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SwissKnife

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  • All versions:

    2.8 stars

    out of 170 votes

    • 5 star: 53
    • 4 star: 20
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    • 1 star: 70
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    2.4 stars

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It didn't work for me."

    November 24, 2005  |   By zahadumy

    Version: SwissKnife 3.09

    Pros

    I have 1 SATA drive with 1 FAT32 partition, 5 NTFS partitions, 1 ext2 partition and 2 ext3 partitions. I just wanted to delete 1 NTFS partition and extend the partition near it with all the space. Partition Magic 8 wouldn't let me delete that NTFS partition with a stupid error: "unknown file system". Swiss Knife did it.

    Cons

    After this, I tried to extend the other partition but Swiss Knife tells me that I have no free space on my hdd. All my space looks already partitioned. :-/

    At least, it solved part of my problem and I managed to extend the other partition using Partition Magic 8.

    It had an ugly interface and some annoying advertising when you start it, but it doesn't matter for me as long as it solved my problem.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Wiped my hard drive"

    November 19, 2005  |   By nickwebb

    Version: SwissKnife 3.09

    Cons

    I created a new partition OK but it wiped the remainder of the drive for no apparent reason. Use at your own risk! I recovered all data using "getdataback" but still, an annoying 6 hour inconvenience I could have done without!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Worked perfect the first time and was easy to use."

    November 15, 2005  |   By fredload

    Version: SwissKnife 3.09

    Pros

    This program was perfect for what I needed. I had two drives that were already partitioned, and I needed to delete the partions without losing any data. This program made it easy and it worked like a charm the first time. And most importantly it saved me $20-$60 bucks, because it is free. I would highly recommend this program if you need to delete or repartition a drive.

    Cons

    There is a start up ad for the company's other products at the begining that is annoying. But since it is free, I can live with it.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "BAH! WinXP w/ 2 HDD, SK3 crashes"

    November 13, 2005  |   By CC2k3

    Version: SwissKnife 3.09

    Pros

    The small file size was right for it's functionality and features.

    The "Details" function worked sometimes.

    The "Partition and Format" function recognized one drive, crashed on the other drive.

    Easy to install, uninstalled cleanly.

    Cons

    I read the other reviews, so I was cautious.. and for good reason. The system I wanted this for was a 3 yr. old DELL, with an added 80GB WesternDigital, formatted in NTFS under 1 partition. The original disk was a Hitachi 60GB NTSF, Win XP Home installed on both drives.

    For whatever reason, it wouldn't do anything to the 80GB except give default "details". Click any other function other than that, and the program crashed crashed with a .dll error message. It did, however, go into further detail on the 60GB, including offer to partition or format that drive. But the partitioning was needed on the 80GB. So after installing it twice, from 2 different downloads, and installing the program on both drives with the same results (failure), in the Recycle Bin it went.

    Better luck to you, if you risk it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Whoa! My hard drive works!!"

    October 31, 2005  |   By reyak

    Version: SwissKnife 3.09

    Pros

    I spent 6 hours trying to find a program to do this correctly (without killing my computer), and twice the time trying to do it myself. This stupid program fixed the problem perfectly within 30 seconds...how annoying!

    Cons

    you cant find it! You need far more advertising!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use, Work were XP fail to"

    October 29, 2005  |   By simcity1976

    Version: SwissKnife 3.09

    Pros

    I had a drive that was FAT 32 and the partition got messed up. I used PC Inspector File Recovery to get what files I could and for some reason XP wouldn't let me format the drive, But this baby did it. and it was free, this is a IT tool to have.

    Cons

    didn't find any

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Worked WONDERFULLY on the first try"

    October 9, 2005  |   By yummy111

    Version: SwissKnife 3.09

    Pros

    Worked, period. (Thanks mostly to pacman13's review - simply followed the advise of setting it up and it worked the first try.)

    If you are looking for something to make >32GB partitions in Windows 2000/XP, this is the answer.

    Spyware free and freeware - can't beat that!

    Cons

    Not as intuitive as I'd like

    Odd "final step"

    Don't like advertisement for other software on startup.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Ugly but possible to create large FAT32 under XP/W2k"

    September 30, 2005  |   By pacman13

    Version: SwissKnife 3.09

    Pros

    No other download-and-do-it-now way (afaik) to create >32GB FAT32 filesystems under W2k or XP. Unlike other reviewers, it did uninstall for me without problem. I tried this on a wipeable victim machine and can see no residual ill effects. And I did manage to create a 80GB FAT32 fs on a USB removable drive under XP.

    Cons

    Un- and counter-intuitive, fragile, very little Right about this app unless you can read the minds of the authors.

    I wanted to make a big FAT32 fs on a 80GB removable (USB) drive. So I tested my drive under XP with NTFS. Fine. But how to get a large FAT32 fs? I couldn't use DOS-based apps without tracking down USB drivers and I didn't want to create an ME system just for this. But I always have a victim machine with a destroyable, clean, XP image, so I installed on that. I then ran SwissKnife 3.09.

    I learned: (1) SK3.09 can't do anything to the drive if there's an FS already there. Back to XP disk tool,

    clear the fs. (2) SK3.09 crashed immediately if I asked it to work on a disk with a partition but no fs. Back to XP disk tool to delete partition as well. (3) Ask SK3.09 (via the menu item, not a button on screen) to "partition and format" and I got a screen with FAT32 selected, and the size set to 1 block - but it looks pretty much like it's set to "all" instead of "nothing". If you click Create, you get an error - bet you didn't notice you were trying to create an FS with 1 block - so go grab the little vertical slider thingie and move it all the way down. Then click Create and it works (very fast), and says that the FS will appear "in a little while" (my paraphrase from memory). Indeed, Disk Manager didn't notice the new FS for almost 5 minutes; I totaly don't get this. Also during that time, XP's "remove hardware" thing showed the device as busy - try later. But Explorer let me put files in there, etc, almost immediately. After Disk Manager saw the fs, I removed the drive and plugged it into a production XP machine and it's all good. Then I tried to remove the SK3.09 from the victim machine, primarily because other reviewers said it didn't work - mine removed without a hitch.

    BOTTOM LINE: although a bit of a struggle, this struggle sucked much less than any immediately available alternative that I know of.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I can't get it to do ANYTHING AT ALL"

    September 25, 2005  |   By grogthecaveman

    Version: SwissKnife 3.09

    Pros

    none

    Cons

    After going through the help docs for over an hour, I couldn't get this app to do antything. ALl the buttons are grayed out. I have no idea what is going on with this program.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "CONSTANLY BOMBS!"

    September 20, 2005  |   By Bintiha2

    Version: SwissKnife 3.09

    Pros

    It would be a great product... if it worked.

    Cons

    Constaly blows up, never commits changes.... Why even use it?

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