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BOOTICE 1.3.2
1. VHD/VHDX supporting. Now you can create, mount or unmount, resize, compact, reset the parent VHD file for VHD/VHDX files.
2. Better partition formatting speed, especially for NTFS.
3. Allow formatting as FAT32 on a partition larger than 32GB.
4. Fixed a bug that cuases wrong total sectors of VHD files.
5. When installing GRUB4DOS/WEE MBR, the choice "Install NT6 MBR to the 2nd sector" was checked initially.
 

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PartitionGuru
[ Ver 4.5.0 ]
1. The Windows version is able to specify timeout period when it verifies bad sectors; if hard drive is disconnected, the program will stop verifying and prompt message.
2. Optimized read and write to hard drives that have bad sectors and increased scanning speed for data recovery.
3. The free version added the function of partition table style conversion that allows users to convert partition table style between MBR and GUID.
4. It is allowed to select partition table style (MBR or GUID) on the message box when the program performs quick partition.
5. The program shows the menu of copying files when users right click folders of file directory tree on the left interface.
6. When the program restores Windows system partition for GPT disk, GUID is restored as well, making sure system start normally.
7. When restoring partition table, GPT or MBR, the program restores GUID or MBR signature respectively.
8. It is forbidden to restore partition from backup file which is unfinished or damaged.
9. The menu item "Show System Files" and its functions were changed to "Show NTFS Metafiles" and program doesn't show NTFS metafiles by default.
10. Fixed:
10. Fixed the bug that 64 bit version crashed when backing up partition to image file.
11. Fixed:
Fixed the bug that program couldn't normally load PMF file backed up by older version for NTFS partition.
12. Fixed:
Fixed the bug that error happened if click "Stop" during the process of partition backup.
13. Fixed:
Fixed the bug that functions clone virtual disk and convert virtual disk format were not available.
14. Fixed:
Fixed the bug that program might crash when it recovered files by file type if TIFF file came up.
15. Fixed:
Rectified the problem that program didn't show the name "Bitlocker Encrypted" for partition with drive letter which is encrypted by Bitlocker.
16. Fixed:
Fixed the bug that it often failed to make bootable USB disk and the bootable USB disk couldn't work.
17. Fixed:
Fixed the bug that program crashed when USB flash disk was inserted or disconnected in the process of copying files.
18. Rectified the problem that in the process of loading PMF image file, program could be interrupted by disk update information when storage device such as USB flash disk was inserted or disconnected.
 

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@PoBoy

need to partition an existing windows 7 os partition into two parts to load linux from one - which utility would you suggest? prefer to run within windows, get the second partition done and load linux via livecd/usb
 

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How is the disk partitioned currently ? Only one primary partition ?
500 gb hdd = 20gb primary with os (win7), 470 odd storage and downloads ..

expected - 15gb primary with os (win7), 4-5gb for linux - dual boot option & 470 odd storage and downloads
 

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Win 7 needs at least 12GB (with a 4GB pagefile). 15 GB may not be enuf.
Does the Win 7 partition also have the bootmgr file & boot folder ? Or has Win created another hidden partition for the boot files ? Be careful.

I would make a Ghost image of win 7 partition first ( run ccleaner & defraggler before making the image ). Verify image.

Then :
1) Boot from a Win PE/Live. Use Partition Guru to resize the existing partition & create a new primary partition.
or
2) Boot from a Win PE/Live. Use Partition Guru to delete the existing partition & create 2 new primary partitions. Use Ghost to restore Win7 from the image.

Use BOOTICE from Win PE/Live to make the Win 7 partition the active partition, if necessary.

I don't use Linux. grub4dos can be use to chainload Win or linux. Go to reboot.pro - very friendly forum they should be able to assist you with the flavour of Linux you intend using.

Other (Linux using) TE members should be able to help you more than me.
 

