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EASEUS Partition Master 5.0.1 Professional Edition Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — EASEUS Partition Master 5.0.1 Professional Edition

Magic Partition Manager Software - EASEUS Partition Master
$39.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 340 83 comments

EASEUS Partition Master 5.0.1 Professional Edition was available as a giveaway on February 5, 2010!

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Magic Partition Solution - EASEUS Partition Master 5.0.1 Professional Edition is upgraded to be an all-in-one partition solution including three main features: Partition Manager, Partition Recovery Wizard and Disk & Partition Copy to solve all partition problems.

It helps extend system partition, copy partition, have better disk space management, do partition recovery to get data back, etc. Moreover, bootable CD supported!

Top Benefits:

  • Extend system partition to maximize computer performance.
  • Partition Manager utility for better hard disk management and computer performance maximization.
  • New! Partition Recovery Wizard to perform PC disaster recovery to save data.
  • Copy Wizard to copy partition or migrate entire hard disk to another without Windows system reinstallation.

System Requirements:

Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7 (x32/x64)


CHENGDU YIWO Tech Development



File Size:

42.6 MB



Comments on EASEUS Partition Master 5.0.1 Professional Edition

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This program screwed up my Windows 7 partition when I tried enlarging it! I wouldn't trust on my PC ever again.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Semi-Destructive on Win7 x64. Vista x86 with a BSoD on drive twice.

Appeared to work, one drive at a time. Second drive has a BSoD twice, could only hard boot.
Would not resize partitions on two drives at the same time. Had to run software on one hard drive at a time.

Had a serious issue come around when trying to boot to Win7. Partition kept coming up as "dirty" and of course got nailed with that Win7 CHKDSK hanging on the 1 in countdown timer - never had this before installing/using this software.

Had to use the ER Win7 disc, and ran chkdsk /r from the command prompt, and thousands of strange file entries to File 9 were displayed for over an hour.
Eventually got back into Win7 and some applications aren't quite working as well, and may have to reinstall, which will also remove a few GAOTD software.

This software feels more like beta than gold software.

Still recovering from the after effects, and some things just aren't working correctly. Had to rebuild the shadow file as it was hosed.

Never had any of these issues till I used this software.

Dell XPS 630i, Win7 x64 & Vista x86, 4GB RAM, ST364032 & WD00AAKS-75L9A hard drives.

Reply   |   Comment by Xelkos  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Fubar 1 (above) - "My recommendation with these types of utilities is the same as always. Unless you really need some feature which Windows Disk Management doesn’t have, stick with Windows Disk Management."

later, Fubar suggesting "... you can’t be bothered to spend like, 10 seconds searching Google before posting here"

Strangeness all around - having said thisa on the same topic. . .

Reply   |   Comment by now what?  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Only one of hundreds of replys:
"Works with my OCZ Rally2 2GB drive but not with my more recent SanDisk Cruzer Micro Skin.
It also reads the capacity wrongly on the SanDisk"

No single word I wrote about this issue is faulty.
But I see: You can´t be convinced that it´s NO GOOD IDEA for average users not to play on this.
Peoples sata loss seems not to mean anything to you.

(by the way : I PLAYED with formatting even 5 Years ago but gave it up due to aboe issues.

Good night, smart aleck.

Reply   |   Comment by ws  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

#77, ws, you can't be bothered to spend like, 10 seconds searching Google before posting here? A recent article is Partition USB Flash Drives. There are many much earlier articles, because they all use the Lexar USB Format tool (widely available), which has been around since 1994, to turn off the Removable bit on the flash drive. There is no change to Windows at all, no need to load special drivers, etc. It won't work with all flash drives, but many. You partition and format the USB flash drive with Windows Disk Manager (which means you can select partition type, file system type, etc.) People have successfully installed TeraByte BootIt™ Next Generation on their flash drives.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#76 fubar,

Thanks as always for the informed comments. Concise accurate information actually backed up with facts , not rhetoric and misinformation.

