Softpedia Editor's Review for Partition Magic
A complex harddisk manager for your system
Written by Elena Opris on February 23rd, 2012
Read an in-depth analysis in our professional review for Partition Magic
Partition Magic is a partition editor that allows you to safely create, combine and resize hard-disk partitions up to 300GB without damaging the information. It is the go-to solution when you wish to undo the mistakes from a disk partitioning process during a Windows installation.
With Partition Magic you have the possibility to divide one hard drive into several partitions or viceversa, as well as to safely run and switch through multiple operating systems on the same computer (via BootMagic).
In addition, the utility can be launched from a bootable disk and allows users to browse through files, view and edit them on more than one type of file system. If you have any questions or doubts about how to use Partition Magic, then watch the presentation to better understand the concepts and keywords.
The software supports USB external drives, as well as FAT, FAT32, NTFS, Ext2, and Ext3 files systems. An obvious advantage of the software is that in case you wish to increase the size of a NTFS partition, you do not even have to restart your computer.
It is crucial to always remember to perform a file back-up before applying a radical action onto your hard-disks (Partition Magic can schedules backups for you as well).
The bottom line is that Partition Magic works great, but only on older operating systems, such as Windows XP. Unfortunately, Symantec has recently announced they are no longer working on Partition Magic in the future, due to various issues encountered by users.
Partition Magic description
Here are some key features of "Partition Magic":
· Divides a single hard drive into two or more partitions
· Lets you safely run multiple operating systems on the same PC
· BootMagic makes it easy to switch between different operating systems
· Allows you to copy, move, resize, split, or merge partitions as needed without losing data
· How-to wizards guide you step by step through the partitioning process
· Intuitive Windows-based browser lets you find, copy and paste files in both Windows and Linux partitions
· Allows you to create and modify partitions up to 300 GB
· Supports USB 2.0, USB 1.1, and FireWire external drives
· Supports FAT, FAT32, NTFS, Ext2, and Ext3 file systems
· Converts partitions among FAT, FAT32, and NTFS without losing data
· Allows you to enlarge an NTFS partition without restarting your computer
· Resizes NTFS system clusters to the most effective size
· Supports operations on partition sizes as large as 300 GB when partition is less than 90% full. Larger hard drives may require additional memory.
· For these devices, operation on partitions with no open files.
· Windows XP Home Edition/Professional
· 233MHz or higher processor
· 128 MB of RAM
· Windows 2000 Professional
· 150MHz or higher processor
· 64 MB of RAM
· Windows NT WS/Me/98/98SE
· 150MHz or higher processor
· 32 MB of RAM
· Required for all installations
· 55 MB of available hard disk space
· DVD or CD-ROM drive
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· New file management features that include the ability to browse files, and view and manipulate files or folders on multiple types of file systems.
· New NTFS features enabling you to choose the cluster size on creating a new NTFS partition or changing the cluster size of an existing NTFS partition, and NTFS format versioning (NTFS 1.4 to the latest). (This feature requires 256 MB of RAM for drives over 120 GB in size).
· Enhanced Copy Partition functionality letting you choose the partition type (logical or primary) for the destination partition and whether that partition is to be resized.
· Changes in the UI, primarily in the main screen, that adopts a Windows XP look and feel.
· Support for Linux EXT2 and EXT3 file systems.
· Support for partitions up to 160 GB, containing up to 145 GB of data.
· New and improved wizards.
· Macromedia Flash presentation to help you understanding partitions, operating systems, file systems, installing an additional operating system, and PartitionMagic best...