Windows 10: Partition Wizard 10.1 Questions to experienced users

  1.    17 Mar 2017 #1

    Partition Wizard 10.1 Questions to experienced users


    I have a number of bootable Partition Wizard CDs from v9.1 and going back.

    I see that there is a new version - 10.1 - but it looks like there is no free version of the bootable CD. It seems you must buy a full version of the software to be able to create the boot CD.

    Q1: Is this indeed the case now?

    The reason I am looking at 10.1 is because I can't boot 9.1 in UEFI Mode without disabling SecureBoot and TPM.
    I can boot 9.1 from normal mode and PW opens fine.

    Q2: Does it matter? If I can start the program from CD in non-UEFI mode, am I limited in what I can do (for basic disk management tasks - I'm not talking about advanced options not normally included in the free versions)

    Q3: Are there any features of v10.1 that are must have, or special?

    I've got a couple of brand new laptops to set up and I will be deleting recovery partitions and resizing OS partition.
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  2. storageman's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 1803 17134.137
       17 Mar 2017 #2

    Yes - there is no bootable CD now with the Free Version of Partition Wizard.

    The only feature that I would enjoy is the WinPE bootable media. Since the older versions always have used a Linux based system and didn't support my Wireless Mouse & Keyboard, I always had to rummage around and find my old wired Mouse & Keyboard before I could use it.
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  3. topgundcp's Avatar
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       17 Mar 2017 #3

    Q1: Is this indeed the case now?
    For now. Nobody knows

    Q2: Does it matter? If I can start the program from CD in non-UEFI mode, am I limited in what I can do (for basic disk management tasks - I'm not talking about advanced options not normally included in the free versions)
    You can almost do any basic operation in version 9
    Q3: Are there any features of v10.1 that are must have, or special?
    No really except couple of new features but I don't think they apply to you. Below was copied from their website:

    • Create, format, delete, copy, label, wipe exFAT partition, and more...
    • Copy MBR disk to GPT disk, including the system disk.
    • Convert system disk from MBR to GPT.
    • Copy system required partition only or copy the entire system disk.
    • Support HD resolution (4K, 5K).


    Having said all that. My preference is to use Macrium Rescue disk even though it's an imaging software but it can also be used as a partition manager. It's always a good idea to make a backup copy before messing around with partitions and Macrium provides that.
    Boot up Macrium disk and use the backup image to re-arrange, copy, resize, swap, convert from/to MBR or GPT partition(s) and IMO, it's faster than using the partition manager.
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  4.    18 Mar 2017 #4

    Or simply use this iso which has it in (can update it if older version).

    Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk
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  5.    18 Mar 2017 #5

    Thanks for the pointers folks.

    I'm making a full disk image with Acronis, of the out-of-the-box system, now. Will not screw with the partitioning and customizing until that is done.

    I will probably just use my 9.1 disk for now. I have an Easeus 10.1 disk for higher level disk chores. I'm just very comfortable with PW - like an old pair of jeans.
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  6.    19 Mar 2017 #6

    Just an FYI in case anyone is interested:

    I can boot my Partition Wizard 9.1 bootable CD on a UEFI system by going into BIOS Settings and Enabling CSM (Compatibility Support Module).

    Upon saving changes and exiting you can immediately hit the Boot Menu key and you will have 2 options for CD-ROM, a UEFI one and a Legacy one. Choose the Legacy CD-ROM and the disk will start right up like usual.

    Don't forget to change the CSM back to disabled after, or the OS will not start.

    It's an annoying extra step, but keeps an old program useful.
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