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.
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.
Available operations to a partition:
Available operations to whole disk:
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:
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.
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.
If you applied any incorrect operations, you can cancel the ongoing operations without losing data.
With the help of this technology, you can apply most of operations in Windows without rebooting to Pre-OS mode.
With the help of its special file-moving algorithm, you can shrink and extend partition with much less time.
You just need to click, drag and drop on the disk map to modify disk partitions, anyone can use this program well without help.
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..
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.