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Giveaway of the day — Paragon Partition Manager 11 Personal Special Edition (English Version)

Paragon Software's advanced partitioning tools help you completely control and manage your hard disks!
$39.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 631 (67%) 315 (33%) 66 comments

Paragon Partition Manager 11 Personal Special Edition (English Version) was available as a giveaway on March 23, 2011!

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Get the original! Paragon Software's advanced partitioning tools help you completely control and manage your hard disks!

With growing hard drive capacity, the need to reasonably split up the space is more important than ever. This easy-to-use partitioning tool is ideal for re-structuring your hard disk for optimal and effective data storage.

Key Features and Benefits of Partition Manager 11 Personal:

  • Create, Format, Delete Partition. You can create, format, delete a partition of any popular file system.
  • Express Create Partition. Create a new partition in the most appropriate place of a hard disk, format it to NTFS and then make it available in the system.
  • Move/Resize Partitions. You can resize and/or move partitions on a hard disk.
  • Express Resize Partition. Increase free space on one partition by utilizing the unused space of an adjacent partition (including partitions of Apple Boot Camp).

If you are Windows x64 OS user, please follow the link here (file size: 104 MB).

Technical Support: During the Giveaway period Paragon Software provides technical support at http://twitter.com/paragonsoftware. Please, post your questions if you have any troubles while downloading, registering and using the software. Paragon Software’s support team will reply you as soon as possible.

Limitations: This version requires registration that allows us to create and send a free Serial Number for you. No WinPE included on this download.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7


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File Size:

104 MB



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@68 - Precisely why they tell everyone to make a backup before doing something as risky as resizing partitions.

Reply   |   Comment by BuBBy  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I am COMPLETLY dissapointed about Paragon's partition mananger. I installed it,then I wanted resize the C partition. So,at restart it starts resizing. After about 2 hours - done. Restarted the computer again and then...WHAT A SURPRISE!!! WINDOWS COULD NOT FIND MY HARD DISK,
"1.Insert your Windows Instalation DVD media.2.Reboot your computer and choose language settings.3.Click 'repair my computer" - Searched everywhere,nothing. After getting a temporary pc i downloaded the dvd and burned. Then i was UNABLE to repair it so i started a new instalation. I'LL NEVER USE PARAGON! NEVER,EVER!!!

Reply   |   Comment by djbogdy43  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Installed Okay on desktops and yes this is the same build as last time, Now ASUS laptop install Okay but HP laptop is doing different things with the security on these units now .... not so good, stuck in a loop at start up not sure what to do. Don't really want to do a factory reset but the restore doesn't seem to work anymore. yuk , Bob

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This would not install. I tried 5 or 6 times. Each time it says the installation was aborted before it finished, try again.
I ran the 64-bit install on Windows Vista 64-bit.

Reply   |   Comment by mowgli  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Since I'm going to wipe my current installation of Windows anyway, and it would be impractical to test this sort of app within a VM, I installed Paragon Partition Manager 11. The Express Mode button is on the right, not the left of this app (big deal). Paragon can't handle my RAID volumes, my USB thumb drive, or proprietary (non-standard) partitions. This is version 11, Paragon is a regular here on GOTD, but they're going on my do-not-install list. ShadowProtect handles all of that with ease, EASEUS handles non-standard partitions fine (I don't remember about the rest).

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

OK finally saw what I was missing. Duh. Clunky installation for clunky people can be confusing. The zipped file put a file onto my C drive by default to which I had to navigate to and click on.

Too subtle for moi, I suppose. But once I stumbled on it, installation proceed as expected.

Thanks GAOFTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Walt  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

@49 Sparky
There is a possible fix at techspot.com -- how to fix an unreadable usb flash drive-- gives details and free software to maybe fix your usb. Thanks GOTD for a repeat, upgraded my hardrive and cpu -- lost this software. Program works great on 2 TB hd.

Reply   |   Comment by Tex Jay  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Receive error code "ERROR 1327. INVALID DRIVE F:\" the setup went well, and extracted the setup. Setup ran and installed the install file on C:\ drive. Opened the install exe it ran into that error code. Running Vista Home Edition.

