- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
- ASIN: B0027U258Q
- Date first available at Amazon.com: April 27, 2009
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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Paragon Partition Manager 10 Personal Edition (previous version)
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One thing that I like to do with a partitioning program is partition my disk before installing the OS (because Windows doesn't provide the partitioning options I want). Read morePublished on April 19, 2011 by Walter Bass
The Partition Manager is a great product. It's very easy to use. The price is hard to beat and the shipment was very fast.Published on December 5, 2010 by Tex
Paragon Partition Manager is one program I have used for years with no problems at all.
I originally purchased Partition Manager 8 years ago and have successfully use... Read more
This has to be one of the best partition programs around. It does everything for you, no figuring out the division of how many MB's of GB's, it does it all plus will also set up... Read morePublished on March 22, 2010 by Nancy W