EASEUS Partition Master Professional has a very quick rate of development, each new version improving on the latter and bringing in new features. The application is now capable to support 2TB partitions on MBR and up to 4TB on GPT.
The package is available for $19.95 (€15.22), with built-in Linux bootable disk, and you should be able to take it for a spin before shelling out the money but batch operations are restricted. However, we’ve noticed that the limitation is not only for batch operations, but single jobs as well. Our tests were performed on the unlimited version of the application, though.
Looks are not among the most impressive, but the layout is convenient and offers quick access to all important functions. The most used options are aligned vertically in the left hand side of the interface, while the drive list is available in the right part.
For each listed partition there are details regarding the file system, total capacity, used/unused space, current status and type. The visual representation of the drives is interactive, as it allows you to resize and move the items by simply dragging them around.
The set of actions available in Easeus Partition Master Professional is pretty hefty and covers everything a regular user should need. Besides resizing drives and moving them to a new location on the disk, the application also lets you merge neighboring partitions, convert them from logical to primary and vice-versa.
Moreover, the program brings to the table some basic options for handling data on the drives: copying, defragmentation, wiping and formatting. These come in handy if you’re trying to get rid of a hard disk or give it a proper clean.
However, we noticed that wiping a partition actually results in the drive itself being deleted completely, instead of scrubbing only the data it stores. Losing the entire drive in the wipe process may not be too much of a setback for most users, since all the data was already sentenced to destructions. But re-creating the drive adds to the number of pending operations, and there is also the time spent making all the settings.
The defragmentation procedure in Easeus Partition Master is no more efficient than what Windows’ Disk Defragmenter can achieve, since this is the tool that is going to do the job.
Since our previous review
, the application added the possibility to create a bootable USB disk to burning a CD/DVD and creating an ISO file. Tweaking up the device is no trouble at all, since it is an automated job and the app takes care of everything.
The documentation of the program warns that some advanced features are limited when running it from the bootable disk. In our case, however, all options were greyed out and we were only able to go through the menus and check on the functions, but not use them. The reason for this was lack of drivers in the image file, so disks could not be detected.
During our tests the trouble with Easeus Partition Master was limited to the aforementioned issues. Working with it is a piece of cake, regardless of your computer skills. Also, in most cases it makes available more than one way to carry out a task.
For instance, resizing or moving a drive can be done straight from the graphical representation in the main screen; but for more accuracy you can also do it from the “Resize/Move partition” menu, which offers more control over the size and location of the drive.
The application can hide entire drives filled with data from the operating system. Keeping sensitive information protected this way works as long as there is no booting with a different operating system, in which case your secret is revealed.
We’ve noticed an improvement as far as the speed of the operations goes as tasks finish faster. Handling multiple operations is supported in the app, just like the “undo function”. However, pulling entries out of the pending list can be done only one by one and in the reverse order they’ve been added.
All the options are within easy reach and for more complicated operations such as cloning a disk or copying a partition there are wizards to guide your every step. The Good
All operations are easy to handle and you are never too far from any option. The intuitive layout makes available more than one way to complete a job, in some cases.
Slicing and dicing your hard disk(s) is quite safe, as during our tests we managed to move drives and resize them without losing any data. However, backup is recommended before carrying out such operations. The Bad
We were unable to use the Linux-based bootable USB drive because the necessary drivers were not included in the image.
We noticed the Backup tool link in the top right corner of the application window, which will introduce you to a different Easeus product; paying customers would rather have a clean interface. The Truth
Easeus Partition Master Professional is a great tool to get your hard disk(s) all sliced up in the chunks you need. Working with it is easy and intuitive. On the other hand, better development of the Linux bootable image would greatly improve its functionality.