Reply   |   Comment by Jerry  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I know it is late to complain but I downloaded and installed the file 3X without success. All 3 times the file installed and activated automatically (according to the screen wizard) but no activation code nor information to obtain one was ever seen in the install process. The installation whizzed through and the wizard indicated that the software was activated.

The usual GiveAwayOfTheDay installation complete screen came up in my browser, but no sign of the software package can be found in my computer.

Running Vista 32. No icon on the desktop. No can find in the program search function. All I can find is a folder "Paragon NetBurning Driver" in a drivers backup folder, which doesn't seem to be this program. So I cannot install it nor access it. What happened to the program?

This one is a bust for me, which is too bad as I have used Paragon in the past and liked it very much. I will be installing a new 2TB HD in a week or so and looked forward to making use of this otherwise excellent software.

Reply   |   Comment by Walt  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

I run XP SP3. My drive's partitioned into C (storage) and D (OS, etc). I installed this in order to try to swap the two over. Luckily it seems to have saved me the trouble already. My C drive vanished after the install.

Reply   |   Comment by Ian  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This is probably a dumb question, but here goes...can I use this to create a new partition on an existing hard drive, without losing the existing data? See, told you it was a dumb question! Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Sue  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Many thanks @Rick #27. Appreciate it.

Reply   |   Comment by oliviab  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Well nobody else has posted the registration link, so here it is - as it saves some time during installation if you've already got the registration details. [http://www.paragon-software.com/registration/PM11SEpers.html]

Reply   |   Comment by Walter Lindrum  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I installed the software on a Win 7 Home Premium OS. Installed with little difficulty but the program will not open. A popup error message appears that indicates: "Operation Failed. Paragon Partition Manager was not started because some other product that uses Disk Engine must be already running. Please close that program first and try again." Now what can I do since I don't know of another product that is using the Hard Disk Engine? I have closed all other running programs.

Reply   |   Comment by Lakeranger  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This software works! Don't try to show the world how knowlegeable you are about HDD partitions. If there is something particular you don't like - be explicit.

Reply   |   Comment by Equite  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#52, juju, it would be a very rare situation for me to need a partitioning app. Windows Disk Management nearly always suffices for my needs. When Windows Disk Management is able to see and manage partitions, and a commercial third-party app is unable to, then I don't particularly trust that app. It appears that more people have positive experiences with Paragon than negative, but it does concern me when some people report data loss/corruption from using their apps. There's an annoying bug in Win7's Disk Management which the Service Pack didn't fix, the lower pane isn't resizing when you maximize.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

If you have a 64 bit system, make sure you download the right one. I noticed somebody said it didn't work - I can assure you this software works great on Win 7 64 and other x64 systems - but the download is different.

About backups - yes yes yes, do a backup first, which led me to turn up something interesting - looks like they are removing links to this product - which I dearly love - so grab it now, it competes with their two pay-for backup tools, so I bet it's gonna disappear.

Paragon Backup & Recovery™, Free Edition

It's awesome - the interface is great, and it has tools to thoroughly verify the archive !!! - it creates backup and boot media on discs,


Grab it now - I think it's going Bye-Bye

Thanks Again GAotD

Reply   |   Comment by Rob  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

#50 Fubar: then please tell us which partitioning app do you consider as the best? TIA

Reply   |   Comment by juju  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Paragon is a very solid company. They have products which compete with Easus Partition Manager and Acronis True image and Acronis disk management suite. They are doing a good job and seem to be producing a slightly better product than the previous kings of the hill. All things being equal I would go with Paragon as their world HQ is only about a mile from my house so I do have a bit of town pride in my decisions.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark Jacobs  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

#32,37, mike, if you choose to circumvent the security features in Vista+ because you don't understand them, that's your decision, but you shouldn't encourage others to do so. While it certainly didn't hurt that I have an SSD, Win7 installed in mere minutes, it's designed to install quickly.

A single partition is generally better for storage management, multiple volumes (whether via partitions, physical drives, or RAID volumes) are better for managing defragmentation and backups. Paragon isn't a top-tier solution provider; while adequate for most GOTD users, their lack of support for technologies which have been around a very long time, such as RAID, limits the value of their products to me.

