Partition Manager 10 review
A partitioning software from Paragon
Partition Manager 10 is the latest in the partitioning program department and is coming from Paragon. Is it effective? We invite you to find out from our test and review.
Very good features
First of all, partitioning a hard drive is not an easy thing to do. Beginners should consider asking for professional help before embarking on such a thing. Users usually partition a hard drive when it is new or when they want to install a new operating system. Partition Manager 2011 version is here to help the day.
Before installing it you should know that it has a size of 100MB that you will have to unpack after the download. It supports the following file systems: FAT16, FAT32, NTFS (v1.2, v3.0, v3.1), HPFS, Limited read/write access to HFS+ partitions, Linux Swap and Other file systems (in Sector-by-Sector mode). The Partition Manager 10 also offers support for USB 1.0/2.0, PC card storage devices, All levels of SCSI, IDE and SATA RAID controllers and EEE 1394 (FireWire), just to name a few.
The software is available for free download. When we tested the product, the actual download went smoothly. The setup file along with the readme information gave good details about how to register the software after installation; all we had to do was click on the Get Free Serial button and we were directed to a website; there we registered and got a serial number and a product key via our e-mail address. After installation was complete we were greeted by a wizard that offered great help by showing all the program’s options via the menu on the left of the screen. One of its advantages is that it comes with error checking and recovery options in case things go bad.
Few interesting modules
The software sports four categories of features. There are Defragmentation and Boot Management, Partitioning, Copy and, lastly, Backup and Restoration options included in the Paragon Partition Manager 2011. During our testing for our review they all worked great. The first two installed new OS by preparing the system in case we wanted to install another operating system and set up boot parameters of our PC’s system; the partitioning feature created a new partition, deleted an existing partition, merged two partitions and resized them. The Copy option came with Hard Disk Migration and Copy Partition settings. Finally, the Backup and Restoration modes offered Simple Backup and Burn Rescue Disk options.
A serious con we encountered: with the Partition Manager 10 software you don’t have the possibility to copy a partition into an existing one. Other than that, the program passed our test with flying colors.