GParted is alternative to Partition Magic
Ten years ago, Partition Magic is the top of partition software. But with the updating of Windows, it does not support Windows Vista and more advanced version. Although Windows disk management has also been upgraded, it also has many limitations, such as resizing system partition, it is inconvenience because Windows is just a platform and can not do everything.
Thus, there are many third-party software are developed to assist and make up the inadequate of Windows program. GParted is a free(as in freedom and free beer) alternative to Partition Magic and Window disk manager. GNOME Partition Editor (short name is GParted) is an excellent open source partition tool for the task-resizing existing partitions and available on Live CD.
Advantages of GParted
GParted is not only an alternative to Partition Magic - in many aspects, it is superior. GParted is the default partitioning program for a number of versions of Linux. Capable of resizing and creating partitions for Windows, Mac and Linux systems, GParted can work with disk of any size. Next, let’s explain it in detail. Although GParted is a Linux program, that still use by Mac and Windows users. The GParted Live CD is a complete Linux operating system which boots from CD for the specific purpose of running GParted. Download the program first, burn it to disc and boot from the CD. Then it can solve the problem of impossible to resize a partition that’s currently in use, altering the partition your operating system is on requires booting to a different partition.
GParted has an interface which is similar to Partition Magic. Your partitions are represented on screen; right click them to select optimizing options. Partitions can be resized, moved or deleted. Free space can be created to extend another partition. When everything is set up to the user’s wish, press “Apply” button to make all the changes happen.
As we all know, Windows generally uses NTFS, Linux uses EXT3 or EXT4 and Mac OSX uses HFS Plus. GParted can work well with these file systems. Partition Magic, in contrast, could only work with NTFS out of all of these file systems. That’s why GParted is alternative to Partition Magic.
Shortcomings of GParted
However, GParted has some disadvantages yet. GParted is OK for easy operations, but it is terrible at resizing and moving system partitions. Some people posted on forum it takes up to 10 hours to extend system partition that Partition Magic did in less than one hour. If it isn’t a NTFS partition on Windows, it’s not simple to resize it, some users said. Another disadvantage of GParted is that if you resize your boot/system partition, you will be completely unable to boot without repairing Windows sometimes because GParted is developed base on Linux. One more inconvenience using GParted is that it have to work with CD sometimes.
AOMEI Partition Assistant is GParted Windows Alternative
So, is there any GParted Windows alternative? Yes, of course. Searching from Google or software markets, you will find many partition tools. Here, I recommend you try AOMEI Partition Assistant. Developed by AOMEI technology, AOMEI Partition Assistant gets lots of awards in a few years. There are six editions of AOMEI Partition Assistant. Standard Edition and Lite Edition are free, one for PC user, one for Windows Server. Both their functions are not incomplete. Advancer than Standard Edition and Lite Edition respectively are Professional Edition and Server Edition. However, they still allow to install on two computers. More advancer edition is AOMEI Partition Assistant Unlimited Edition, it allows to install on unlimited computers and allows unlimited usage within one company. The most advancer edition is AOMEI Partition Assistant Technician Edition. It provides profitable technical services to clients and free lifetime upgrades. More information of AOMEI Partition Assistant edition comparison please click here. After comparing, I hope you choose the right edition based on your needs.
AOMEI Partition Assistant supports all the storage devices which can be recognized by Windows, such as SATA, IDE, SSD, SCSI, USB external disks, flash drive, Fire wire disk, Hardware RAID and Flash drive and so on. It is able to support MBR (smaller 2TB) and GPT (bigger than 2TB) with 128 hard disks, with file system FAT, FAT32, NTFS and also EXT2, EXT3.
It supports different versions of Windows depending on different software editions. In general, it works on Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/8.1, Small Business Server 2011/2003/2008, Windows home server 2011 and Windows Server 2003(R2)/2008(R2)/2012(R2) (both 32bit and 64bit).
Resizing system partition with AOMEI Partition Assistant won’t cause data loss, and it does not need to reinstall system or reboot. So I say AOMEI Partition Assistant is the best GParted windows alternative. “Windows to Go Creator” is an amazing function of the latest version. With it, you can create a portable Windows 8/8.1 without need to buy a Windows Enterprise Edition.
It is highly recommended to backup any important files before doing resize/move operations.