Acronis Partition Expert
Acronis Partition Expert is the latest
partition software from Acronis that offers a true single solution in PC
structure management by allowing users full control over their hard
drive partitions for both Windows and Linux operating systems. Ideal for
those users who want to create, resize and move partitions without
losing any valuable information or for those that want piece of mind in
relation to data integrity.
Once out of the box, the CD was ready to be installed and after a few
minutes, this software package was ready to be tested on our test
machine that contains two hard drives with five partitions. I must admit
that when you start meddling with partitions, the fear of data loss does
become an integral thought, however the professionalism of Acronis and
their quality of software does assist in alleviating any fears.
The biggest selling point of Acronis Partition Expert is the easy to use
interface that divides the programs into three main windows. The top
window pane is used for a variety of shortcuts with the left pane used
for the navigation and wizard with the last pane used as an information
window to display graphics and information about your partitioned drives
or where your partition process is up to.
Another cool feature of Acronis Partition Expert is that it gives the
user a variety of options that can be accessed via user-friendly wizards
such as ensuring better data security of their hard drives or moving
data from one partition to another.
Partition Expert also includes the ability of booting from certain partitions
(great if you have more than one operating system installed) and the
recovery expert that basically tries to prevent any data loss if you
happen to have a hard drive failure.
We tested the program in a variety of ways by merging all partitions
into one (without any data loss) and re-creating these partitions with a
variety of different sizes and once again without any data loss. We even
managed to install Linux onto one of the new partitions and by a few
clicks of the wizard, we had the option of booting from this
non-Microsoft operating system.
Structure your PC into a more suitable
layout to improve performance.
Ensure better data security in the
event of a drive crash.
High-speed disk partitioning.
Your complete disk management solution!
Create, resize, format and move partitions without losing data.
Reorganise the hard disk drive structure, optimize disk space usage
Dual modes: Automated and Manual.
Use task-based wizards to create
partitions and increase free space.
Troubleshoot issues and reasons for
failure by viewing logs.
Check the list of pending options
before committing to the action.
Specify the partition you want to boot
an operating system from, by setting
Check partitions for file system
Acronis Partition Expert also assists the
user in apocalyptic scenarios such as the ability to restore deleted
partitions, recover data from lost partitions and also create bootable
media to assist with recovery or access to other partitions. The program
also has the ability to "defrag" your partitions in order to allow files
to be located and loaded faster. As there is no one set media in
computers these days, Acronis Partition Expert gives the user access to
a wide gamut of formats that include USB, SCSI and a variety of portable
media such as floppies, ISO-images and CD/DVD discs.
Benefits of Partition Expert:
Easy-to-understand user layout is very
similar to Windows XP Explorer.
Enhance PC performance by formatting and converting partitions
without losing data.
Two usage options - wizard-driven or
manual. Novice users are walked through each task by automated
wizards. Advanced users can use the manual mode to fine tune
Comprehensive user manual available on
the CD will assist you with
Saves time and money you would have
previously spent on archiving your data with external devices or
In conclusion, Acronis Partition Expert is
your one stop shop for "partition magic" that does give you full control
over your partitions at a fraction of the cost of its competitors.
Recommended for users that wish to partition their hard drives and also
those that wish for full data integrity.
Processor Pentium or similar CPU
Memory (RAM) 128MB
CD-ROM CD or DVD drive
Other * A PC-compatible computer. *
Supported file systems: FAT16/32, NTFS, Linux Ext2/Ext3, ReiserFS,
Linux SWAP. * Supported operating systems:
Windows 98 SE/ME/NT 4.0 Workstation
SP6/2000 Professional SP3/XP SP2.