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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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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:

    4.7 stars

    out of 15 votes

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

    "Quick and easy to use"

    October 8, 2012  |   By suddenvident

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.6

    Pros

    split the partition easily

    Cons

    None at all.

    Summary

    I have only one partition of 80 gb on which windows8 is installed.i want to create another partition from this hard disk, i have used some partition manager, but they do not allow to split partition containing windows 8. luckily this software support windows 8.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Superb partition manager and disk utility"

    October 6, 2012  |   By drdfwatt

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.6

    Pros

    1) great feature set with excellent program of tools
    2) among those, will align partitions, which many programs still will not and which is essential to SSD health and longevity.
    3) multiple wizards for the technically faint of heart
    4) manual control for the rest of us

    Cons

    1) No major ones to speak up but wish it would do disk check from boot CD

    Summary

    Best freeware partition manager, and not by a little.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "OUTSTANDING PROGRAM AND SO SIMPLE"

    October 4, 2012  |   By jerrya211

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.6

    Pros

    SIMPLICITY

    Cons

    NONE THAT I HAVE FOUND

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A reliable tool"

    October 2, 2012  |   By Andreas Mardersteig

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.6

    Pros

    Does the job like expected

    Cons

    In the old days we had Norton Utilities ...

    Summary



    Updated on Oct 2, 2012

    My fault! Not Norton Utilities, Partition Magic it was! It works very reliable, only at the very end of my work, I had to leave a little disk space (8 MB or so) unused, this bug is known by the programmers.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Worked well."

    October 2, 2012  |   By nefertittine

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.6

    Pros

    Very attractive program and relatively easy to use. It did what I needed.

    Cons

    There should be a warning that all actions that we take are queued. Several of my initial attempts were queued and if I hadn't noticed I could have accidentally deleted important files.

    Summary



    Updated on Oct 2, 2012

    Overall, I recommend this product. I'm grateful to a forum member on another site for suggesting it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "extend partition in one step! so cool!"

    September 25, 2012  |   By appleq54

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.6

    Pros

    it can directly taking free space from other partition or unallocated space on the same disk to extend the partition, which your want to extend.

    Cons

    no cons...

    Summary

    convenient software, for extending partition

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  • 5.0 stars

    "create partition easily."

    September 17, 2012  |   By fforgetit

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.6

    Pros

    works perfectly

    Cons

    not found, yet.

    Summary

    I had only one partition in my hard disk. my data was a mess. in the same partition, i want to save different data in in different partition, so i need create new partitions, thanks this software, did it perfectly.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple Clean Works!"

    September 17, 2012  |   By intriqken

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.6

    Pros

    Easy to use - completely intuitive.
    Works flawlessly each and every time.
    NEVER a problem when partitioning with MiniTool

    Cons

    No cons really.
    I just wish it worked with MAC disks as well

    Summary

    If you need to partition, resize, and format, this is the only program you need and you will be able to use it perfectly the first time.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use and FREE"

    September 15, 2012  |   By tazman171

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.6

    Pros

    Free and works very well. Has many features that you would expect to pay for. Th boot-able disc option is great.

    Cons

    None, really, can't think of any.

    Summary

    I've used this program to add linux to windows drive, copy partitions to another drive and then back to a new drive, resize and move partitions, recover lost partitions and much more. Very versatile program.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "excellent software, easy to use after watching video"

    September 13, 2012  |   By Kateri Tekakwitha

    Version: MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.6

    Pros

    performs well, creates partitions effortlessly

    Cons

    none that I've found

    Summary

    good choice for partitioning into different sectors.

    Updated on Sep 13, 2012

    good choice for partitioning into different sectors.

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