MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition

MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 591 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
7.5
File Size:
19.81MB
Date Added:
June 21, 2012
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
13,053,960
Downloads Last Week:
63,124
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Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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  • All Versions:

    4.3

    out of 591 votes

    • 5 star: 418
    • 4 star: 81
    • 3 star: 24
    • 2 star: 15
    • 1 star: 53
  • Current Version:

    4.2

    out of 40 votes

    • 5 star: 28
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 7
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  • 5 stars

    "Does what it promises"

    July 09, 2014   |   By okodoko

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 8.1.1

    Pros

    Fast and intuitive

    Cons

    I had no problems

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  • 5 stars

    "Did exactly what I wanted"

    June 05, 2014   |   By larrydaleparker

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 8.1.1

    Pros

    Did exactly what I wanted.

    Free.

    Cons

    None known.

    Summary

    I downloaded MiniTool Partition Wizard Free for a specific purpose. The hard drive on my Dell Windows 7 laptop contained both C and D volumes. I wanted to delete D and expand C, but the Windows Disk Manager wouldn't do the job. The MiniTool Wizard accomplished both tasks with no drama.

    I haven't tried any of the other features so far.

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  • 5 stars

    "Free works well"

    June 03, 2014   |   By TECHCRZY

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 8.1.1

    Pros

    Free
    Simple
    Decent UI
    Works well
    No nasty tagalongs

    Cons

    NNNN//AAAA

    Summary

    I like this program its quick and efficient at such tasks as formatting resizing and creating partitions.

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  • 5 stars

    "Works great, awesome free software."

    May 10, 2014   |   By michaelbrawn

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 8.1.1

    Pros

    - Easy to use
    - Quick

    Cons

    - Some GUI problems in a high DPI environment

    Summary

    Was able to easily expand my partition, which OSX wasn't able to do.

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  • 5 stars

    "SAVED MY FILES, WORK & FAMILY PHOTOS!!!!"

    May 10, 2014   |   By jeffym71

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 8.1.1

    Pros

    It did what other programs didn't do and for FREE!

    Cons

    Nothing yet

    Summary

    Normally I back up all my files especially my work and various expensive program files, but like an idiot the past few weeks I hadn't. Hectic week.
    Anyways - I woke up to an unresponsive laptop days ago. It wouldn't work in safe mode, would shut down and recycle to the same page over and over again. When I tried to put the hard-drive in an external to get the files it wouldn't read correctly. Said it was damaged. I tried just about everything. Hooking it into another laptop, on my Linux computer to attempt to retrieve ... nothing.
    So I came here first. I downloaded one other "free" program that didn't work. It showed files, but for whatever reason was complicated and couldn't grab them without paying the extra "premium fees" so I did one last search.
    I found MINITOOL PARTITION WIZARD which located ALL my files on my "dead" hard-drive. I began to send them to my other laptop to restore them and discovered a tab that fixes problems with the hard-drive. So I said the heck with it after uploading the files I really needed and selected it. It CLEANED the problems out of the drive!
    So after days of stressing this program fixed it FOR FREE and in about 15 mins. I didn't even read the instructions! LOL
    If anything attempt the fix tool which reads errors on your drive. That's all I needed to do and couldn't initially because no other computer or external would allow access to the hard-drive. This program did.
    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

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  • 5 stars

    "Rescued me!"

    May 07, 2014   |   By mordoobadi

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 8.1.1

    Pros

    I tried Partition Recovery Wizard and it recovered my lost volume partitions in a couple of minutes.

    Cons

    Nothing I have noticed so far.

    Summary

    I accidentally removed my second HDD volume that contained my most important files. I felt so bad. I found this tool and I was able to recover my volume and partitions in a couple of minutes.

    I am relieved.

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  • 1 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 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 stars

    "It WORKED!"

    April 09, 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 stars

    "Simple and effecgtive"

    April 04, 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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