As for the other topic spread out in these comments. Let the moths keep going toward the flame that they believe in so much. It's they that will get burned not I!!!!!!!!!

Reply   |   Comment by joe  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Sorry, Fubar:
"As for the silliness about memory cards and USB flash drives, guess what, they all look like hard disks to Windows. That means that they have a partition and you can format them to your liking."

to part 1: nothing more to say as: YES (but seem not to understand what that really means).
to part 2: you are absolutlely wrong if you intermingel the type of formatting with partitioning (of course there esxist a "partitiion" but you seem not to understand the meaning and the differences; Even the MBR and following sectors (nuber and contents) are very different from that of a real HD; thats why you need special(!!!) flash drives or a driver to make windows believe that it is non removeable)

Reply   |   Comment by ws  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

#21, Alt Brown, #37,47, ws, obviously, I did install Partition Master. I didn't say not to install it, although there may be risks, such as changes to security settings, which I presently don't test for. I said not to use it if Windows already does what you want, which it generally does. It's surprising how many people come here to GOTD and feel that they have to use some questionable third-party tool just because they got it for free, when they don't even know what tools already come with Windows.

As for the silliness about memory cards and USB flash drives, guess what, they all look like hard disks to Windows. That means that they have a partition and you can format them to your liking. Also, all of your drives can be assigned a drive letter, including optical drives.

Here is Vista Disk Management, showing all of my drives (1632 x 1232). You'll note that my USB flash drive has a partition, I reformatted it to NTFS, and I can set Properties like ReadyBoost and Quota. I can't do any of those things with Partition Master.

Here is Vista Disk Management's menu (1632 x 1232), showing that it's perfectly capable of shrinking and extending (when space is available) partitions. Of course, before shrinking a partition, you should use a disk defragmenter which consolidates free space at the end of the partition.

Here is Partition Master (1632 x 1232), showing not much of anything, although it at least shows one of my external USB hard drives which was connected at the time. This was after rebooting to make sure that it was using its latest drivers. Note the horrible fonts. Despite the large amount of screen space, note the failure to display the label for my D volume in the graph. Note the lack of scaling of drive capacities. Windows Disk Management doesn't use correct scales, but it at least gives you a visual idea of which physical drives are larger.

As for the ranting about USB flash drives and Windows, it's true that Windows doesn't like multiple partitions on flash drives. While you can muck with Windows to allow that, it's easier to just change the USB flash drive's setting to non-removable, which permits multiple partitions.

As for the ranting about Windows and Linux, etc., partitions, while there's some convenience in a single tool, here's a thought. Use Windows tools for Windows partitions, Linux tools for Linux partitions, etc. You're much more likely to get correct partition support and not lose your data.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

I downloaded the set-up file - with a few minutes to go ... but it is stuck 'activating'

Reply   |   Comment by Loolouo  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Nice Activation Process!!!! It’s been awhile since a Giveaway did not involve entering a code or clicking a button to bring up a website or enter an email address or your name and checking your email or whatever other type of stupid cr_p!!

Reply   |   Comment by D  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

last, frantic request - been getting an error all day, can't register, try later. is this a router / NAT issue or is something wrong? HELP!

Reply   |   Comment by markotime  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Please lay off the unjustified criticism of Ashraf.

That partition types unused by Windows are not even *listed* by this program does represent a "bad" point to some, especially to those of us, like myself, with multiple operating systems on our drives. Even if the program doesn't support altering partitions of non-windows types, having them identified would help.

The partition type values can be obtained from the help screen of "fdisk" contained in any distro of Linux. The only partition type with an ambiguous value in the partition table is HPFS - an IBM OS/2 partition type that conflicted with NTFS in its use of partition type 0x07.

