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Hard drives are huge nowadays, not just in popularity, but also in data storage size.  Now that you can easily pick up a terabyte hard drive for a reasonable price, you have a new problem: how do you split up that space? Partitioning is a method of dividing storage space inside a hard drive and lets you avoid having one big disk in My Computer.

I like to keep my operating system in its own partition, separate from my personal data like My Documents, My Pictures, My Music, and My Videos. This means that if I ever have a problem with my OS (or want to wipe it, install a different version, or a different OS altogether), I can easily interact with that specific partition and my personal data will be left alone. Partitions are also great for installing multiple operating systems on a disk – I currently have an NTFS partition for Windows 7, an NTFS partition for Windows XP, as well as ext4 and swap partitions for Linux.

Now that you know how useful partitioning your disk can be, you need some good software to do it. In this giveaway, we’re offering 50 copies of Paragon Partition Manager 11 Personal Edition to MakeUseOf readers!

Paragon Partition Manager 11 Personal Edition is great for advanced users and basic users alike. Sporting two interfaces, you can enable as much control as you need when partitioning your hard drive. Power users can reveal advanced controls with the click of a button.


With Partition Manager 11 Personal Edition, you can easily create, delete, resize, and merge partitions. If you have a new hard drive, you can use Create Partition to divvy up your space and select different file systems. If you’re working with an existing hard drive, you can use Delete Partition or Merge Partitions to remove unnecessary partitions and make room for new ones. Finally, you can use Resize Partitions to resize your current partitions to free up more space for data or other operating systems.

You will also have access to sophisticated features like migrating your current hard drive to an entirely different disk (of the same or different size), and also making an identical copy of a current partition.

Before working with partitions, you should always note that any activity that messes with the structure of your hard drive can result in loss of data. This is one of the worrisome parts of disk partitioning, but Paragon Partition Manager 11 Personal Edition mitigates this risk by providing backup functionality to provide a data loss free operation. This feature is worth its weight in gold – you can make changes to your disk without having to worry so much about your data surviving the transition.

You’ll even be reminded to create a recovery CD before you start making changes to your partitions, which I strongly recommend you do.

If you really like tinkering with your system, this software includes a few extra features that I’ve found to be very useful. The Boot Management feature allows you to customize the boot parameters of your system (stuff that anybody who is familiar with the Linux application Gparted GParted - The Ultimate In Partitioning Software GParted - The Ultimate In Partitioning Software Read More would recognize) and also helps you prep your disk for the installation of a new operating system.

Finally, Partition Manager 11 Personal Edition includes a great partition manager with full access to all of the features I previously described – except this time you can easily view partitions across all your disks.  Since I’ve always used Gparted for disk partitioning, I felt very comfortable working in the Partition Manager mode.

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This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, 6th August at 2100hrs PST. The winners will be selected at random and announced via email.

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[update] And the winners are …

  1. Florin Iacob
  2. Jacob Ward
  3. David McCallum
  4. Paul Ashkar
  5. Tony Kennedy
  6. Mark Black
  7. Amjad
  8. Aubrie McGibbon
  9. Milena Araujo
  10. Andrew McClellan
  11. Jim Witherspoon
  12. Tom Steenhuysen
  13. Bartosz Chmura
  14. Jost Krieger
  15. Mehmet Onder
  16. Craig Kempton
  17. Paf Borg
  18. Andy McBride
  19. Mike Throner
  20. Dianne MacIborski
  21. William Albrecht
  22. Shelly Starr
  23. Knox
  24. Zachary Strader
  25. Daniel Fenn
  26. Vinayan Sreedharan
  27. Michael Favro
  28. Jowin
  29. Jeffrey Schlein
  30. Riyas Mohamed
  31. Karsten S. Andersen
  32. Richard Maitia
  33. Kris Adsit
  34. Alexander Flores
  35. Terrance McClure
  36. SC Baskin
  37. Mitch Buchanan
  38. Robert Zaccano
  39. Berilo Faccio
  40. Rich Session
  41. Grant Wells
  42. Samantha Warden
  43. Vinicius
  44. Christopher Conzen
  45. Satyajit Sahoo
  46. Lee Tilson
  47. MattC
  48. Treeler
  49. Osama Javaid
  50. Lisa

MakeUseOf would like to thank the Paragon Software team for their generosity while participating in this giveaway. Interesting in sponsoring? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via email.

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