useful, but use Google search for troubleshooting, not the vendors website.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does everything I need!"

    January 16, 2012  |   By zjsner

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.0

    Pros

    he best and most safe partition manager.

    Cons

    Have not found any.

    Summary

    I am installing Windows 7 on XP-computer. i searching the simplest, safest program to resize and create partitions And, it needs to be free. This software is the very one. :D.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great partition tool."

    January 14, 2012  |  

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.0

    Pros

    Very straight forward to use.

    Cons

    Only improvement I could want was to have it run under Linux.

    Summary

    Same features as Partition Magic but free.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy and Powerful Disk Management"

    January 14, 2012  |   By 888rkw888

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.0

    Pros

    Interface was easy to use. Made moving, shrinking, and extending partitions a breeze.

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great program, easy to handle"

    January 9, 2012  |   By easonm20

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.0

    Pros

    free, easy to handle.

    Cons

    did not encounter a negative

    Summary

    I have two partitions on one harddrive and I am currently only using the first partition which is C: and I want to format D: , yeah, it did the right thing.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome!! and of course free!!"

    January 9, 2012  |   By abhishek929

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.0

    Pros

    Will do everything that you will ever need to do

    Cons

    nothing!! not even one

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  • 5.0 stars

    "it just works perfectly"

    January 4, 2012  |   By buzz61

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.0

    Pros

    free, easy to use,

    Cons

    Have not found any

    Summary

    after clearing almost everything off of my windows 7 partition i still need 1 more gb of space for swtor and have nothing left to delete. ive tried using disk management but i really dont know how to do it, a friend recommanded this software to me, it just works perfectly.:)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does the job"

    December 30, 2011  |   By cpsesq

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.0

    Pros

    It works and is easy to use.

    Cons

    None that I found

    Summary

    With this software I was able to determine that that a partition I cloned was useless. Then I was able to delete it and allocate space to the primary partition by using this software. It had me reboot the computer to finish the job. Everything went smoothly with no problems. It is great free software.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best software to format and partition hard disk"

    December 26, 2011  |   By saybye

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.0

    Pros

    installed properly, free , easy to use.

    Cons

    none, so far

    Summary

    The best software to format and partition hard disk, minimizing the waste of space

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works great!"

    December 26, 2011  |   By matismf

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.0

    Pros

    Can resize Windows and Linux partitions on the same machine.

    Cons

    Only runs in Windows. It's a shame they don't offer it in Ubuntu as well...

    Summary

    If you run a multiple-boot option system, MiniTool Partition Wizard gives you the capability to work ALL your partitions from within Windows. Currently using it in Windows 7 Home Premium. Previously used it in Windows XP Professional. No problems in EITHER O/S.

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