Another useful addition would be a way to backup/restore the MBR. (Master Boot Record - it's part of the program that instructs the computer how to boot from a drive) This small group of reserved sectors at the beginning of the drive represents an area that is frequently targeted by malware.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I've tested the EASEUS Free Edition and it worked well. I want to try this Pro edition and see how much more it can do than the free edn. I have also had the opportunity to test both the free and pro edition of Paragon Drive Backup and both could restore my 2 PCs to original states when I did so last year. Thanks GAOTD and CHENGDU and other companies for the great softwares given here for free!
I also wish to thank Ashraf for his posts. I usually refer to his reviews and I've learned so much from him. There's a tendency for us non-experts to take his views as gospel truth. But Ashraf doesn't really advocate that. Clearly his posts imply: if we are in need of a particular software program, it's really up to us to decide which is preferable or not to use. Thanks a lot Ashraf!

Reply   |   Comment by Albert Born  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Two important things that aren't obvious, & haven't been stated, as far as I have seen yet:

(1) Whether or not something says you should reboot or not, when even installing or removing a program, you should ALWAYS reboot or restart THREE TIMES; Let the system come up into Windows & achieve its "idling" state, then have it "restart" again & come up & wait until it's again "idling", and then do it one more time...

If you do things that way, then anything that didn't get "flushed" the first two times will by the third, and you'll always be sure that your system has read in the latest machine-side info, including any changes to all HDD's, plus any other changes to peripherals that may not be obvious, but there are many machines, as well as Windows drivers, that treat internal components as "peripherals", (like anything on your PCI/e bus, for example);
Surprised? If you weren't around when the PC was still in its "XT-Class" stage, that's understandable, and nothing to be turning red over.
...Windows does a LOT of things in a "less than absolutely "proper" way, so the old "Reboot Three Times" rule is always better than having headaches later on, and will usually speed up your system's start-up time after that third reboot, as well, (since Windows has to read the Registry in order to even begin to "get started", and any changes to the system inevitably make changes to the Registry, {even many "portable" apps}, so having the entire hardware/OS/software/etc. setup re-start three times "gets it used to" changes that have recently occurred).

(2) While your Registry will grow until it's the size of the almost-forgotten "Chicken-Heart That Ate New York", (with a tip of the hat to Dr. Bill Cosby, for that wonderful skit he did so many years ago), it WON'T usually SHRINK when you REMOVE a program, or do other things to try to get back your disk-space...
...So, if you an find a Registry-Cleaner, or Regiatry Backup program, that you can trust 110%, then it may help you to keep your system-drive from getting huge with "nothing but Windows" on the PC, by "cleaning out" the "trash-buildup" in the Registry every so often, but ALWAYS make a FULL copy of your Registry FIRST, and that usually requires shutting down Windows & making the copy from the Command Line, since the usual recommended way of backing up a Registry is to "Export All" from RegEdit, which usually DOESN'T export at least two entire hives!
If you've got a version of Windows that actually DOES let you make a backup of the Registry while Windows is running, (or some other backup program that makes a full copy of the Registry as well as whatever else you tell it to back up, using the Vista-like "Shadow-copy" method or similar), then by all means, go for it, but make that backup BEFORE you do anything else! One "flipped bit" in a Registry can mean re-installing EVERYTHING on the machine, even starting with doing an "FDISK", and going from there, (which would mean you'd lose all of your goodies from GAOTD, and that's not good!)...

(And for those who "trash Ashraf", that's not very cool, considering that if you look at what time the new offering comes out, and what time he manages to download, unzip, install, register, run thru EVERY menu option & function, and then write his report of what he found, you've GOT to give him credit for being able to accomplish ALL of that in only one to two minutes! And he consistently does this, almost every day, always within one or two minutes of the program's release to anyone & everyone! That's SOME hard WORK he goes through for the User Community, so "credit where credit is due"!)

Reply   |   Comment by Phoenix  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Question: When a drive is partitioned into two drives (say C is partitioned into C and D), and, during the partitioning process, a program originally on C is moved to D, does Easus Partition Manager modify the appropriate registry entries so that the program will open and run properly? Thanks! -- Hi Pockets

Reply   |   Comment by Hi Pockets  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Hi all,

First I uninstalled previous version 4, then install this one. All's OK .. except when it commes to create a bootable disk : it shows "It is burning now", and a few seconds later "Burning successful !" But the result is a blank CD. Tried several times, same result. As someone else the same problem ? (Running Win XP SP3).
Thanks for any turnaround.

