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Paragon Partition Manager 10 Personal Edition (previous version)

by Paragon Software Group
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Media: CD-ROM

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  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • ASIN: B0027U258Q
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 27, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,568 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent for moderate uses, but know your alternatives. September 3, 2009
One of my friends and co-workers recently sold me a retail box of "Partition Manager 10" for a fraction of what of he paid for it. He didn't feel as if he would continue to need it after he was set up. Since I was curious if it could be a decent swiss-army-knife partitioning tool running under Windows, I gave him a few bucks for it.

Like so many others, I also had a few versions of "PowerQuest Partition Magic" during the course of many years. "PowerQuest Partition Magic" was an absolutely excellent program and it was always one of the main programs to have in your toolkit. Going way back, prior to "PowerQuest Partition Magic", I had been using a DOS GNU partitioning tool called "FIPS". "FIPS" did allow non-destructive partitioning, but it was not intuitive. (I.e., you had to manually define partition start and end cylinders.) It worked, but even then it was very archaic to use. Needless to say, the arrival of "Partition Magic" was more than welcomed. "Partition Magic" made the mundane task of partitioning disks even enjoyable, well almost enjoyable. "Partition Magic" was able to do everything that I asked for it do due over the years. If it was physically possible and within the "rules" of HDD, "Partition Magic" could do it. It was that simple. Unfortunately, PowerQuest and "Partition Magic" would be acquired and borged by Symantec. Symantec dropped "Partition Magic" all together. It hasn't been updated since 2003, even though they still sell it. "Partition Magic" will not work in Vista. Unfortunately, "Partition Magic" now makes the criteria for obsolete.

Fortunetly, there are several (free and commercial) alternatives to turn to. A little warning first: there is also a lot of deliberately malicious scumware out there masquerading as partition management tools.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Performs well; defrag deletes restore points July 3, 2009
As a long time user of Partition Magic I was saddened to see Symantec underinvesting in it and not making it available for Vista. Looking for an alternative I researched Acronis Disk Director and was scared off by the very bad reviews. I then decided to go with Paragon's Partition Manager 10 Personal.

PM10 performed all tasks very well - creating partitions, resizing and moving partitions, changing type from primary to logical, etc. The interface is intuitive and resembles that of Partition Magic.

If you've worked with Partition Magic before you don't need to read the user guide. I did read it and found its English lacking on many occasions, although still quite comprehensible. Paragon is a German firm and one would think they could find a native English-speaking technical writer to edit the manual; shouldn't cost a lot just to proof-read. On rare occasions minor language slips appear in the on-screen interface.

If you use PM10's defrag utility beware - it seems to do a safe, good job but wipes all Windows restore points. Apparently this is a problem with other defrag utilities as well. Searching the web yields some putative reasons for this behaviour.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A huge step down from PM-9 May 24, 2010
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It pains me to write this review, because I have used Partition Manager 9 (PM-9) before, and I even rated it in these pages. It is an outstanding product, which I highly recommended. I bought PM-10 because it advertised to be Windows-7 compatible for 64-bit. It is not. It has a horrible bug, which was also reported by another reviewer here. (I wish I had seen his review earlier.)

PM normally makes complicated changes to the hard disks in the batch mode after a reboot. But if you are running Windows-7 64-bit, the reboot never takes place. You see, PM-10 modifies the Master Boot Record (MBR) in order to gain control of the machine before it boots into Windows, but it cannot find the MBR at the boot time (or perhaps it cannot interpret it correctly) to make the changes in the background. So instead it asks for a floppy disk to be inserted to continue. Such a disk does not exist (my machine does not even have floppy disk.) Lucky that I had made a recovery DVD in advance, so I had to re-install the Windows-7 again. Interestingly, even the re-installation of Windows-7 alone could not cure the problem. You have to get into the rescue mode from the PM-10 CD just to be able to boot Windows-7, and then you have to re-install PM-10 (which had gotten wiped out by the Windows-7 re-installation), and finally get into the boot manager (of PM-10) and disable it. Once this was fixed, I uninstalled it needless to say.

Chances are good that this bug never happens on the 32-bit Windows, but I cannot vouch for that. I never tried PM-10 on my older machines. But for 64-bit Windows-7, avoid PM-10. Hopefully PM-11 will fix this embarrassment. PM has been a very reliable and dependable product over the years. The paragon SW just slipped this time with version-10. Let's hope that it is a one time slip.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't install this software in Vista 64 Ultimate! December 6, 2009
I had the misfortune to try and use this software to repartition my large C: drive into two drives. The software installed OK, and I made the recovery CD and Flash just as a back up. It found the C: dirve, started the partition process, and then asked "the computer must now restart to complete the process, OK?" which I said OK, and that was the last time that intall of Vista EVER worked. Upon reboot it came back with the message "install setup disk in the floppy drive and press F2"???!! Needless to say my computer didn't have a floppy, and there is NO option to create a recovery floppy in this software anyway. Any attempt to get it to use the recovery CD or Flash, or to force it to the CD drives fails. It wants a recovery floppy in A: and there is no alternative. I had to do a complete reinstall of Windows, and reformating of the drive, to get rid of this awful software.
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