Partition Assistant Home Edition is a free partition manager. A partition manager can be used to create new partitions or to delete or modify existing ones. It supports all the major partition formats, including FAT, FA32, and NTFS. The "Home" edition could be considered the demo of the paid version. However, it is fully functional, and it has only one limitation: changes can't be applied in real time. When you carry out an operation, your system will reboot, and the PreOS mode will take over your computer before Windows boots up again. It will carry out all the requested changes, and then send you back to Windows.
Perhaps one of this application's strongest points is its design. It was obviously crafted to be used by people who don't know much about partitions and formats. The main window shows a little graph that represents your current partitions. This graphs shows in different colors the total space and the free space within those partitions. When you click on the graph, another one will appear at the bottom, and on that one, you can drag and drop to resize the partition. If you reduce the size of a partition that was taking the whole space on your hard drive, a new graph will appear, which will display unallocated space. You can click on that one to create a new partition.
Some of the other things you can do with this app are: move partitions, split partitions, copy partitions, and change labels.
There are wizards that make extending, copying disk and partitions much easier.
In my testing, I was able to resize a partition and create a new one on the unallocated space with no problems. The whole process only took some time for system's restart and for a few minutes. Partition Assistant Home Edition is a free partition manager. A partition manager can be used to create new partitions or to delete or modify existing ones. It supports all the major partition formats, including FAT, FA32, and NTFS. The
With version 4.0, Aomei Partition Assistant Home Edition brings support for Windows 8 Consumer Preview. The developers claim that it has been 100% tested and that it works for adjusting partition size, extending and shrinking a partition, extending a system partition, creating and making new partitions, merging and splitting partitions, and allocating free space.
This new version also lets you convert primary partitions to logical partitions and there is support for 2TB MBR disks, 4TB GPT disks, and USB flash drives. Users will also be able to merge two partitions or non-contiguous space to a partition.