#28, Micke, Paragon apps typically have an Express Mode and an Advanced Mode, you can select either. When in Advanced Mode, right at the top left there's generally an Express Mode button.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I managed to hose a USB stick with this. Was trying to encrypt it with Truecrypt, which reported I had to remove existing partition(s) first. Then installed this and did the delete partition wizard, apparently successfully.

Tried truecrypt again, still reporting existing partitions, went back to Paragon and tried to delete again. For laughs I also went to create partition wizard, which reported it couldn't see the USB stick, probably more than 4 partitions.

End result-A USB stick that can't be formatted under Windows (Vista 32 bit) and can't store any files. Expensive to me for a free program.

Reply   |   Comment by Sparky  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

This software does not install on Windows 7 64, only works on 32bit platform.

Reply   |   Comment by Jeppe Boy  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)

If it helps...

Today's Paragon Partition Manager 11 Personal Special Edition, both 32 & 64 bit versions, uses a self-extracting WinRAR file enclosed within the GOTD wrapper. Double clicking setup.exe contacts the GOTD servers to make sure everything's legit -- it may take a few moments as this GOTD is advertised on dealnews.com etc., & I'd guess they're getting hammered pretty good. Once that WinRAR self-extractor starts, click the browse button to tell it where you want to put the extracted PM11_Pers_full_ea_x32.msi or PM11_Pers_full_ea_x64.msi file. Running that .msi file installs the app.

Since these are .msi files, Uniextract works to, as the name suggests extract all the files contained in that setup package -- the latest file dates I see are 7/13/2010 if that helps anyone re: how recent this release is. BTW, the boot disc ISO = 60 MB, & once it's stored somewhere [e.g. with the original .msi] as well as burned to disk, you can easily delete it.

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#31: "With previous GAoTD Paragon offerings, I have read that installing one can affect/disable previous installations."

Some Paragon apps include drivers, & when/if that's the case newer versions will install newer drivers -- personally I've not had any problems though, as older apps have continued to work. [I often leave older versions of apps installed when possible in case of unforseen problems with the new, but I also get lazy & don't remove the old stuff when I should -- long story short I once had years worth of Paragon apps installed side x side without a problem.] That said, I have seen different versions of prgiso.dll, which may be added to Windows' system folder or kept next to the app's .exe file. **Once** I encountered a version of prgiso.dll that broke some earlier Paragon software, even though they were different apps -- moving prgiso.dll into the apps' program folders was one solution, but in this case I found it quicker/easier to just revert to the older version of the file.

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#43: "... i had the software resize the c: to 259gb. The systen rebooted and it seems it is running but itis taking forever to complete… ... I have 6 core amd with 8 gb ram and win 7 64 bit."

Moving everything to the beginning of the partition helps, so defrag 1st so your partitioning app doesn't have to move anything. While I haven't seen huge speed increases using LiveXP & similar just for partitioning, it can still help. If/when you're in regular Windows you might want to turn your AV software off as possible -- you can see the amount of resources your AV stuff is using with Task Mgr. When an app has to figure out how & where to put everything prior to defragging a drive/partition it often uses quite a bit of CPU, but the actual data movement does not -- then the speed of your drive(s) & if anything's interfering with the process matter more than sheer horsepower or number of cores.

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#44: "... Paragon killed 2 hard drives out of 3 on system in one incident... Took hours to recover..."

Again in case it helps anyone... Hard drives & partitions are generally not that complicated. In most all cases you have the 1st track that holds data on where everything is, has the boot records etc., & you have everything else. A disk/partition image backup can store all that data in more-or-less raw form, so when/if something happens the most it can cost you is the time to restore that backup image -- provided of course you took the time & effort to create one. If you don't completely trust Paragon for whatever reason, &/or you want some sort of added redundancy, use Acronis -- your hard drive manufacturer might provide a limited edition free. Note that backing up the 1st track with Paragon software usually requires running the backup wizard rather than the simpler disk or partition backup dialogs -- it can be restored separately as well.

