Partition Your Hard Drive Freely with Partition Wizard

imageThere are a number of sound reasons to partition today’s large Hard Drives. The best reason I can think of (from a personal perspective), for partitioning is simply this – data organization.

Additional good reasons to partition could include, keeping your valuable data separate from the operating system so that if you are faced with an OS reinstall following an infection, you can do so without losing irreplaceable data. As well, a multiple boot configuration, which allow users to have more than one operating systems on a computer, requires multiple partitions.

While we’re talking about an OS reinstall following a malware infection, let me just remind you that partitioning is NOT a substitute for backing up your important data. Hard Drives can, and do, fail – much more often than most people realize. A good backup strategy is an absolute must.

On my new Windows 7 machine I have only one Hard Drive (although my other machines have multiple internal Hard Drives), so I have partitioned this drive as follows:

  • Partition 1 – Operating system and programs
  • Partition 2 – Data files
  • Partition 3 – Research projects
  • Partition 4 – Videos
  • Partition 5 – Music
  • Partition 6 – Photos

The are a number of free partitioning applications available for download over the Internet, but the one I have found to be the most useful, and easiest to use, particularly for those users who are less technically inclined is, Partition Wizard (last updated December 23, 2009).

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Partition Wizard with its simple user interface allows you to easily create, delete, format, move, and resize partitions. Users of 64 bit systems are in luck -Partition Wizard supports Windows Vista and Windows 7, 64 bit.

The Main interface of Partition Wizard has five parts: Tool Bar, Action panel, Legend bar, Disk map, and Disk / Partition List.

  • In the Tool Bar, some of the common functions of managing partitions are listed.
  • The Action Panel divides the functions into two sections: Partition Operations and Disk Operations. It also shows the partitioning operation commands not yet carried out by user.
  • The Legend bar at the bottom of the screen displays the different kinds of legends with various colors used in Partition Wizard.
  • The Disk Map gives an intuitive preview of the partitions, or the free spaces.
  • The Disk / Partition List shows all the disks and partitions in the system as well as detailed information about them.

After selecting a partition, you can carry out any of the numerous partitioning functions through the top menu, Tool Bar, Action Panel, or through the left click and right click of the mouse.

Some operations will require the computer to restart. When prompted, Partition Wizard will restart the computer and log in Windows in Native Mode to continue the unfinished operations. After your confirmation of restart, Partition Wizard will carry out this task automatically.

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Fast facts:

Resize/ Move partitions

Create partitions

Delete partitions

Change Partition Label

Delete all partitions

Format partitions

Convert file system

Explore Partition

Check Partitions

Recovery Partition

Wipe disk

Wipe partition

Copy partition

Copy disks

Initialize to MBR disk

Initialize to GPT disk

Supported File System: Supports the most commonly used Windows file systems, including FAT12, FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS.

Supported Hard Disks: Partition Wizard supports all hard disks recognized by Windows such as IDE, SATA, SCSI, USB external disks, Fire wire disks and so on. Partition Wizard also supports RAID devices. All OS-recognized RAID devices can be handled by Partition Wizard. Moreover, Partition Wizard supports disks with capacity up to 2TB. It will support up to 32 disks.

Download at: Download.com

Note: This edition is free for home uses only. However, there is a business edition, also free, which can be downloaded at Download.com.

A little extra something: A Partition Wizard Bootable CD is available, which allows users to boot a computer directly into Partition Wizard to manage partitions. Features include Rebuild MBR, Partition Recovery, Move/Resize Partition, Copy Partition, Create Partition, Delete Partition, Format Partition, Convert File System, Hide/Unhide Partition, Explore Partition and more.

Download Partition Wizard Bootable CD at: Partition Wizard

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4 responses to “Partition Your Hard Drive Freely with Partition Wizard

  1. Hi Bill,

    Very nice tutorial on Partition Wizard. You know what in coming Saturday I’m going to buy my 2nd PC, almost after 6 years. My current PC come with Intel 1.8Ghz processor and it smoothly handle Windows 7. Anyway, this time I’m going to buy a new PC with 2GB RAM, Intel Core 2 Duo processor and most importantly 500GB hard disk. Also going to add Nvida graphics card with 512MB memory. Now I can test what ever OS and software I want. My current PC don’t have graphics card so I miss so much feature of Windows 7. I’m little excited. I’m going to buy it with my own hard earn money which I earn through blogging. And this software will help me lot during partition creation on my new hard disk. 🙂

    Arafat

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Arafat,

      Since you are going to be running Win 7, you should know that Win 7 has a terrific built in partition utility. In fact, with Win 7, you can partition *during* the installation process.

      Good idea by the way, installing a separate graphic card – you’ll love the results!

      Congrats on your new purchase!

      Bill

  2. Partition wizard is something I have come across, but it’s partition magic I’ve used in the past… are they linked in any way or is this a rivel?

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Tony,

      No connection, but as I understand it, Partition Magic is no longer offered by Symantec. I can see why, given that Win 7 has a very adequate partition utility already built in.

      Bill