Reply   |   Comment by FAc  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Just for the naive and innocent among you (I don't like the term newbie, but if it fits...) many of us have dual boot machines, meaning a machine carrying Windows & Linux on separate partitions, for instance. It is also possible to put a Windows partition on most more recent Macs.
This is why Ashraf is passing comment about lack of support. Partitioning software that has multiple format support is invaluable and got me out of big time trouble when the Linux GRUB boot went haywire and refused to give me entry into XP.
If you don't understand a comment, by all means ask questions, but don't go on a bashing mission out of ignorance.

Reply   |   Comment by Hamtey  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Good software, but as was pointed out, if you happen to have Partition Wizard, this is pretty much redundant, EXCEPT for the "find lost partitions/files" ability.

For those who insist on critisizing the the people who take the time and energy to evaluate so many gaotd offerings quite thoroughly and share their evaluations here with the rest of us: if you feel someone has erroneous statements in their review here, or you feel to share your own findings after you have evaluated a gaotd offering, then by all means you should speak up, but if your only contribution is going to be to express negative generalities about another poster and their contributions here, why don't you do something more productive, like go sit on a chicken...

Reply   |   Comment by Robert L.  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

[17], [38] etc.: Ever heard of dual boot? Ever needed to make more space available for another non-M$ OS or vice versa? I guess not. If you have, then you wouldn't ask such stupid questions such as why no support for Linux/Mac *filesystems* is bad - which is exactly the point of Ashraf's review. NOT that it should run under Linux/MacOS as well. So, please keep your misguided and uninformed opinions for youself.

Reply   |   Comment by Lol Phirae  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

New to GAOTD. Have learned a lot. Question: Downloaded and installed today's partition software. No problem. However, this weekend I intend to do a clean install of Windows XP on this same computer to clear out a lot of rubbish. Will I be able to reinstall this program? Does this software wrapper scheme prevent any future installation of it even though I initially downloaded and installed it today? Registry entry I can export and import later perhaps? Thanks for all of the wisdom being shared.

Reply   |   Comment by mark  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I'm amazed at all the comments about Ashraf instead of comments about the software, and hesitate to add yet another... First, I appreciate all the help he gives us here and the more detailed information on his DotTech . com site -- Ashraf, keep doing what you do! And others that can offer corrections or additional insight to the products here, keep those coming too!

What strikes me as odd is all the people attacking Ashraf for posting comments that THEY don't take the time to fully understand. Like today's product not supporting Mac or Linux partitions. THAT'S IMPORTANT to those who have such partitions and want a tool to manage everything. Data can be stored in a partition set up for Linux use, for example, but since it could be on the same physical hard drive and PC as other partitions used by Windows, wouldn't it be great to have a tool to manage them all. People saying it's ridiculous to say the program doesn't run on Mac or Linux machines have missed the whole point. That's not what the comment said.

The bigger issue is we have so MANY levels of users on this site, from newbies through very advanced. So before cutting down someone's comments, consider whether they might help someone else, or if they're wrong, or if you could add something useful. Far too much finger pointing on this site when it should be about heling each other to understand and get the most from these products, and to help the developers know what they did right or wrong.

Reply   |   Comment by MrDave  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

So, I download the software. Use it as needed. My computer crashes and I recover it to an eilier date before I installed this software. Can I re-install this later and still be able to use it?

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

"Copy Wizard to copy partition or migrate entire hard disk to another without Windows system reinstallation." Wow, I may actually use this. Does it have the ability to save a hard disk partition as an image file? Is it possible to create a bootable installation disk (Cd, DVD, Part disks)? What about support on an active partition (e.g. the windows drive, or does it have a bootable function for that?)