While speed will vary depending on how much data you've archived in a disk/partition image, it takes me ~20-30 minutes to restore ~75 GB with *very* average speed drives. Faster drives help, USB 3 helps, eSATA & SATA helps. Running a Paragon backup restore operation in Windows helps compared to the ,nix boot disc -- I usually use LiveXP because of it's small size & RAM requirements. I store backup images on both 2nd & external drives -- DVDs are slow, & may be worse when/if the DVD drive has an artificial speed limit as DRM. FWIW newegg was (maybe still is) running a special with a 1 TB drive + a USB 3 dual drive dock for $50 after MIR.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

Any reason why I can't get this to install? I found the extract file and it seems that I keep on extracting it. I can't seem to find the program itself. It says it's activated but I can't find it, no desktop icon either. I didn't think that I was that bad at installing a program but I guess I am. I must have done the same thing 6 times already. DAH

Reply   |   Comment by Harry  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@Daweeni #30

Hard drive manufacturers say that 1000KB equals 1MB, 1000MB equals 1GB, etc. But Windows measures it differently. Windows says that 1024KB equals 1MB, 1024MB equals 1GB, etc. So your 750GB hard drive is read by Windows as a smaller number, so it looks like you have lost some capacity when really it's just being measured more conservatively by Windows, OK?

Reply   |   Comment by starvinmarvin  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

#33 - same experience except Paragon killed 2 hard drives out of 3 on system in one incident (and yes I know what I'm doing as a computer tech since the 80's). Took hours to recover but was recovered with Easeus data recovery product. No I do not work for Easeus.

Reply   |   Comment by Joe Smart  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

i have always liked oaragon but i just got a new system with a sinfle partition of 1 TB i had the software resize the c: to 259gb. The systen rebooted and it seems it is running but itis taking forever to complete...screems are asleep but i hear HD acticity, Is this normal> how long will this take? I have 6 core amd with 8 gb ram and win 7 64 bit. thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by phil  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@Daweeni #30

This depends on how these 50GB are being used now. Have you checked in Windows Disk Manager (right-click on My Computer icon->Manage->Disk Manager), is this space allocated to any partition?

Reply   |   Comment by Par  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

@Micke #28

You can switch to this first menu using a button that looks like a Paragon icon and named "Express Mode".

Reply   |   Comment by Par  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

"Do I need to uninstall 10.0 Personal?"

Yes, you can have only one version of the program installed at the time.

"HELLO,my first impresstion about this software is very good,but I ll say onething that this software does’nt have ( MERGING TOW PARTITION) IN A SINGLE PARTITION?SORRY My english is not too good:>"

To merge partitions please go to Wizards menu -> Advanced -> Merge Partitions and follow the wizard's instructions.

Reply   |   Comment by Par  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

This is exactly the same version as offered before, build 9887. However I did not have a 64 bit Win 7 when it was offered previously, so I am happy to see this repeated today.

Reply   |   Comment by Leo  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

I had upgraded from XP to Win 7 on my wife's computer and when I had finished there was over 200 GB of space missing from the hard drive. Only 1 GB of free space left and the properties of my C Drive showed only 10-11 GB in existence on the entire 250 GB drve.

Fortunately this happened at the same time as the last Paragon Partition Manager Giveaway. Downloaded, Installed, Found the missing space, added much more to C and made a new & bit smaller partition to the drive so it is now in two sections. One for business/programs and the other for games. - And it did not cost me $55. Thanks GOTD and Paragon! Won't be downloading this time but I will highly recommend it to others who do not have it.

Regarding the size. It is BIG but it does a lot and it does it well!

Reply   |   Comment by prying1  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Slightly off topic (?), here's an example of one of the ways you can use Paragon's apps like today's Partition Mgr...

Installing win7 takes a bit more time than it should, & it won't install on USB hard drives. Yet the essence of the win7 install is getting the files in place from the Install.wim on the setup DVD. I picked up a set of scripts at reboot.pro/10126/ that accomplish just that, putting those files into place without running setup -- one catch is you have to have the target partition in place, formatted & active, which is one use for Paragon's Partition Mgr. right there [providing you use the scripts as intended].

