Partition Magic for Windows 7

Updated on: November 16, 2019

Looking Partition Magic for Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit)? Need PartitionMagic to resize and manage disk partitions? This introduces introduces free Windows 7 partition magic software.

Norton PartitionMagic for Windows 7?

PartitionMagic is originally made by PowerQuest, a software company that produces utility software, which is focus on computer data storage management.

PowerQuest PartitionMagic is utility software for hard disk drive partitioning, which runs on Microsoft Windows operating systems including Windows 2000 and Windows XP. It can resize NTFS, FAT16/32 partitions without data loss, copy and move partitions, convert between FAT16/32 and NTFS, modify cluster size, merge adjacent NTFS and FAT partitions, etc.

However, PartitionMagic is incompatible with Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10. On December 5, 2003, PowerQuest was acquired by Symantec. On May 5, 2004, PartitionMagic 8.0.5 was released under Symantec and the software name was changed to Norton PartitionMagic. This is the last release and on December 8, 2009, the Symantec website officially states: "Sorry, we no longer offer Norton Partition Magic."

Partition Magic

What happens if installing Partition Magic in Windows 7?

Once you double click the setup file, there's a window pops up saying that this program has known compatibility issues.

Partition Magic setup

If you click Run program, Partition Magic can be installed to Windows 7 without issue. However, if you double click to start it, the program compatibility issue window pops up again.

Partition Magic error

If you click Run program again, Partition Magic pops up another error 116 window and asking if you want to fix this error.

PQ error

If you click Yes, another similar error window pops up, it seems to be endless. If you click No, Partition Magic reports "Init failed: Error 117. Partition's drive letter cannot be identified". After clicking OK, this program is terminated.

PQ error

So, PowerQuest/Norton PartitionMagic can't run from Windows 7.

Windows 7 Partition Magic portable?

Norton PartitionMagic is so famous, so many people still try to find a way to use Partition Magic for Windows 7 computers. Search by Google and you'll see many similar questions: is it possible to use Partition Magic portable USB media or create Partition Magic bootable CD/DVD tool?

PartitionMagic provides a way to create rescue disk with floppy disk, but there's no way to build bootable CD/DVD/USB that doesn't rely on Operating System. After searching the internet I found Partition Magic EXE format portable version, but if run it in Windows 7, nothing happens, if run it in Windows 10, it reports "PartitionMagic can only run on Windows NT Workstation 4.0, Windows 2000, and Windows XP."

PQ Portable error

Do NOT run any types of Partition Magic bootable media on Windows 7 to resize partition or do any modification to the system partition, otherwise, system and associated partition could be damaged. Windows 7 boot manager is different with Windows 2000 or XP. In addition, there are new file system, new technologies and new disk type added which Partition Magic cannot recognize.

To modify disk partition on Windows 7, 8, 10, you need to find some alternative for Partition Magic.

Partition Magic alternative for Windows 7

There are many partition management software for Windows 7 which are similar with Norton PartitionMagic, including free and commercial, Windows setup and Linux kernel based, of course Linux based software is not suggested. How to select the right alternative of Partition Magic for Windows 7? There are several factors you may consider:

  1. Data protection ability
  2. Functionalities that fit for your needs
  3. Efficiency
  4. Price and services

- Data protection ability

Why this is the first factor you should consider? Different with read-only programs, partition management software could cause damage to your disk drives, especially when resizing and moving partitions, because all parameters of related disk, drive and files should be modified correctly. Any incorrect modification leads to system boot failure and/or partition corruption.

Better than Partition Magic and other utilities, NIUBI Partition Editor has innovative 1 Second Rollback technology to ensure system and data intact. If any software error or hardware issue occur while repartitioning disk drive, it rollback the computer to original status rapidly and automatically, so nothing will be changed or damaged.

If any disaster caused by other software, it costs a long time to restore even if you have backup.

- Functionalities that fit for your needs

Some people think that it's better if the partition software has more functionalities, but in fact it's not always correct. Many vendors design more functionalities for higher price, but some are useless or seldom used, furthermore, some poor designed features could cause program stuck, computer blue screen of death or files damage. So the most importance is checking whether this software has the features that you need, and whether they are working perfectly.

Download NIUBI Partition Editor and you'll see the main window with 5 blocks.

NIUBI Partition Editor

  1. All single partitions with detailed information such as capacity, free space, file system, type and status.
  2. All hard disks with graphical structure.
  3. Available operations to the selected disk or partition, unavailable operations are hidden automatically.
  4. The operations you do won't be executed immediately, instead, they'll be listed as pending.
  5. Undo the unwanted pending operation, redo the cancelled or click Apply to execute. (Real disk partition won't be modified until you click Apply to confirm.

What does NIUBI Partition Editor do?

NIUBI Partition Editor

Available operations to a partition:

  • Resize volume (shrink and extend)
  • Move partition location
  • Merge two adjacent volumes by 1 step
  • Copy volume to Unallocated space
  • Convert partition between Logical and Primary
  • Convert NTFS to FAT32
  • Change drive letter (such as D:)
  • Change label (add or modify name of partition)
  • Set as Active
  • Check file system integrity
  • Defrag to improve performance
  • Hide from File Explorer
  • Delete (files can be recovered)
  • Format volume to use as new
  • Wipe (erase data permanently)
  • Surface test (scan bad sectors)
  • Explore (view files/folders with directory)
  • View properties

Partition tool

Available operations to whole disk:

  • Initialize brand new disk
  • Change status to offline or online
  • Set read-only attribute
  • Wipe disk (cannot be recovered)
  • Surface test
  • View properties
  • Clone disk to migrate data and OS
  • Convert MBR disk to GPT
  • Delete all partitions
  • Cleanup disk

- Efficiency

Nobody likes the software that is running slow. Comparing with other kinds of computer programs, disk partitioning software has some peculiarity:

Comparing with other disk partition software, NIUBI Partition Editor has advantages such as:

  1. 1 Second Rollback technology to revert computer to original status automatically and in a flash if encounter any error.
  2. Virtual mode technology to avoid incorrect operations by listing all as pending for confirmation.
  3. Cancel-at-well technology to cancel incorrect but ongoing operations without data loss.
  4. Hot-Resize technology to help extend partition on the fly.
  5. Because of its special file-moving algorithm, it is 30% - 300% faster.

- Price and services

To home computer users that running Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP, NIUBI Partition Editor Free Edition is 100% free without bundled advertisement or plugins. Comparing with its Professional Edition, Free Edition is the same except lacking of 1 Second Rollback and bootable media builder. There's free 24/7 online chat support for both commercial and free edition users.

Guide of common disk partition operations for Windows 7.

It's time to forget Norton PartitionMagic and use better partition magic alternative for Windows 7, 8, 10.

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