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Create, format or rename partitions to better manage your available space with the help of this lightweight and practical application

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Hard disks are the ones that store all the information on a computer, and partitions are meant to help you better sort all this data. Since you are the only one who knows which method is the best for organizing your files, you can choose the number and size of partitions using a dedicated tool. Such a utility, which also comes with a freeware license, is SwissKnife.

Best used by experienced users

Before starting to experiment with your partitions, it is best to read some expert documentation on this subject, as modifying them without having any knowledge in the matter might result in the corruption of your operating system and losing all your files.

Can also process external devices

Another aspect you need to take into consideration is the type of device you want to process: SwissKnife can be used to create partitions on devices connected to various interfaces, including Internal, External, USB, PCMCIA and SCSI.

Analyze drives before putting the process in motion

Once you are sure you know what you are doing, you can run SwissKnife and get an overview of all your current partitions and a detailed report for each of them. Next, you can choose whether you want to delete an existing partition or use the free space to create a new one.

Safety above everything else

You may notice that some of the buttons are disabled – this is due to the fact that erasing or formatting the selected partition may lead to an unstable OS, and as such you are not allowed to perform said action. You can still change the volume label or choose custom icon for the drive you prefer.

Suitable for older operating systems

It needs to be mentioned that the development of free SwissKnife has ceased a long time ago (the shareware version is actively maintained), and as such, the application is mainly addressed to those who run Windows 95, 95B, 98, ME, NT or 2000. It may still function on newer operating systems, but errors and glitches are likely to occur.

To end with

Taking everything into consideration, we can say that SwissKnife used to be a powerful tool that promised to get you out of sticky situations and let you better organize available space. However, it now only resembles a museum piece, as more recent operating system cannot rely on its features.

SwissKnife was reviewed by Giorgiana Arghire
Last updated on July 17th, 2014
SwissKnife - This is the main user interface of SwissKnife where you can select the drive you want to partition or format.SwissKnife - Use the Run menu to partition or quick format a hard disk, USB Stick or other external storage device.

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