What I did was take an ISO of the win7 install disc, got rid of ei.cfg so the ISO/disc could install any version of 7, then used rt_7_lite_win7_Vista_x64_sp1.exe to add win7 SP1. Then I used that script to set up the nec files on a VHD [Virtual Hard Disk], but Did Not reboot to continue install -- instead I did a Paragon Backup disk image including MBR. That gave me a backup image I can restore to most any drive in any rig that can take up where the install left off, adding hardware specific settings/drivers & starting win7. Using the Windows AIK etc. I could have tailored it more for specific hardware, but in this case I wanted to keep it as generic as possible. In tests EasyBCD was also used to setup dual or multi booting when Windows was already installed. As pointed out in one post in that linked reboot.pro thread, moving data rather than files can be faster, & restoring a Paragon backup image takes care of *initial* partitioning.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

To Farrukh (#21):
64bit version of programs use 32bit emulations that's why they are installed in Program Files (x86).

To Alslow (#23):
Please note that this installation file also includes an ISO image of the Linux/DOS Recovery CD. That's why the installation is 104MB.

Reply   |   Comment by elf  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

Found the file in C. But i get the error unknown archive format. what to do next. ???

Reply   |   Comment by Roy  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

#21: "Thanks, but I’m just wondering why x64 version is trying to install in C:\Program Files (x86)\Paragon Software\Partition Manager 11 SE Personal\"

In something line win7 64, drivers have to be & are 64 bit -- 32 bit apps OTOH work just fine. Like many apps Paragon Partition Mg. is chiefly 32 bit but works with its included 64 bit drivers.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

I cannot trust Paragon's software anymore...
After their PAT tool completely ruined my HDD,i hav never used any Paragon s/w.
And neway...Easeus is much lighter and so far has never let me down...
And 104 moegs is way too much fr jst a partitioning tool!!!

Reply   |   Comment by bhavya  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

#1: "is there any difference between this one and the previous giveaway from paragon: EASEUS Partition Master 7.0.1 Professional"

I've found 2 main differences in the more common partitioning scenarios -- by that I mean no GPT, RAID, Dynamic Volumes etc... 1) Paragon apps can usually function portably [see note 1], & 2) Paragon apps normally try to help out by making adjustments to the OS, e.g. make a copied system partition bootable, adding it to Windows boot menu etc., which is not always what you want. For that reason I have both installed & use whichever one better fits what I'm doing. Paragon also includes more add-on, maybe convenience features, like having Back-up functions in their Partition Manager, but I'm not sure everyone would include that when comparing partition capabilities/apps -- some prefer Acronis backups for example making an included backup feature irrelevant.

[Note 1: Paragon apps normally use 2 files, prgiso.dll & qtp-mt334.dll, that need to be copied or moved to the program folder (next to the app's .exe) from Windows' system folder to allow them to work as portable apps. *Sometimes* with different WinPE type environs it's also necessary to copy one or more Windows .dll files to that same program folder if/when that environ doesn't include them (e.g. msvcirt.dll). The chief limitation I've found is that AFAIK when running the app portably, no one's been able to get the drivers working to mount back up images to extract individual files, though everything else works properly.]

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#4: "Does this allow creating bootable WinPE CD to partition drives without booting into Windows? Want to know before downloading cause I have limited bandwidth and the file size is large."

The GOTD version does not include their WinPE setup -- see previous Paragon offers on GOTD for lots of discussion on why. OTOH you don't need it -- see reboot.pro &/or 911cd.net &/or Microsoft's Windows AIK for info & tools to make IMHO better alternatives, e.g. I have a very small [<100 MB] bootable ISO with most network drivers etc., & it optionally uses 100+ portable apps, complete with start menus on a separate USB hard drive, including a V/Box win7 VM. That said, a WinPE-type environ is important when/if you want to move a lot of data because it's faster than the *nix alternatives included with Paragon apps, but working with partitions you're not always moving lots of data -- if you're not copying a partition or similar [i.e. not moving lots of data] the small, bootable Windows setups can be [& often are] overkill. [Or look at Acronis -- their non-WinPE boot discs can be much faster]

As far as the file size goes, you can 1) trim that down by getting rid of files like their boot disc creation stuff, 2) experiment with compression [e.g. the portableapps.com app compactor], &/or 3) look at storing/running it from an external disk/device -- by copying those files mentioned above into the program folder that you installed normally on an external drive/device, you can both run it normally in Windows or as a portable app.

