I’ve been experimenting with EaseUS Partition Master 9.1.1 Home Edition for a while and am impressed with it.
First, it enables easy resizing and moving of hard drive partitions, copying a partition, merging partitions, defragment a partition, changing hard drive labels, and, by the way, without destroying your data (you should always back up your system first, anyway).
Second, the Home Edition is free for home, non-business use!
I’ve used similar programs for years because I don’t like to store everything on my C: drive. It makes backing up the C: drive take more space and take longer.
However, a problem can occur when I partition my hard drive between C: and D: (or C: and E:, if the DVD drive is D:).
If I get too much in C: and have lots of space in D:, I really don’t want to uninstall programs to reinstall them to D: (of course, some programs are inconsiderate enough that they still install some of their files in the C:\Program Files directory or the C:\Windows directory despite your wishes).
That’s where a program like EaseUS Partition Master 9.1.1 Home Edition comes in handly. It makes adjusting the partition sizes easy —
- you defragment both partitions,
- then shrink the D: (or E:, or whatever) partition,
- move the D: (or E:) partition to the end of the available space (the new black space is at the end of the partition),
- then expand the C: partition into the space made available by the move.
When you first start the program, you see the image below (without the arrows and www.TerrysComputerTips.com that I added in orange).
These are apparently a subset of the available options once you select a particular partition. Note that you can select a whole Disk rather than just a partition. This provides a different set of available operations.
If you select a disk (hard drive), rather than a particular partition, your available actions/operations are those that apply to the whole disk.
When you select an existing partition, your available actions/operations are those that apply to that partition, as shown below
EaseUS Partition Master 9.1.1 Home Edition is free for home, non-business use. Business use requires one of the paid versions, which also have additional features.
I strongly suggest backing up prior to making any changes to partitions or the disks. You never know when the power will go out or Windows will crash.