Reply   |   Comment by Eric  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

#38 "Stan" You is not even try to review product. Why you post? Thanks to Ashraf for giving his evaluation of this software.

Reply   |   Comment by Notrashtalk  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Is the bootable disk made with this Pro Edition compatible with the Home Edition?


Reply   |   Comment by Danielo  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Thanks to everyone including Ashraf for the time they donate to test and comment.

My only criticism which is not directed at anyone (are you listening PC Magazine), is this. Please be sure to fully test all backup AND **restore** functions before stating any such software, including partitioning software works. I have had issues with various Paragon products that failed to restore at the file or image level, and have chosen to avoid Paragon for this reason. I have not yet had the opportunity to test EASEUS but feedback here looks positive.

A couple of years ago I tried a major backup/restore program called Genie Backup Manager based upon a stellar recommendation by PC Magazine. The restore consistently failed to work properly. When I contacted tech support (in Jordan), they quickly denied any such issue, but secretly fixed it in the very next update.

I will be the first to admit I don't know everything, but as a seasoned mainframe software engineer, I know how to thoroughly test software.

Reply   |   Comment by DaveF  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Have used previous version as well as several other titles from Easeus and they all work flawlessly, unlike my experiences with Macrium, Norton Ghost and Drive Image. Excellent, easy to use software. Highly recommended!! (Win XP)

Reply   |   Comment by Marcus  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

I've learned of or aquired some really outstanding software through this site. I've also learned that one has to accept whatever Ashraf states as gospel or suffer the wrath and ire of others that post. Ashraf can do no wrong in the eyes of the GOTD general population. These people will blindly follow you anywhere Ashraf....so lead on. Me? I'm going to perform my own due diligence and determine if something is worthwhile or not.

Reply   |   Comment by rlb  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Easy and clean installation. I have wanted to expand my OS partition size for some time now. Easus handled it smoothly and without a problem. The entire operation took less than 15 minutes. (Windows XP Pro, 32 Bit) BTW, the Paragon Drive Backup I downloaded here a while back saved my entire OS and program files 2 weeks ago.

Many thanks GOTD - I'm a fan forever!

Reply   |   Comment by Bill In Texas  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

As with past downloads and the current ones from Paragon and Easeus software (loves to both companies, btw) I do have both.

However, should I be having both, or which one is better then the other? (in your opinion, ofc) or in more simple terms perhaps explain why one could use both together effectively etc.

And in the war about Ashraf...when I have questions about what he means etc, I do indeed click on his link. Maybe some of you all should too. But his thoughts/opinions are more informed then many, and I personally appreciate his time and comments. I also enjoy comments such as #41 etc. If you don't like someone's opinions/writings, don't even bother scrolling down here. Be big boys and girls, people, and if you don't agree, perhaps appreciate the time and effort others make to attempt to help us.

I look forward to hopefully hearing back about my question if possible :) Thanks guys! ^_^

Reply   |   Comment by Jeania  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Suppose I have a program "abcxyz" on drive C. While partitioning drive C to drives C and D, I want abcxyz to be on drive D.

Will EPM Pro move the registry entries from C to D so that it functions properly? I have checked various pages (such as the FAQ, the Forum, etc.) at the EPM website, but found no reference to this ability.

Thanks for your answers. -- Hi Pockets

Reply   |   Comment by Hi Pockets  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

To the people bashing Ashraf or anyone else:

All comments on this site reflect only the opinion of the person making the comment, and it appears that, within reasonable boundaries, all comments are allowed.

I read Ashraf's opinions, and find them valuable. Sometimes I go to his site to get more information.

Here's one of my opinions: People bashing anybody on this forum are showing their inferiority complexes and/or their immaturity. People like this are allowed to post, but they are not helping me learn about the give away.

So I never read the posts that include bashing, because I do not find the bashing valuable. If the people posting such comments were to post only their opinions of the software and possibly include appropriate alternatives, I would probably read them.

And I try to avoid reading the comments referring to the bashing. Such comments are well intentioned, but they are not helpful, either. My thinking: Just ignore the bashing, and perhaps (hopefully) the bashers will find another forum for venting.

