Partition software is helpful to most of the Windows computer users, with which you can create, delete, format, resize, merge, convert, copy, defrag partitions, etc. PowerQuest PartitionMagic is the first choice over ten years ago, it is so famous that many people still search or talk about it nowadays. In fact, PartitionMagic doesn't support Windows Vista and subsequent versions. This article introduces the best alternative of PartitionMagic and how to create portable version with it.
Applies to: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Small Business Server (SBS) 2011/2008/2003.
About Partition Magic portable
PartitionMagic 8.0.5 is the last version released under Symantec on May 5, 2004. It supports Windows XP, but is not full compatible with XP sp2 or XP sp3. From Windows Vista, boot manager is changed and new file system is added, so PartitionMagic does NOT support Windows Vista and subsequent versions.
On December 8, 2009, Symantec website officially states, "Sorry, we no longer offer Norton Partition Magic." So it's time to find Partition Magic alternative.
However, many PartitionMagic fans still search by Google or ask the tech guys whether it is possible to build Partition Magic portable version, that means create bootable CD/DVD or USB disc to use without Operating System. Don't do this! The Partition Magic portable version solved the problem that cannot install to Windows, but as I said, boot manager and some file system are not supported. If you resize volume or do some other operations, system and partitions are very likely to be damaged. Furthermore, GPT style disk is not supported even if you create PartitionMagic portable.
Norton PartitionMagic alternative for Windows PC and Server
Search the safest partition software for Windows by Google and you'll find NIUBI Partition Editor, which has free version for Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP (32 & 64 bit) home users. NIUBI Partition Editor is similar but much more powerful than Norton PartitionMagic.
Download it and you'll see the main window with 5 blocks.
- All single partitions with detailed information such as capacity, free space, file system, type and status.
- All hard disks with graphical structure.
- Available operations to the selected disk or partition, unavailable operations are hidden automatically.
- The operations you do won't be executed immediately, instead, they'll be listed as pending.
- 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?
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
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
Advantages of this Partition Magic alternative
There are many Partition Magic alternatives in the market, both the GUI and functions of these partitioning software are similar with PartitionMagic, but NIUBI Partition Editor is recommended by many editors and professionals, because it has many advantages comparing with other tools, for example:
- 1 Second Rollback technology
There is potential system damage and data loss risk while repartitioning hard drive. If it happens, you cannot boot Windows or lose data if you have no backup. It also costs a long time to restore even if you have backup. But with NIUBI Partition Editor, it is able to rollback computer to original status automatically and in a flash if anything goes wrong.
- Virtual Mode
The operations you do won't be executed immediately, instead, they'll be listed as pending, so by simply clicking Undo, you can cancel the incorrect or unwanted operations. The real disk partitions won't be modified until you click Apply to confirm.
- Cancel-at-well technology
If you applied any incorrect operations, you can cancel the ongoing operations without losing data.
- Hot-Resize technology
With the help of this technology, you can apply most of operations in Windows without rebooting to Pre-OS mode.
- Much faster
With the help of its special file-moving algorithm, you can shrink and extend partition with much less time.
- Easy to use
You just need to click, drag and drop on the disk map to modify disk partitions, anyone can use this program well without help.
- Multiple OS and device supported
It supports Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP and Windows Server 2019, 2016, 2012, 2011, 2008 and 2003 (32 and 64 bit). Removable/internal hard disk, all types of hardware RAID array, VMware/Hyper-V, USB disk and memory cards are all supported..
Create Partition Editor portable
Step 1: Download NIUBI Partition Editor, click Create bootable media on top left.
Step 2: Create Bootable Media Wizard will be launched, simply click Next to continue.
Step 3: Click Next to use default path to desktop, or click Browse to change output location.
Wait for several minutes, NIUBI Partition Editor ISO file will be generated.
You may either use Windows built-in "Burn to disc" utility or 3rd-party software to build portable version of this partition magic software with ISO file. Learn how to burn NPE ISO to CD/DVD or USB disc.