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What I want to do sort of goes beyond using FDISK, and I already tried partition wizard mini tool (the free version). Partition Wizard does not support creating partitions and some other functions that I need. Can I get some suggestions for a free, full featured partition management software?

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What do you want to do that fdisk doesn't let you do? Why do I ask, well without knowing what you want to do we will be just throwing random names of partition software at you like gparted.

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What do you want to do that fdisk doesn't let you do? Why do I ask, well without knowing what you want to do we will be just throwing random names of partition software at you like gparted.

I intend to use it for managing different OS partitions. FDISK takes the fun out of it and makes it more of a chore. Random names of partition software (provided they meet the aforementioned criteria) is just what I want. Good and free partition software is what I'm looking for. I figure if it's good and free, then it will do the things that I need it to do by default. I'm going to check out GParted.

Any others?

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Partitions where never meant to be:

  • expanded
  • reduced
  • other wise re-sized
  • moved

Always keep a backup available when doing any of these things.

Whether or not they were meant to be, it is nice to be able to. Gparted is the best one I have ever used. I have never backed up data before resizing partitions with it(never really had anything important enough to) and have never lost any data in moving or resizing a partition. The program will usually not complete the change if it detects that data will be lost or corrupted.

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I should have been more specific, I guess. I am looking for software that runs within Window, or software that I can boot from USB. The first time I tried to use GRUB on the machine is question, I ended up with a broken and unrepairable MBR, which ultimately led to format and reinstall of HDD/Windows. I want to use a Windows Partition manager to create partitions on the same machines only HDD for trying out different OS's. Since I still use the machine or everyday stuff, I don't want to have to fix it again after losing part of the primary partition. If I can boot GParted from USB without using a separate bootloader, then GParted will do. Can it do that?

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