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don't worry, easier to use partition magic from within windows, resize and install linux :)
 

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Eassos PartitionGuru [ Ver 4.6.5 ]
http://www.eassos.com/download.php
[ Ver 4.6.5 ]
1. Enhanced:
Improves the stability.
2. Enhanced:
The folder "Recovered Types (Recognized)" always shows after files are filtered by Modify Time.
3. New:
The currently-clicked file can be checked and copied automatically when users copy files via context menu and no file is selected.
4. New:
Adds support of EXT3 FDD disk.
5. New::
Partition size of FDD disk shows in line with records in DBR.
6. New::
Partition C is selected by default after program is launched.
7. New::
There is no need to restart the program after Offline Register, and it can be registered after the file Options.ini is copied to its directory.
8. Fixed:
Addresses a bug that program couldn't start when some USB flash drive was connected.
9. Fixed:
Rectifies the bug that files deleted by the function "Delete Files Permanently" weren't filled when those files and program were in the same partition.
10. Fixed:
Fixes a bug that when partitioning GPT drive with the function "Quick Partition", the first partition on the MBR partition table converted by PartitionGuru wasn't 4K sector aligned.
11. Fixed:
Fixes an issue that Erase Sectors worked slowly in DOS.
12. Fixed:
Rectifies a bug that Logical Volume of LVM partition wasn't shown.
13. Fixed:
Addresses an issue that couldn't load GPT partition table in some cases.
14. Fixed:
Fixes a bug in DOS version that the function "Create New Partition" couldn't create required ESP, MSR partitions on GPT disk.
15. Fixed:
Fixes a bug that vmdk file got damaged after files were written to vmdk disk which was divided by 2GB.
16. Fixed:
Fixes a bug that it couldn't open vmdk disk which was larger than 500 GB and splited by 2GB.
17. Fixed:
Fixes a bug in the function "Sectors Copy".
 

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PartitionGuru Free 4.7.0

http://www.eassos.com/download.php

[ Ver 4.7.0 ]
1. New:
Displays files it found out during the course of scanning files.
2. New:
It is able to save scanning progress when the program recovers deleted files.
3. New:
Adds support of FAT16 partition which is formatted by IBMDOS.
4. Enhanced:
Changes the way of showing Disk Partition Structure.
5. Enhanced:
Updates the appearance for the interface of bad sector verification.
6. Enhanced:
Optimizes file recovery function, filtering invalid partitions and speeding up arranging files.
7. Enhanced:
The default recovery mode is modified from Recover Deleted Files to Complete Recovery.
8. Enhanced:
Increases file scanning speed of recovering deleted files from NTFS partitions.
9. Enhanced:
Recovered Typed doesn't display files that overlaps with files from normal directory structure.
10. Enhanced:
Reminds users who want to discard current file scanning result.
11. Enhanced:
It doesn't show excluded files while loading image file of incremental backup.
12. Enhanced:
Picks up responding speed of switching hard drives.
13. Enhanced:
Input focus is set to editing era after sector goto.
14. Fixed:
Rectifies an issue that sometimes the program failed to start in WinPE.
15. Fixed:
Fix an issue that program corrupted after partition resizing is interrupted by force.
16. Fixed:
Addresses a problem that program requires registering when extracting PMF file.
17. Fixed:
Fixes a bug that it couldn't return to parent directory after double clicking ".." on the dialog box "Select Image File".
18. Fixed:
Fixes a bug that program corrupted when previewing certain pictures.
19. Fixed:
Fixes a bug that sometimes it couldn't extract all files from PMF file.
20. Fixed:
Fixes a bug that the in some cases it corrupted when restoring partition from image file.
21. Fixed:
Redresses an issue that the statistics of selected files were not accurate when recovering files.
22. Fixed:
Fixes a bug that it failed to show the exact folder number on the right-bottom interface.
23. Fixed:
Fixes a bug that the Partition and Folder Tree area didn't match the actual situation when operating system is not installed on hard disk 0.

