Partition Wizard now includes [free] bootable CD

Back in August I wrote an article about Partition Wizard, one of the only free partition management software which supports 64-bit users and businesses. In my article I stated the only major caveat I noticed with Partition Wizard is the lack of a bootable CD. MT Solution seems to have taken heed to what I wrote because they just released a bootable CD, which users can download for free, for Partition Wizard!

For those that don’t know, what a bootable CD does is it literally puts Partition Wizard onto a CD (and/or DVD depending on what you burn it to). So whenever you put in the CD and reboot your computer, you can run Partition Wizard from the disk (your BIOS must support booting from CD; the newer computers will be able to do this automatically but the older computers may need their settings changed in the BIOS) without ever booting into Windows. The advantage of this feature is if you are unable to boot into your Windows for any reason, you can still manage your partitions; for example you could resize your defunct Windows partition to make room for a different OS.

That being said, Partition Wizard Bootable CD gives you all the features of Windows based non-bootable CD version of Partition Wizard

  • Resize/Move partitions
  • Create partitions
  • Delete partitions
  • Change Partition Label
  • Delete all partitions
  • Format partitions
  • Convert file system
  • Explore Partition
  • Check Partitions
  • Partition Recovery
  • Wipe disk
  • Wipe partition
  • Copy partition
  • Copy disks
  • Initialize to MBR disk
  • Initialize to GPT disk

…with only two technical limitations:

  • You cannot, and should not, use Partition Wizard Bootable CD to create/delete partition before system partition under Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003. In other words, when you are looking at your partition/hard drive list in Partition Wizard while running the bootable CD, do delete any of the existing partitions listed above your main system partition and do not create any new partitions above it. If you want to be able to create/delete partitions before your system partition, you will need to download and use the Windows based non-bootable CD version of Partition Wizard.
  • Do not use Partition Wizard Bootable CD to move system partition under Windows Vista, Windows 2008 and Windows 7. If Vista/2008/Win7 users want to be able to move the system partition for, you will need to download and use the Windows based non-bootable CD version of Partition Wizard.

Another good thing MT Solution did, in my opinion, is make this bootable CD a completely separate download from the main Windows based non-bootable CD version of Partition Wizard. I say this is a good thing because bootable CD downloads are usually much larger in size than their installer version counterparts. Therefore since Partition Wizard’s bootable CD is a separate 34 MB download, the installer version still retains it small file size download (less than 6 MB). This makes it easier for people with slow/limited connections to grab the Windows based non-bootable CD version of Partition Wizard without having to download an extra “bootable CD” with it if they will never use it.

You may download Partition Wizard Bootable CD from the following link:

Partition Wizard Bootable CD supports 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Win 7

Click here to download Partition Wizard Bootable CD

Thanks John.M!

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10 comments

  1. Giovanni

    Hey Ashraf!!

    How are you? It’s your friend Giovanni from Italy: remember me?

    Glad to see you back!!

    Just a short note to inform you that the TWO limitations mentioned above do not exist anymore.

    In fact Version 4.2.2 has solved the technical limitations of bootable CD, meaning you can use their new bootable CD image to boot your PC and manage partitions just like the Home Edition.

    And they have even released a new Bootable Flash Drive Version as well:

    http://www.partitionwizard.com/bootable-flash-drive.html

    Cool, isn’t it??

    Hope this can help!!

    Enjoy!!

  2. HANY

    I have a quick question on whether I can use partition wizard bootable CD to resize the system partition under WINDOWS HOME SERVER (which is a standard 20GB).

    I’d like to increase the size of the partition to 50GB

    Thank You,

  3. Robert L.

    Update, to above question re “Rebuild MBR” function. I contacted the developers, and they responded to my inquiry very quickly, stating that the help file had a misprint, and that the Rebuild MBR and Initialize MBR are two separate functions, and that selecting “Rebuild MBR” will NOT effect any existing partitions in a negative way, as would be the case with “Initialize MBR”, which is for creating a new disk/partition structure from scratch.

  4. Robert

    Hmmm… tried to edit my above comment to add something else, but the Edit process freaked me out, as it looked like it had 30-second timer to write and save the edit? Is that right? Not good for us slow thinkers/typers, lol…

    Anyway… I just noticed something else, at the Partition Wizard site, which is that under the “Rebuild MBR” function expanation on their site, it says “Use this function by clicking Initialize to MBR Disk in the menu Disk. This is to initialize the disk into the MBR partitioning mode. This function requires the disks contains no partitions.”

    I’m sure I must not be understanding that statement correctly. Seems like they’re saying if your MBR is messed up and you want to rebuild it, delete any remaining vestiges of your partitions before trying to restore the MBR. I guess I should download the software and look thru their help file to see if they explain this a bit more clearly. But then I wouldn’t get to come out here to bother YOU about stuff like this, would I, lol…

    Just seems like an odd procedure, to me… do you understand what they are saying there??

  5. Robert

    Ashraf…

    Thanks for including your comment on the “two technical limitations” with the bootable CD, but I found it a bit confusing, and am wondering if it’s just my logic that isn’t working quite right or if you made a typo when you wrote
    “You cannot, and should not, use Partition Wizard Bootable CD to create/delete partition before system partition under Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003. In other words, when you are looking at your partition/hard drive list in Partition Wizard while running the bootable CD, do delete any of the existing partitions listed above your main system partition and do not create any new partitions above it.”

    Is that what you meant to say? The “do delete any of the existing partitions listed above your main system partition” statement seems contradictory to the first sentence where you say the user should NOT use the bootable CD to create/delete partitions before the system partition”. Am I just confused, here??

    Oh… and by the way… what happens if you try to do one of those two operations that you warn users not to do? Does the system crash, or does it gives the user a notice that the program cannot do that, or what??

    Thanks in advance for your response…

  6. Paddy B

    Hello Ashraf,

    I clicked on the link:

    Click here to download Partition Wizard Bootable CD

    Then I waited for over two hours for the programme to download. (I can only get dial-up where I live.)

    When I tried to open the program, all I got was a messsage from NCH saying the trial period for Express Burn had expired so I will have to buy it if I want it. There was no mention of Partition Wizard.

    What do you think is happening?

    Paddy