Hard disk drive is an indispensable component in Windows computer, no matter you use SSD, any types of single disk, or RAID array with several disks. Before saving files to a brand new disk, you should initialize it, create partitions and format with a file system. After running the computer for a period of time, you need to shrink, extend, convert, copy disk partitions, etc. A reliable disk partition tool can help you accomplish these tasks. To manage disk partitions in Windows desktop/laptop/tablet, there's a native free partition manager - Disk Management. It can only do some basic management operations such as create, delete, format partition and change drive letter.
From Windows 7, new Shrink and Extend Volume functions are added in Disk Management. But the Shrink Volume function can only shrink NTFS partition to create new. Extend Volume function can only extend NTFS partition by deleting the contiguous volume on the right. To manage disk partitions in Windows, third party software is better choice. In this article, I'll introduce the best free partition software for Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP (32 & 64 bit).
Free partition software introduction
Download NIUBI Partition Editor free edition and you'll see 5 blocks in the main window.
- All separate partitions with detailed information such as capacity, free space, file system, type and status.
- All physical/virtual/RAID hard disks and USB flash drive with graphical partition structure.
- All available operations to selected disk or partition, unavailable operations are hidden automatically.
- Pending operations, the operations you do won't modify real disk partition immediately. To avoid mistake, they'll be listed as pending for preview.
- Undo and redo the pending operations, or confirm to modify real disk partitions.
What does this free partition software do
Running this free partition software in Windows 11/10/8/7/Vista/XP laptop/desktop/tablet, click a partition or front of a disk and then you'll see all available operations on the left. You'll see the same operations by right-clicking.
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
- Optimize file system to fix error and improve performance
- 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
Safest free partition software in Windows
There are many free partition software for Windows 11/10/8/7/Vista/XP, why NIUBI Partition Editor could be the best? Because it is the safest and fastest partition manager.
Unlike the read-only programs such as data recovery software that just read from the hard disk drive. Disk partition software will modify the parameters of disk, partitions and files. Sometimes, it will move all files in a partition to new locations. Therefore, there is potential system damage and data loss risk, especially when you resize and move partitions.
Disk partitioning software is called as "data killer" by the people that experienced such disaster. Thus, the data protection ability is most important to a partition manager software. Better than other free and commercial disk partition software, NIUBI Partition Editor has advanced technologies to protect system and data.
As you see the block 4 in the main window, all operations are listed as pending for preview. You can click Undo to cancel the unwanted operation or click Redo to recover the canceled operations. The real disk partitions won't be changed until you click Apply button to confirm.
If you confirmed and started the changes, other disk partition software including commercial version don't allow canceling the ongoing operations from the beginning or over 50% progress even if you did something wrong. Because the cancellation causes part of parameters can't be modified, which leads to system boot failure or partition damage. Thanks to the unique Cancel-at-well technology of NIUBI Partition Editor, you can cancel the ongoing operations at any progress. Everything will back to original status in a flash.
Better than other free and commercial partition software, NIUBI Partition Editor provides another unique 1 Second Rollback technology to ensure system and data intact. If any software internal error or hardware issue such as power outage occur, it rollback the computer to original status automatically and rapidly. If it happens, nothing will be changed.
With other partitioning software, if damage occur, you have to waste a long time to restore. If you have no backup, your precious files will be lost.
The fastest free partition manager
When you shrinking a partition towards right or moving the position of a partition, all files in this partition must be moved to new locations. A good algorithm is very helpful to reduce time, especially when there are large amount of files in this partition. Thanks to the special file-moving algorithm, NIUBI Partition Editor is 30% to 300% faster than any other free and commercial partition manager. If you have testing computer or virtual machine, simply compare it with other tools in the same condition.
Other benefits of the free partition software
100% free to home users
Unlike other free partition manager software that disable many functions or bundle advertisements, NIUBI Partition Editor free edition is 100% free to all home users and 100% clean without any bundles.
Easy to use
You just need to click, drag and drop on the disk map to modify disk partitions, anyone without help or experience of running such kind of software can use this program well.
The Hot-Resize technology of NIUBI helps you shrink and extend partition without rebooting computer. (Note: close the running applications and opening files/folders in the partition that you want to shrink/move before stating NIUBI. The pending operations that marked as can be done in Windows.)
Most of your disk and partition management requirements can be fulfilled by NIUBI Partition Editor free edition. Because of its powerful data protection ability, fast file-moving algorithm and many other advantages, it is recommended as the best free partition software for Windows 11/10/8/7 laptop, desktop and tablet computer. The vendor even provides free 24/7 live chat and remote support for free edition users. Check the video guide how it works.