BOOTICE v1.3.3.1

https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=zh-CN&tl=en&u=http://bbs.wuyou.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=57675

Mirror : https://sites.google.com/site/gbrtools/home/software/bootice-portable/bootice-downloads

◆ 2015.01.09 v1.3.3.1:
1, the corrected version of some of the bug, such as: Traditional garbled, unchecked by default when restoring MBR "Reserved Partition Table", "change the partition ID" is unavailable, BCD Edit Mode menu features classic dislocation, U + V2 partition size processing errors;
2, to sort the list of disks disk number;
3, should users request, provides several functions similar RMPARTUSB.EXE with / diskinfo parameter output disk information, see "Command Line Parameters" page.

◆ 2014.12.25 v1.3.3:
1. Fix BCD advanced editing mode, the problem will pop up a dialog box when editing meaningless LOCATE type of VHD boot entry;
2, BCD advanced editing mode, a similar increase bcdedit / copy replication;
3, the amendment 1.3.3 Beta, you can not conduct a proper bug sector recovery;
4, adds a new parameter, / firstpart = n, the MBR partition table for an entry to move to the first one, that exchange with the first entry. When USB application can be used to switch the visible partitions;
 

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PartitionGuru Free 4.7.2

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[ Ver 4.7.2 ]
1. New:
Fault tolerance in this program works on GUID partition table, which supports loading problematic GUID partition table.
2. New:
Adds the feature of reporting and correcting errors for GUID partition table.
3. New:
"Recovered Types" section in the recovery result is classified to facilitate file lookup.
4. Enhanced:
Optimizes file recovery result for "Recovered Types", filtering out files that are obviously abnormal.
5. Enhanced:
Improves File Recovery feature and program stability, supporting certain seriously damaged cases.
6. Enhanced:
Supports extracting files from backup image of damaged partition.
7. Enhanced:
Improves speed of copying files.
8. Enhanced:
Disables features like Rebuild MBR, Clear Reserved Sectors, Resize partitions, etc. while the program is recovering files.
9. Enhanced:
It doesn't permit the backup file of partition table to be stored on the partition which is recovering data.
10. Fixed:
Newly created Virtual image file is not allowed to be saved in the partition that is recovering data.
11. Fixed:
Rectifies an issue that shortcut key didn't work.
12. Fixed:
Corrects a problem for the feature of modifying file name that it failed to change case of file name.
13. Fixed:
Fixes a bug so that folders whose name begins with "." can be cloned while the program clones FAT partitions.
14. Fixed:
Fix a bug that program exited unusually when recovering lost files.
15. Fixed:
Fixes an issue that sometimes some lost files couldn't be found when recovering NTFS partition.
16. Fixed:
Rectifies an issue that in some cases the program couldn't display percentage correctly after reloading file recovery progress.
17. Fixed:
Fixes an issue that it was unable to recover files on dynamic volumes.
18. Fixed:
Fixes an issue that dynamic volume didn't show drive letter.
19. Fixed:
Fixes a bug so that it becomes able to load scanning progress of recovering entire hard drive.
20. Fixed:
Corrects a problem that language change wouldn't work after restarting program.
21. Fixed:
Rectifies an error that Disk Partition Diagram didn't show correct information when recovering files on extended partition.
22. Fixed:
Rectifies a display error on Disk Partition Diagram when parameter of extended partition overflows.
23. Fixed:
Corrects an problem that new partition couldn't be created when it resized partition on GPT disk and there were more than 4 partitions.
 

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PartitionGuru Free 4.9.5.508

Portable version available.
http://www.eassos.com/download.php
http://www.eassos.com/partitionguru/versions.php

[ Ver 4.9.5.508 ]


