First off. Why Partition?
In my case I wanted to install Windows 7 64-bit on a separate partition so I could dual boot as I could not run Windows 7 64-bit in a Virtual PC. Another reason could be you want to install Linux or that if you keep all your data on a separate partition it’s easier to just reinstall the OS if needed.
Symantec does not seem to update Norton PartitionMagic to work with Windows Vista and newer so here is one great alternative that you don’t have to run from a CD.
There are other ways to work with partitions but this one has a User-friendly interface and is fairly easy to use even for those that are no computer wizard.
I used EASEUS Partition Master Professional Edition 3.0.2 as I failed to shrink the volume in the Disk Management tool in Windows Vista even though there was room for it.
It was easy and quick to install, get up and running and do its job. Here I’ve selected an existing partition shrinking it with the Resize/Move command.
The documentation as well as support documents online are extensive and clearly explains the ins and outs of how to succeed with your partitioning.
Depending on what you operation you do you might not even have to reboot.
The UI might not be something special or having the Ribbon but in this case it does not matter and some actually prefer having this type of basic user interface.
You can visit the support forum or if you have purchased you also can get email support.
In my tests I found everything working as expected. You should always make sure you have a backup of your data before doing things like this.
Key Features of EASEUS Partition Master
- Resize and move partitions without losing data.
- Hard Disk Copy or Partition Copy Wizards - Easily upgrade/migrate hard drive or copy partition to protect data.
- Copy with resize - Resize (shrink or enlarge) partitions and disks during copy process in order to fit target space.
- Support hardware RAID.
- Create, delete and format partitions with simple step.
- Creates a bootable CD/DVD to manage partitions easier and faster. (Only Professional, Server and Unlimited Edition).
For usage on a server it’s great that it can handle up to 32 hard disks under Windows Server systems and supports 1.5 TB hard disk for Windows Server partition.
Windows 2000 Professional and Server/Advanced Server, Windows Server 2003 (32 and 64 bit), Windows Server 2008 (32 and 64 bit), Windows XP (32 and 64 bit) and Windows Vista (32 and 64 bit) are supported as with the Server Edition and the Unlimited Edition. The Home Edition only supports Windows 2000, XP and Vista 32-bit while the Professional Edition also supports 64-bit.
Even though Windows 7 is not released yet I found that EASEUS Partition Master runs well on Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit). If you wonder what the difference between Windows 7 Disk Management and EASEUS Partition Master is check the chart here as the Disk Management in Windows 7 have been improved.
The Home Edition free for personal usage but with limited functionality. See this comparison chart to see the difference of feature set.
Disclaimer. I was provided a free copy of EASEUS Partition Master Professional Edition to be able test fully.