Just my opinions...... -- Hi Pockets

Reply   |   Comment by Hi Pockets  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

For Dual-Boot Vista-WinXP drives this is EXCELLENT EXCELLENT cloning software. No defects, no problems. I have found nothing else that will do the job as well.

Reply   |   Comment by Philip  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

I been using this is great. No issue I had formated my usb 250gig NTFS to Fat32 no issue. Love this software.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Yet another program I am not allowed to install because I happen to be running a server version of Windows on my workstation. :(

Reply   |   Comment by Trevor  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-15)

... what I forgot to mention inmidst of today´s argue:
YES, you can bring at least the stuff from the rescue CD to a flash drive:
E.g. loading the iso image with Grub4DOS (I have not tested and wouldn´t suggest to choose this)

title Easus PartitionMaste
find --set-root --ignore-floppies --ignore-cd /boot/hbcd.iso
#map --mem - " - ;(only if ISO is fragmented!!!)
map /boot/hbcd.iso (hd32)
map --hook
chainloader (hd32)

or by using the files from the recovey CD
title EASEUS Partitito Master/DriveCloner
kernel /boot/epm/bzImage load_ramdisk=1 prompt_ramdisk=0ramdisk_size=102400 rw root=/dev/ram0
initrd /boot/epm/initrd

But notice: there are lots of other loaders with more or less complicatred ways to maintain such a task...

Reply   |   Comment by ws  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

@ mike
to make it more exact: You are right, BUT
Windows NEVER supports partitioned flash/pen drives; As you mentioned, the 1st exception is to have a kind of camouflage - mean, to emulate a hard drive; the 2nd possibility is, what is done by U3 sticks (but even this is a sort of emulation to provide the autorun feature and than "load" the data "partition").
But this is clearly a "feature"( sic!) of Microsoft and is based on a single flag(!) but, anyhow, can only be worked around by a special driver (or background program); this can be verified in that you can use partitioned flash drives e.g. in LINUX.

Conclusion: Don´t make/let a windows tool allow to partition your flash/pen drive!

Reply   |   Comment by ws  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

One of the cleanest installs I've seen here in a while!!

I had version 4.1.1 installed from a previous GAOTD... this install found it, removed it and installed the new version like a 'pro' ...

Apparently it does not require registration/activation; there is no indication in 'About' of registration. Thank you EASEUS and GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by JimC  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

Dawson Witter: you completely misunderstand the thing. This is not about Ashr af but about people like you. It should be possible to cri ticize anyone for that matter, nobody is above cr iticism.
It is even impossible that one man can only be always right, think about that.
As soon somebody dare s to differ in opi nion from Ashra f (he is much valued no doubt about that), herds of people start whi ning like you lot do.

Reply   |   Comment by Janus 2face  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

I agree, leave ASHRAF alone. His comments are greatly accepted and at least he tries to bring a good objective review which is more than can be said for all you who get on here and just whine. Ashraf - please continue to provide reviews, and anybody else who can provide good info please contribute. I myself have used this SW and have found it to be very good. No real issues that I can think of, it is a good performer I would rate it at 8 out of 10. It has a very easy GUI and the software does exactly what is advertised. It is a great freebie.

Reply   |   Comment by Dawson Witter  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

#37: "@ Fubar to your 2nd point: imagine why …? Windows doesn´t allow flash/pen drives to be partitioned!
This stops naive users who would try to partition those drives (which alway was possible with the paragon products – and several people asked me for help/advice when their flash drives did not longer work properly, showes up wrong sizes, or even produced data losses!!!)"

OK, here's the scoop on flash memory -- hopefully it'll put some of these sorts of questions/comments to rest... people question, debate, & sometimes argue based on personal experience, which is fine, as long as they realize that both sides are often right -- the difference in this case is the actual devices used.