New:
  1. Support NTFS partition whose cluster is larger than 128 sectors.
  2. Add write support for EXT4 file system.
  3. Backup / restore EXT4 partition.
  4. Support cloning EXT4 partition.
  5. Support resizing EXT4 partition.
  6. Support recovering lost EXT4 partition.
  7. Add menu item to boot to PartitionGuru WinPE version.
  8. Support creating WinPE bootable disk.
  9. Menu items like "Shut down" "Restart" "Run" and "Adjust screen resolution" are abled when you run PartitionGuru WinPE version.
  10. Quick Partition feature can save current settings to Options.ini file as default partitioning scheme, so that it can be used automatically in future operations.
  11. Quick Partition feature changes the default size of ESP partition to 300MB.
  12. Quick Partition supports modifying the size of ESP partition.
  13. Quick Partition can reserve specified number of sectors between partitions for GUID disk, so that the disk can be converted to MBR when necessary.
  14. "Create ESP/MSR partition" is added to menu so that you can create ESP/MSR partition separately.
  15. Improve operations on creating new partition and creating ESP/MSR partition on GPT disk.
  16. Support resizing partition of single PV on LVM without data loss.
  17. Support LVM partition which takes logical partition as PV.
Enhanced:
  1. Optimize data module feature.
  2. Optimize File Recovery feature for exFAT partition.
  3. Optimize recovery of NEF files.
  4. Windows DBR is employed when formatting FAT32 partition on USB flash drive.
  5. A progress bar is added when deleting files.
  6. "Create DOS System" is disabled when formatting EXT4 partition.
  7. Support displaying Adapter type for Nvme disk.
  8. Optimize the speed of loading file list.
  9. When a virtual disk is closed, the Sector Editor of its partitions will be closed at the same time.
  10. The program displays detailed information for EXT4 partition such as node size, block numbers of reserved block group descriptor.
  11. When loading vmdk virtual disk, if a flat or fragmented subfile is selected, the program loads the main file automatically.
  12. Optimize Erase Free Space by improving the speed of filling with random data.
Fixed
  1. Fixed an issue that the file list wasn't updated after formatting USB flash drive.
  2. Fixed an issue that shortcut keys were incorrect for features "Backup Partition Table" and "Restore Partition Table".
  3. Fixed an issue that the file copy process could be stopped by pressing Enter key.
  4. Fixed an issue that the justify of Size list changed from right-justify to left-justify after clicking Size title in Files panel.
  5. Fixed an issue that the selected file number wasn't updated after selecting files by dragging mouse.
  6. Fixed an issue that the selected folder number was incorrect.
  7. Fixed an issue that sometimes the program corrupted when recovering files from FAT32 partition.
  8. Fixed an issue that CPU utilization was too high when the program ran under WinPE.
  9. Fixed an issue that error might occur when writing purely zero data to virtual disk.
  10. Fixed an issue that NTFS partition couldn't be restored when the partition image contains errors.
  11. Fixed an issue that partition table probably couldn't be saved after converting MBR to GUID.
  12. Fixed an issue that the directory structure might not be reorganized after stopping scanning process.
  13. Fixed an issue that error might occur when copying file after scanning.
  14. Fixed an issue that the program might prompt target partition didn't contain enough space when too much NTFS partition disks were connected.
  15. Fixed an issue that sometimes the clipboard didn't work properly.
  16. Fixed an issue that dynamic disk wasn't analyzed as dynamic volumes when it was the last disk on computer.
 

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PartitionGuru is now Disk Genius. Again.


http://www.eassos.com/download.php


Released Date: May 30, 2018
[ Ver 4.9.6.564 ]

Fixed

Fixed an issue that the program couldn't back up or restore the second partition on USB flash drive in Windows 7 or Windows 8.
Fixed an issue that large ESP partition couldn't be created.
Fixed an issue that unexpected problem occurred when double clicking folders of file list.
Fixed an issue that subdirectory on left pane was displayed repeatedly after clicking '..' in file list.
Fixed an issue in backing up EXT4 partition which consists of unconventional sized sectors.



