Easeus Partition Master Professional Edition was already a very
competent partitioning program. Not everyone needs anything beyond
the basic facilities provided with Windows Vista or Windows 7, but
when you do EPM Pro has always been a good place to start shopping,
along with Acronis
Disk Director, and some freebies like Parted Magic. The
latest version adds partition recovery capabilities to an already
bulging feature set.
Partition Master Professional has earned my respect over the
last few years. I’ve created, deleted, formatted, moved, and
resized partitions with both real and virtual hard drives with a
100% success rate. That’s excepting a short period of time when the
program didn’t recognize some VM hard drives. Operations are cached
until you click the Apply button, so you may construct complex
partitioning chores in relative safety. Even so, back up your hard
drive before you edit your partition structure.
Alas, the partition recovery, while it works, it might sometimes
fool users into thinking it doesn’t. For instance, I deleted a
partition then created two new ones in the resulting void (without
writing any data). Partition Master Professional failed to find the
deleted original partition beneath the two new ones. When I deleted
the two new partitions, however, the program found all three
deleted partitions. Upon restoring the original partition, all its
data was intact so I’ll call the operation an overall success and
leave you with the caveat. Easeus explained that this was a
“feature” designed to prevent users from overwriting new
partitions. I call it misguided.
Easeus Partition Master Professional Edition includes a fully
functional ISO image that you can burn to CD and boot from. It’s
virtually identical to the Windows-based application.
For users with less stringent requirements, there’s a free Home version of
Partition Master, and to work on server operating systems
you’ll need the pricier Server version.
All told, Partition Master Professional is a handy program for
anyone to have within reach.