For the non-tech savvy, who are probably hearing this term for the first time, picture this scenario - you have a closet, a good size one, but without any partition. So there is no separate space for clothes hanger, or your jeans, or your jewellery box. Everything can be only stacked on top of each other. Seems shabby? Unorganised? But that is how most of have been keeping our computer's closet – the hard disk. Hence the need was felt to organise it by creating some partitions. This is what a Partition Assistant, freely downloadable software, does for you. Partition Assistant is actually the home version freeware. In a commercial set up, one is required to purchase Professional Edition of the partition manager called Partition Magic.
Partition Assistant simply allows you to perform functions like to move, extend, shrink, create, delete, format, hide, and resize partitions. One must keep in mind that Partition Assistant is compatible with only 32 bit Windows operating systems including Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7. For 64 bit Windows, the professional software is needed.
Though the Partition Assistant performs all complex functions such as resize partition, it is extremely simple to understand and operate. A feature called Extend Partition Wizard guides you through each step, if you want to increase the size of a select partition or undertake any kind of resize partition.
Extend Partition Wizard
You can resize partition and move it without any loss of data, and adjust it with your partition size. And also, you also have the option to merge two or more partitions together into one, or split a single partition into two or more with the help of partition assistant.
Besides the usual operation to create or delete a partition, you can also format it. Partitions are becoming popular mostly because of this reason. Earlier if your computer was corrupted, then the entire system had to be formatted. But now with partitions, you can confine the virus to just one section and format it. So, only the data of that chamber is lost and others are safely isolated.
Partition Assistant is such convenient software that it can extend NTFS system (Windows etc) partition without even restarting the computer. It also can convert between the two file systems, from FAT to NTFS, easily.
Partition Assistant thus, is undoubtedly an asset. With the range of functions like to extend partition, resize partition etc, and it gives an orderly feel to your computer. Then what are you waiting for, it is time to finally organise the closets in your computer!