As an I.T. guy, I keep a number of utility software that can be useful in troubleshooting and maintaining computer systems. But then, I don’t get all the expensive software and as much as possible, I try to look for free software that can meet my needs.
I have been using MiniTool Partition Wizard 10.2 Free Edition for quite a while now and I must say that it is quite handy for a free software. The Partition Wizard is a hard disk drive partition management software developed by MiniTool Solution Ltd. and it helped me a lot in different projects, whether i’m installing a new hard drive, reviving an old laptop, etc.
The main features of the Free edition allows you to do the following:
- Basic partition management: create, delete, and format hard disk partitions
- Advanced partition management: shrink, extend, merge, split partitions
- Wipe disks (Write Zeroes, random data, and DoD)
- Clone disks for backups
- Disk migration (Migrate to SSD from HDD)
- Conversions (convert between FAT and NTFS, MBR to GPT)
- Scan and recover lost partitions and rebuild MBR partitions.
As you can see, the free edition allows you to do a lot of things and the best thing about this is that it is very easy to use. The interface lets you see every change you make through “Operations Pending” before you click the Apply button. This is very handy because you will be able to double check the tasks that you input.
Looking through their website to see what’s the difference between the Pro edition and the Free edition, I honestly didn’t find that much useful features that I already use on the Free Edition except for being able to create a bootable version of Partition Wizard that will allow me to run the program via bootable USB without actually running Windows.
One thing that I would like to see in the future is for this to have support for Linux and macOS file systems.
Overall, I think this is an excellent piece of software for all technicians looking for a feature packed partition software. It definitely offers more features than Window’s own Disk Management software.