Partition Wizard Business Edition
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Full user review
"It worked, and it didn't mess up my system"
I was able to adjust the sizes of my partitions
The help is not very helpful. I ended up using a lot more trial-and-error than I am comfortable with when I'm making changes to my system.
Just to be clear, what I used is Partition Wizard Professional v5.0. Since that isn't listed on download.com, I'm putting my review under this version.
I just started using a new Win 7 laptop. It's default configuration had a fairly small C: partition for software and a larger D: partition for data. I wanted to increase C: at the expense of D:
Partition Wizard running under Windows was able to reduce D: no problem. However, it was unable to increase C:, because according to it the C: partition was in use. The program told me to reboot, saying that the changes would take place when the system booted up. However, it couldn't manage that either, so I was left with two small partitions and a lot of unallocated space.
At that point I downloaded an iso file from MT Solutions web site and burned it to a CD. I then booted from the CD, which I guess has a mini operating system that runs Partition Wizard. Running without Windows, I was able to resize C:.
I then rebooted back into Windows, and much to my relief, everything still worked.
So the software works, but if it is to be used by non-IT pros like me, it really needs better help information. Nowhere was it made clear that if you want to resize the boot partition you need to download additional software, burn a CD, and boot from the CD. The process makes sense when you think about it, but if you start off knowing nothing about the process you tend to rely on the software publisher's information, which isn't adequate.