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[Windows] AOMEI Partition Assistant is an excellent partition and drive management tool

2013-02-02_220457 [1]Need to install another operating system on your computer? Want a separate partition to hold your important files? Whatever your specific needs for partition management may be, AOMEI Partition Assistant will get the job done.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

AOMEI Partition Assistant is a fully-featured partition and drive management program.

Take note AOMEI Partition Assistant comes in two versions, Home and Pro. Home is the free version (free for home and business use) that has most all the features of Pro except for a few. Pro is, obviously, the paid version. AOMEI Dynamic Disk Manager, on the other hand, does not have a usable free version — it is paid only.

Pros

Cons

Discussion

As you can see from the ‘Pros’ list above, AOMEI Partition Assistant is an excellent partition and disk management tool and offers pretty much all features the average user would need to manage their drives and partitions. What sets AOMEI apart from the competition is two things:

That said, however, AOMEI Partition Assistant’s strength is also its greatest weakness. You see having the ability to create WinPE bootable media is great (excellent, in fact). The issue, however, is there is no support to create Linux-based. Now, I know what you must be thinking: “Ashraf, why would anyone need Linux-based when the program offers WinPE-based?” The reason is Windows Automated Installation Kit.

You see, for some computers, you must have Windows Automated Installation Kit installed in order to create the WinPE bootable. (This isn’t an issue with AOMEI Partition Assistant itself but rather a requirement for WinPE in general.) Although the latest v5.5 of AOMEI Partition Assisstant claims you don’t need Windows Automated Installation Kit, I’ve found this isn’t always true. Why? I really don’t know. all I know is when I installed AOMEI Partition Assistant v5.5, it still asked for Windows Automated Installation Kit.

The issue with Windows Automated Installation Kit is, Windows Automated Installation Kit is a 1.7 GB download, if you don’t have it already. If Linux-based bootable was supported in addition to WinPE, people who didn’t want to download Windows Automated Installation Kit could use Linux-based bootable instead. Sure Linux-based bootable media probably wouldn’t have been able to have all the features of AOMEI Partition Assistant like WinPE-based bootable does, but it could have *most* of the features which would be enough for most people.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

Overall, despite the lack of Linux-based bootable, AOMEI Partition Assistant is an excellent partition manager… especially considering there is a freeware version that is feature filled. It is a pity that you must purchase a separate program for full dynamic disk support, even if you purchase AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro, but that is the price you pay for having a feature-filled always-free version [2] available. If you need partition management, AOMEI Partition Assistant is an excellent option. Also, be sure to check out dotTech’s review on Best Free Partition Manager for Windows [2]!

Price: ‘Partitions Assistant Home’ is free, ‘Partition Assistant Pro’ is $36

Version reviewed: v5.5

Supported OS: Windows 2000 Pro/XP/Vista/Win7/Win8 (32-bit and 64-bit) | There are separate versions of Windows Server

Download size: 3.4 MB and higher

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/46 [3] (Home)

Is it portable? No

AOMEI Partition Assistant homepage [4]