At it's core, your PC/laptop doesn't, can't talk to flash memory. There's hardware/electronics needed at both ends, connected to the main board of the PC/laptop, & connected to the board holding the flash memory chips. Both vary a *Lot*. When/if a USB interface is added, that brings more variables into the equation. When that USB interface is designed to *mimic/emulate* a hard drive, loads & loads of variables influence how well it does & what it works with.

1) Depending on hardware & software used, Yes, USB sticks can be partitioned, & in fact, with some you cannot have a single partition -- that's in the stick's firmware. 2) How, & more importantly IF disk-related software will recognize USB stick partitions, is determined by all those variables already mentioned -- some software will work with some sticks only on some machines. 3) The same can be said for image backup software. 4) There are hacks, utilities etc to work with & sometimes alter the way flash memory connected via USB works... an easy example is the formatting applied using Paragon's built-in utility for creating bootable USB sticks. 5) How well anything USB stick related works can be influenced by where it's plugged in -- on a PC plug the stick in at one of the sockets on the rear of the motherboard before saying anything works or not. 6) Card readers can have better electronics if you move from using a stick to a flash card.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

That is funny that people suggest the Linux Mac was not useful because I was looking at the site on my Mac. I just bought the Mac, but still have my windows machine. I was glad to see that it was not for a Mac. Some of us are beginners and do not realize Windows software is not for Macs. Unless one understands the Operating systems then that may not be as obvious as some think. I wish some software could be used on my Mac.

Reply   |   Comment by Lu Lu  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

EASEUS software works. The 2 big differences I've found between EASEUS & Paragon software in use, are 1) Paragon tries to be more helpful [this is a sometimes a double-edged sword, as in my experience if you copy a bootable partition to a removable drive, it sets your system to boot just from that drive], & 2) Paragon has a better disk image/backup solution that they include in many of their disc apps. Beyond that partitioning software is rather boring -- there are no *Gee Whiz* features to add like with other kinds of apps. You don't use it often, & when you do it's usually associated with a bit of other work, like installing an additional version of Windows, or replacing a failing drive. And, whether you use EASEUS Partition Master or some other app when you split a new drive into a couple or more partitions, you shouldn't notice any difference in the results -- partitioning a drive may be the only thing you can do with your PC where the software you used makes no difference.

Simplified, every hard drive used with your PC/laptop has at least 1 partition, but may have more. In use you might think of them as dividers in a loose leaf notebook. While in that respect they don't differ that much from folders, there are things that work better with partitions... it's simplest to add a 2nd OS to a separate partition [yes, you can have more than 1 version of Windows on the same partition -- I've done it -- but at today's low disk prices it's not worth the aggravation (loads & loads of registry editing)], & it can make operations like defrag & backup faster & easier. You can move the boundaries of those partitions around, which is I think the main reason most people use partition software. While both Paragon & EASEUS offer features like copying partition contents, &/or moving those contents from one end of the partition to another so you can adjust the boundary, you can do the same thing creating a disk image backup, then restoring it to a new or modified partition on an existing or new drive -- & it can be safer as you have a backup if things go terribly wrong. One new feature -- the ability to move a system disk to another machine & still have it work -- are unique to partitioning apps, but I don't think it's been around long enough for a good, consensus opinion comparing it to the conventional re-install Windows.

EASEUS has loads of info [http://www.partition-tool.com/resource/] that for the most part gives straightforward answers to many *how do I do that* questions.

RE: 32 bit vs. 64, Drivers, & Portability...
Paragon uses a system driver to help with the disk snapshot for backup etc -- this snapshot allows it to include copies of files Windows is currently using -- & that driver is either 32 or 64 bit to match Windows. The 32/64 bit versions of the apps themselves appear pretty much identical. While there are plugins to use Paragon's backup software on/in something like BartPE, I've found that if you copy "qtp-mt334.dll" (ignoring anything driver-related) to the app's "program" folder, you have a portable version that can be used for restoring backups. Restoring a backup image means copying a LOT of data, & it happens much faster when you boot to a minimal version of Windows, rather than using the typical Linux boot disc -- I boot to just such a setup [using LiveXP], then start Paragon Backup on another USB stick or internal drive. Working with partitions, which *almost* always happens outside of Windows, you can usually avoid all that copying, so there isn't the same need to boot into a mini-Windows environ... to be honest I've never tried it with their Partition Mgr -- it *might* work[?].