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#7: "... Partition management on your active partition is time consuming… and it needs to reboot into the partition tool so it can manipulate your OS data – scary stuff!"

FWIW, not really... You should of course always backup, & make sure you can restore a backup disk/partition image beforehand because stuff happens, but that should be part of your normal routine anyway, for the same reason. ;-)

Ideally all the data on a partition is at the beginning of the partition -- in a nutshell that's what defrag does -- so most of the time you're just moving the far boundary of the partition, making the partition itself larger or smaller... you'd make it smaller to create the space for an added partition, larger when it doesn't take up all available space [if for instance you deleted a 2nd partition]. It does get more involved, & time consuming when you want to move the beginning of the partition where all the data's stored, but in my experience that's a bit rare, since *just* moving Windows from C: to D: is more than likely to break stuff [like Windows]. That's also where copying a partition or restoring a partition backup image come in handy.

"This program has multi-boot management and will also add Operating Systems to your existing setup"

*Before* adding a boot mgr of any sort, 1) use something like the Paragon disk backup wizard to backup your MBR, & 2) look at EasyBCD from NeoSmart because there's a good chance you don't Have to add a boot mgr in the 1st place.

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#9: "... the only use of partitioning is to save files on local disks other than that which contains windows if windows had to be re-installed..."

Imagine for a moment that your PC's/laptop's hard drive had no folders -- Zero -- None -- every file just added to C:\ . Not only wouldn't Windows (or most software) run, but it would be near impossible to find anything. Partitions divide up disk space the same way folders do, for many of the same reasons.

That said, in many cases you really only *need* one partition per hard drive, & if you want to maybe make things harder on yourself, that's your choice. Personally I find win7 a bit of a hassle because of the way so many folders are protected -- using another partition [in my case the 1 XP's installed on] gets around those issues. I also find that backing up, defragging, error checking etc. all happen faster with apps on another partition, keeping the Windows' partitions smaller. And working with audio/video I have a lot of temporary or intermediate files -- again using a non-system partition makes it simpler, easier to keep track of & find those I'm after.

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#14: "I have several freeware cloning and partitioning apps so I dont realy need another one. I use these apps very infrequently, only when a disc dies or I need to replace a small one with a larger one. I dont ‘slit up the space’, I add another disc! My main PC has two 320GB discs and a 500GB disc. So I dont need to partition any of them thanks."

Stuff like a GParted LiveCD & the free Acronis apps that often come with hard drives do work fine. OTOH I find the convenience of EASEUS & Paragon partition apps well worth the effort to install. For me it's also much simpler/easier to use 1 LiveXP boot disc or USB stick for most all work outside of Windows, & with portable versions of Paragon's apps available when I boot to LiveXP, that's a lot less to keep track of, not to mention less to remember & fewer CDs laying around my desk.

With smaller disks like you have there is much less need for extra partitioning -- you're absolutely right. However the sweet spot for buying hard drives right now is 1 - 2 TB... if you've ever done a lower level format, erased, or checked the disk surface on one of these larger drives you know the impractical aspects of huge. ;-) And the more space we have, the more we tend to accumulate & store -- sifting through thousands of files on a 1 TB+ partition is Not fun, especially when they're mixed in with hundreds of thousands of program files. And of course the more files you have to back up, the longer it takes & the more storage space required for archives -- why go through that when you don't have to? Windows changes at least monthly, your docs & projects maybe by the minute, but many apps are the same for years -- why back up an app that's the same? Stick it on another partition & you don't have to. [Incremental backups do the same thing, but they're slower -- I can probably do 3 or more full partition backups in the time it takes to do one incremental].

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+45)

I am still running xp and have a 750GB drive that only shows 700GB in Windows. (I forgot to partition it when I installed the OS - I was kind of stressed out due to the old hard drive having crashed...). Can I use this to regain the missing 50GB? No big deal if not, since I will probably never use the 700GB that does show, but it would be nice to know if and how I can backtrack.

