AOEMI Partition Assistant is a program used to partition the user’s hard drives. It not only has the basic tools which let you perform the partitioning but also certain advanced features that are not present in any tool.
About AOEMI Partition Assistant
The AOEMI Partition Assistant is a good tool but what is it’s relevance when most users only need the basic disk partitioning features. Most of the commonly used features are already present in the Windows’ Disk Management or Diskpart utility.
Let us find out why would you be interested in this free partition manager tool.
First of all, the Partition Assistant comes in two variants. The Standard variant which is available for free and the Professional variant which costs around $47.95.
A user’s basic needs such as splitting, copying, formatting, deleting and changing the properties of a partition can be handled by the free version. It even includes the option for secure wiping.
The Free Version also provides wizards that are helpful in converting an NTFS partition to FAT32, copying and resizing of partitions. It also provides an option to migrate the OS from a mechanical drive onto an SSD. A user could use the software to create bootable Windows PE (Pre-install Environment) discs as well.
A user who is looking for advanced options should go for the Pro version. These advanced options include converting the dynamic Windows disks into basic ones, change a partition from primary to logical, change the GPT partition to MBR and vice-versa and the ability to allocate the free space from one partition to another.
These abilities might not look great on paper but anyone who is an IT professional would definitely like a software which lets them perform these tasks as easily as AOEMI Partition Assistant does.
A brilliant Feature of the Partition Assistant
One of the most brilliant features of AOEMI Partition Assistant is the “Windows to GO” feature. It lets you select a pen-drive as the destination for installing Windows from an ISO. Once completed, you could use the pen-drive to “Live Boot” Windows on any system that you want.
You need to be a bit careful as only certain pen-drives are supported by Windows to Go feature. The list of the compatible drives could be found on the Windows To Go Web site.
The software will create a disk that could be used just like any internal storage with Windows installed. You need to activate the Windows and then you are free to use it on any PC that you want.
Using the Partition Assistant
The Partition Assistant is fairly easy to use and understand how it works. When users open the software, they will find the list of tasks on the left pane while the right pane would show the details about the partitions. Like “Extend Partition Wizard” lets user to increase partition size for resolving low disk space issues, or user can flexibly manage disk space with “Resize Partition”, “Merge Partitions”, “Split Partition”, and “Copy Partition” options available.
If the user wants to perform an operation then all they need to do is choose the desired partition and then select the operation. This would present them with a wizard which would guide them step-by-step to help them complete the task.
Here is a list of features that make the AOEMI Partition Assistant stand out from the rest.
- It has a UI which is easy to understand and use.
- The software comes with all the tools that a user would need while partitioning a disk.
- Wizards guide a naive user throughout the process.
- The Windows to Go feature is a brilliant option.
- The users could queue multiple changes and apply them by clicking a single button.
AOEMI Partition Assistant is a great tool but it is not perfect and thus it has some shortcomings such as
- The ability to convert dynamic disks to basic disks or conversion of primary to logical partitions needs a Pro version.
- The Wizards are the weakest section when UI and needs to be improved.
- The English version of the software comes with some language issues which makes the user experience a little bit unpleasant.
- There is an issue where the main window disappears for some unknown reason.
So, if you are looking for some basic disk manipulation then the inbuilt options of your OS would be a perfect choice. On the other hand, if you are completely new to the disk management then you must try the basic version of AOEMI Partition Assistant as it would make your task a lot easier. In case you want to use the additional features or want the “Windows on Go” feature then definitely get the Pro edition as it has everything that you would ever need to manage a disk.