This utility can perform many functions on disk drives and it works with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10. For example, if a disk is large, you might want to split it into two or more partitions. These act like separate disk drives and a 1TB disk could be partitioned into a 600GB C: drive and a 400GB D: drive. Partitioning disks like this can help when organising media, such as videos, photos or music and you can give them their own drive.
Splitting a disk can also be the first step towards installing another operating system, such as a different version of Windows or Linux. Partitions can be formatted, wiped or deleted, and a surface test performed to check that every sector is readable.
Disks and partitions can be copied from one disk or partition to another using the Disk Copy Wizard or the Partition Copy Wizard. A Partition Recovery Wizard can recover lost or deleted partitions in some circumstances (it depends on what has happened).
There is also a Migrate OS to SSD function and this is useful if you are replacing a Windows boot disk with a super fast solid state drive. Lots of people are doing that these days and switching to an SSD is one of the best ways to boost the performance of the computer.
Disks and partitions can be erased by overwriting them and this prevents the files and folders it contains from ever being recovered. This is an essential task top carry out before disposing of an old disk or computer.
The format of disks can be converted from FAT to NTFS and from NTFS to FAT. The files it contains are unaffected by this, so the disk does not have to be empty in order to convert it.
To test some of the functions, I carried out the following operations:
- Split drive C: into two partitions by shrinking C: to make space for D:
- Format the new D: partition using the FAT filing system
- Copy files to D:
- Convert the FAT format of disk D: to NTFS
- Erase and delete partition D:
- Extend the C: partition and add the space used by D:
Partition Assistant worked perfectly and it was easy to use. No problems were experienced. I didn't test every function in every version of Windows, but the six operations above are typically what many people do with a partition manager. I ran it in Windows 7.
The Standard Edition of the software is free and it can do what most people need. There is a Pro version that has a few extra features to tempt you to upgrade:
- Allocate free space from one partition to another
- Migrate OS from GPT disk to SSD
- Migrate OS between MBR and GPT disks
- Convert system disk between MBR and GPT partition styles
- Convert dynamic disk to basic disk
- Convert partition between primary and logical
- Change partition type ID
- Change serial number
A disk partition manager is not something you need every day and you might only need it once to set up your PC. If you do need one, this will do the job nicely.
Title: Partition Assistant Standard
Price: Free (Standard), $44.12 (Professional)
Windows: 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10.
Verdict: A good partition manager that does what you want and works well.
To see AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard in action,
Go to: How to partition the disk in Windows and create an extra drive