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Apparently, since the last time I had to do a lot of playing with partitions and images, Symantec acquired, neglected, and killed off PartitionMagic. (Yeah, it's been a while.) What, then, are we meant to use instead, that gives us that general behavior of actually doing what it's goddamned supposed to that PartitionMagic so nobly displayed?

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There are quite a few alternatives, both commercial and Open Source. One of the more popular OS programs is GParted.

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I find the gparted live CD invaluable on that front. –  Rodger Jul 19 '10 at 7:50
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+1 Easy to use and free, though even Windows in its latest incarnations can finally handle most partition resize jobs just fine. Also, as Partition Magic seriously required a working backup, I always found it more efficient to just wipe and reload a machine instead anyway. –  Oskar Duveborn Jul 19 '10 at 14:05
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Windows can resize a partition from the end only, it cannot move a partition, or shrink it from the beginning. gparted can! –  gbjbaanb Jul 19 '10 at 14:18

While I myself voted for GParted, there is also EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition (Sure, not for business).

I`v been doing job with that soft, but once some errors occured (nothing was corrupt, but couldn't finish the job), I tried GParted to do the same and it succeeded.

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There are a number of programs that do this, some of them have been mentioned already. If you're interested in something that also offers a compliment of other tools in addition to several partition managers you might try MultiBoot USB.

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My vote is for Gparted also. I have a USB stick as an Ubuntu 10.04 boot disk. Gparted let's you move and resize NTFS partitions, which is especially handy when managing windows boxes :)

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There is also a gparted Live CD

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