EASEUS Partition Master does use drivers & services -- actually more of them -- & like Paragon there are 32 bit & 64 bit versions, the app itself seems identical. EASEUS uses a (IMHO) more generic version of Linux boot disc, that can be easier to combine with other apps on a more complete Linux boot disc or bootable USB stick. [Grub is often used to make USB sticks bootable, & can with a minimal learning curve, give you a boot menu pointing to not just a mini-Windows image, but files/apps copied from a Linux boot CD] Otherwise, while they do have a BartPE plugin for their free backup app [http://www.todo-backup.com/products/features/free-backup-software-winpe.htm], I've found Partition Master not portable.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+38)

Most people want to make up their own mind. Not everybody is knowledgable enough to do so in a sufficient manner when it comes to software. But even when you are, considering an other o pinion is just plain healthy. Nobody can think of everything, many are confined within their own perspectives and everybody makes mist akes.
Expressing different thoughts and opinio ns only contributes to a richer discours.
Why should anyone co mplain about opi nions other then Ashr afs. (14 & 17). Have an open mind and respect other opini ons, not only one particular one (18, 21, 22).

Reply   |   Comment by Janus 2face  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

# Mike

Also very happy to have Ashraf's comments here and to visit his very interesting website and read his reviews to get a preliminary idea of how the softwares work. He is performing a very useful service for many. He is a person of principle and thankfully does not stoop to locking horns with those negative belittlers here who simply enjoy putting others down.

Reply   |   Comment by Jess  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

#14 I agree with you totally. Ashraf is not even try to give a proper review. I mean come on
"Only supports Windows based partition formats (FAT, FAT32, NTFS) – no Linux or Mac.
I am almost sure they never claimed to support linux or mac. I don't go looking for mac partitioning software for my pc so why would a mac user go looking for windows partitioning software for their mac. Get real Ashraf, use a little common sense and if your going to suggest free alternatives make your link point to the program website not your own self absorbed website.

Reply   |   Comment by Stan  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-49)

@ Fubar
to your 2nd point: imagine why ...?
Windows doesn´t allow flash/pen drives to be partitioned!

This stops naive users who would try to partition those drives (which alway was possible with the paragon products - and several people asked me for help/advice when their flash drives did not longer work properly, showes up wrong sizes, or even produced data losses!!!)

Reply   |   Comment by ws  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+34)

#13 RichB: Though I haven't downloaded the program, I doubt that it contains the install files for any of the various USB operating systems. (for my purposes, USB operating system is an OS designed to run with very little memory) Any operating system can actually be installed on a flash drive, as long as there is enough space on it...all you need are the install files. Just find the OS you want to put on there, and install it, then, next time you boot your computer, go into the System BIOS, and change the boot sequence...put USB drive (or whatever it says) at the top, and vwala, your running your computer from a flash drive instead of your hard drive. This can actually be done with any memory device that has read/write functionality...your just replacing your hard drive with a flash drive.

If your concerned about messing with the system BIOS, please note that it goes down the list on the boot sequence page. If you put usb drive at the top, then put in a flash drive without an OS on it, then it'll just move on down the list. If there is a flash drive with an OS on it, then suddenly you'll be booting up Linux or whatever else you put on there.

Reply   |   Comment by traveler  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Thx, #27. Just the info I needed. Haven't had the cojones yet to set a separate partition for new software downloads, but working on it.

Reply   |   Comment by susiekay  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Ashraf has saved me a lot of time - I always trust his reviews. Some nit-pickers seem to want to bash him. Envy? Perhaps. Ashraf, keep up the great job. We love you.

Reply   |   Comment by drvajra  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)
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