Paragon Partition Manager Free Edition v14

A Full Review of Paragon Partition Manager Free Edition

Screenshot of Paragon Partition Manager 14 Free in Windows 7
Paragon Partition Manager Free v14. © Paragon Technologie GmbH.

Paragon Partition Manager Free Edition is a partition management software tool for Windows that will format, delete, resize, and hide partitions

Because this is a free version of Paragon Partition Manager, there are a number of limitations but it's certainly usable for a variety of basic partition tasks.

Note: Paragon Partition Manager Free Edition used to be called Paragon Partition Manager Express.

If you have an older version of that program, this is the replacement.

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Keep reading for more information about this free disk partitioning tool and what I thought about it after trying it out.

Paragon Partition Manager Free Edition Pros & Cons

There aren't as many features in this program as in similar tools I've looked at:

Pros:

  • Has an easy to use Express Mode
  • Supports basic partition edits
  • Changes can be setup to apply only after you've submitted them
  • You can undo and redo changes before applying them

Cons:

  • Lots of features are disabled in this free edition
  • Doesn't support as wide a variety of file systems as competing tools
  • Free for personal use only

More About Paragon Partition Manager Free Edition

  • Can mark partitions as active or inactive
  • Supports enlarging the system partition without having to restart the computer to apply the changes
  • An option lets the computer shut down automatically after applying changes
  • NTFS partitions can be expanded without having to reboot
  • Includes a volume label and drive letter changer
  • The size of a partition can be manipulated through a simple slider button as well as by entering in the size manually
  • A drive integrity check and surface test can be ran
  • Lots of features are disabled in this free version like being able to migrate the operating system to a different drive, converting between MBR and GPT, copying partitions, undeleting partitions, wiping the hard drive, and merging partitions

My Thoughts on Paragon Partition Manager Free Edition

One thing I like about Paragon Partition Manager Free Edition is that it can be set up to apply changes only after you've submitted them. This is a very common feature among disk partitioning tools because it lets you schedule a number of actions and then apply them consecutively in one swipe, saving lots of time. You can, however, disable this feature if you'd prefer to have everything happen immediately after you make the change.

Paragon Partition Manager Free Edition has an Express Mode and a Full Mode, giving you two different views depending on the level of actions you want to take on the drive.

The Express Mode is what you see when you first open Paragon Partition Manager Free Edition. It makes it easy to do various things like create, format, and resize partitions.

It works by walking you through a wizard for that specific purpose. 

The Full Mode includes everything that the Express Mode has, plus other things like the surface test, integrity check, and volume label changer. I think most would be better off sticking to the wizards found in Express Mode.

Another thing I like is when deleting a partition, you're required to enter the volume label to confirm that it's really the one you want to remove. This is an excellent safety feature, helping to prevent you from accidentally choosing the wrong drive. Yikes.

It's too bad that there are lots of features that only work if you upgrade Paragon Partition Manager.

Not only do the inactive buttons clutter up the interface, most are freely available in other software. For example, migrating an OS to a new hard drive and copying partitions between drives is a feature found in other programs like EaseUS Partition Master Free Edition and MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition.

Download Paragon Partition Manager Free Edition
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Note: To download the free version of Paragon Partition Manager, be sure to choose the download button for the 32-bit or 64-bit version on the left side of the table, below the Partition Manager 14 Free section.