AOMEI Partition Assistant SE 5.5

As partition magic alternative, AOMEI Partition Assistant Home Edition is the latest and completely free partition manager software. It carries out magic hard disk and partitions management, advanced system optimization and an easy copy and partition recovery wizard to keep your computer running smoothly and faster.

This freeware is compatible with both 32 bit & 64 bit versions of Windows 8, Windows 7 (SP1 supported), Vista, XP, and Windows 2000 Professional. It has the ability to resize and move partition, migrate OS to SSD or HDD, merge partitions, split partition, allocate free space, copy partition, copy disk, recover partition on MBR and GPT disk. Besides, built-in bootable CD ensures data and system are safe.

Free partition manager portable - you can copy the installation directory of AOMEI Partition Assistant Home Edition to any device, including USB flash drive, portable hard drive, etc.

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition features:

  • Resize and move partition to reorganize your hard drives.
  • Migrate OS to SSD or HDD for system migration to solid state drive or hard disk drive. New!
  • Extend NTFS system partition without restarting your computer.
  • Merge two partitions or merge non-contiguous unallocated space to partition.
  • Split one big partition into two or more.
  • Allocate free space from one partition to another to fully utilize disk space.
  • Copy partition for migrating Windows system and data
  • Copy disk to a new one without reinstalling Windows and applications.
  • Partition Recovery Wizard helps you recover lost or deleted partitions with ease. New!
  • Create more partitions as you wish even without unallocated space.
  • Convert primary to logical partition and vice versa.
  • Linux partition management: create, delete, format, wipe, copy, recover Ext2/Ext3 partition, etc. New!
  • Make bootable CD for safe and better disk partition management. New!
  • Support 2TB MBR disk, 4TB GPT disk, and USB flash drive.
  • Support Windows 2000 Professional, Vista, XP, Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8 (32 bit and 64 bit).
  • More features...

What's new in this version:

  • 'Windows To Go Creator', install Windows 8 to removable flash drive.
  • Completely support hard disk with 4096 bytes sector size.
  • Create Windows PE bootable media without having to install AIK/WAIK
  • Fully compatible with Windows 8.1.
  • Quality improvements and some bug fixes.

Download: Aomei Partition Assistant Standard Edition 5.5 | 7.7 MB (Freeware)
View: Aomei Website

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link6155 said,
A very very good partition tool for Windows. I had no problem reallocating space between partitions.

This tool looks like easus partition manager. We have tools like gparted.

I'd recommend people using this program to exercise caution. I haven't tested it thoroughly but I know it allows you to perform unsafe operations like creating primary partitions in the middle of logical ones (although the partition type resides in the "advanced" options) and the merging operation is not well tested either (for example it doesn't test if the maximum path length is exceeded prior to merging, leading to a cluttered partition and a failure during "merging").

I consider GParted to be very good for partitioning work, also the stock disk partitioning utility in Windows and diskpart (command line partitioning tool in Windows) are safe to work with.

If the disk is MBR based and you wish to have more than 4 partitions place the logical ones in the end, never in between primary ones; even though it could work it's unsafe as hell (some partitioning tools may detect them all as logical, others may think the disk is uninitialized, etc.).

For merging, I know of no program that performs true merging (operating at the level of filesystem data structures). I'd recommend backing up the data prior to using the merge function of a program or doing it manually: copying the files to the first partition, deleting the second partition and then extending the first one over the unpartitioned space.

If something happened and important data was lost it's important not to keep using the drive since important data may be overwritten. If possible put the drive in another machine or boot off a LiveCD or Windows PE image to perform data restoration (and restore to another drive!). Ideally we'd first image the drive sector by sector and then perform rescue work on that image, but who has the space for that? .

In my opinion, a very good program (although not free) to perform data restoration is R-Studio. Some programs allow you to recover a partition in place, which may be good if you just deleted the partition and it wasn't the one you wanted to delete, but I've always been wary of those solutions.

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