Reply   |   Comment by Daweeni  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

yasser assayyed,
If the program crashed or refused to work, and you want to return your pc to its original previous condition, you use that handy little option that every pc has, it's called a restore point.

wildcat, If you click the modify button, and get “Error 1316A. A network error occurred… try clicking the repair button instead. You obviously have an earlier version and repair should update it without having to uninstall and reinstall.

Reply   |   Comment by Joe  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

I noticed a small annoyence or bug in this one, thought I'd share it here. When PPM is launced you will get a menu from wich you can pick varoius options. Once this option / action is done, you will be returned to this main menu again. This is wery nice. But if you pick Partition Manager, it will not return to main menu and it will start all the time in Partition Manager, reinstall is required to fix it.

The main menu is good since it has all the actions / options in menus and submenus. Fast to pick what you like and easier to use. In Partition Manager mode you still have all, but you should have more knowhows about the software in this mode. If your new to this software, wait with picking Partiton Manager. You got all the options easier in the other menus.

Reply   |   Comment by Micke  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

@Buzzy #3 & @Wildcat #12 - I did not have any problems installing PM 11 on my system. However, first I uninstalled PM 10, rebooted, and deleted PM 10's folder from the Paragon Software folder under the Program Files folder. Then when I ran the installation program, it said PM 11, not 10.

@Saleh #5 - At the top of this page, in the description of the program, at the end of the last line (Limitations), it states that WinPE is not included.

@John #6 & @Rob #9 - Today's offering is exactly the same as the one you reference.

@oliviab #10 - If you accepted the defaults when you ran the setup program, the msi file should be in C:\. Just double-click your C drive and look for PM11_Pers_full_ea_x32.msi.

Reply   |   Comment by Rick  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

#5 Saleh - if this is the same version that was provided in July of last year, as buzz123 indicates, then it will NOT burn a WinPE CD. According to Paragon's Knowledge Base you need the professional or server versions (http://kb.paragon-software.com/paragon/include/templ/object2.jsp?catId=2124&objId=2601&statId=1639805&foLang=en). Also, from last year, Asraf includes "the bad" that it will not create a WinPE disk (http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/paragon-partition-manager-11se-personal/#)

Reply   |   Comment by ChrisS  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

not sure you are referring to the same software. Easus is not the same company.

Reply   |   Comment by madmax  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

I love paragon-All their softwares are very useful-especially when disaster strikes, I have used their bootable CD and revived my PC.
Their registration is also very simple.

Reply   |   Comment by manoj  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

104 megs for a program is way to much. How long will it take me to download using my dialup connection? Please make it smaller, say 10mb?

Reply   |   Comment by Alslow  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-34)

My experience of the two: Paragon vs Easeus is clear: I have had only one problem with Paragon, which was sorted easily. The Paragon interface is a bit clunkier but will do most things that Easeus will do. HOWEVER: Easeus software is NOT FAIL-SAFE. If it encounters a problem it will quit and leave your disk unreadable. Paragon appears to be less prone to this kind of error. I have had to use Paragon software to repair Easeus errors on several occasions. I will not use Easeus again - I will use Paragon again. Very simple.

Reply   |   Comment by MyTuppenceWorth  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+41)

Thanks, but I'm just wondering why x64 version is trying to install in
C:\Program Files (x86)\Paragon Software\Partition Manager 11 SE Personal\

Seems like, its a copy of x86 version

Reply   |   Comment by Farrukh  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Never mind. i found the file. i know it says it will be ''installed'' to C: but I assumed that it meant when the program was installed. the msi file is placed directly into the C: drive. I moved it to the unzipped folder, along with the other stuff. it is now installed. Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Having used both Easeus and Paragon partioning tools for years now, I have to admit that Easues was better at first, but now Paragon has the superior offering.

Paragon Partition Manager allows you to expand partitions that are not at the end of the disc (such as a C: drive when you also have a D: drive) - this is VERY handy when upgrading to a larger HDD or when you run out of room on your C: drive but still have a lot of room on your D: drive.

Reply   |   Comment by Nukkels  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
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