[ Ver 4.9.6.559 ]

New:

Change working mode for File Recovery feature, which allows users to select "Recover Deleted Files" and "Complete Recovery" singly or simultaneously, avoiding repeated scanning and improving efficiency.
File preview adds support for PDF file.
Add support for recovering deleted files from EXT4 partition.
Optimize bad sector checking function and improve detecting speed.
Optimize scanning speed of File Recovery feature.
Optimize execution speed of scanning lost partitions.
Program icon on Taskbar displays progress for operation being executed.
Support loading virtual disk via dragging mouse.
Support copying data to partition in the software via dragging files from Windows Explorer.
Support copying text of disk and partition information via context menu.
The word "Damaged" will show next to partition name if the partition is damaged.

Enhanced:

Improve compatibility to errors on NTFS partition.
Improve file recovery accuracy for NTFS partition.
Improve the speed of filling sectors with random data when erasing free space.
Improve the speed of filling sectors with random data when deleting files permanently.
The error message "There is not active partition" won't be prompted when saving partition table.
Quick formatting or creating partition does not assign drive letter for ESP/MSR partition.
ESP/MSR partition is not created by default when creating new partition on GPT disk.
File Recovery allows previewing file content during scanning.
File Recovery feature adds a green recycle bin mark for file path which contains deleted data.
The Partition Information window still displays information of original partition during file recovery.
S.M.A.R.T. information shows external hard drive's actual disk model and serial number instead of HDD enclosure's model and serial number.
It's not allowed to contain directory separator when renaming file or creating folder.
Backslash "\" can be used as file name character in EXT4 file system.
Improve compatibility to errors on EXT4 partition.
Improve stability to backup & restore EXT4 partition.
Improve stability to read and write files in EXT4 partition.
Improve stability to resize EXT4 partition.
It's allowed to search for lost partition by costuming cylinder range before registering software.
As to partition which is recovering lost files or found via partition recovery, operations that may damage data are prohibited, for example, clone partition, restore partition, erase free space, erase sectors, etc.
During the process of searching for lost partitions, menu items like "Rebuild Master Boot Record" and "Backup Partition Table" are disabled.
The menu item "Save Scan Progress" is disabled when searching for lost files.
It is not allowed to set volume name or change volume serial number on encrypted BitLocker partition.

Fixed

Fixed an issue that in some cases drive letter couldn't be assigned correctly.
Fixed an issue that drive letter was not reassigned after restoring partition table.
Fixed an issue that in some cases writing data error occurred to Restore Partition Table function.
Fixed an issue that no error message was prompted when failed to create ESP/MSR partition.
Fixed an issue that preview image blinked when clicking file under File tab.
Fixed an issue on progressing bar when retrieving data from image file.
Fixed an issue that Goto NTFS File Record was not accurate after file recovery.
Fixed an issue sometimes "Invalid handle" error occurred when recovering files from whole disk.
Fixed an issue that folders found after recovering deleted files may not have checkboxes.
Fixed an issue that when WinPE was running out of memory NTFS partition couldn't be restored from image file which was backed up by file.
Fixed an issue that in some cases GUID partition table couldn't be loaded successfully.
Fixed an issue that in some WinPE versions error occurred when saving GUID partition table.
Fixed an issue that sometimes write sector error occurred when saving partition table.
Fixed a bug that sometimes file recovery feature couldn't copy 4GB-sized file.
Fixed an issue that in some cases it couldn't write data to partition which didn't have a drive letter.
Fixed an issue that error occurred when writing data to NTFS partition which enables "Compress this drive to save disk space" in Properties.
Fixed an issue that error occurred when extracting files from EXT4 partition image file.
Fixed an issue that error occurred when read or write virtual disk which is split into multiple files and has snapshots.
 

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Recent updates to two of my fave MBR/PBR/BCD/Partitioning utilities. Both smaller than other similar programs, Both portable OOB. Feature packed. Work from a PE/Live OS. PG has a DOS bootable mode. No dependencies like .NET, Qt, VC etc. Do not start a service/s.

BOOTICE v1.3.1 : http://bbs.ipauly.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2&sid=18aa1b503518fa16f2228dd5d08a2df0

PG Free v4.4.0 : http://www.eassos.com/download.php

E.g. : BOOTICE - easiest way to hide/unhide a partition.
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real company is this or that ?