I can’t even begin to count the amount of times this application has either saved my ass or simply made my life simpler. I think it’s safe to say we’ve all at one point or another lost hair due to a failing drive or perhaps trying to copy large files from a drive (even emptying it!) to another and it’s either taken forever or we got an annoying message from Windows telling us that somehow, that file we haven’t used in forever, is in use by another application.
Let me go back 4 months. I have an external 500Gb drive, an old one at that, that came from an even older laptop, that i scavenged and since I had an IDE external usb enclosure and no longer have IDE ports in my main computer I figured, what the hell, I’ll use it for external storage. Over time I needed once central place to store my…. backups…. of movie dvds and so I “cut & paste” my collection in to. Now, have in mind S.M.A.R.T. said this hard drive was OK, CrystalDiskInfo said so too, even after I stressed the drive for 2 hours.
At 95% the I get a copy error and notice the drive is no longer detected by my PC. So I said to myself, ok That IT Guy, don’t panic. It could simply be the usb enclosure or the cable itself, both are very old, it’s not the first time I see that happening. I take the drive out of the enclosure and go through my collection of “may need it someday” parts and find a PCI IDE card. Great. I turned my PC off, installed the card (which thankfully is a relatively recent model so the drivers work on modern systems) and plugged in the drive, turned the PC on and there it is, the drive is there!… but… what is that ticking noise… oh no… the drive is gone again. Not the news I wanted, that ticking noise means the drive is on its last legs, assuming it hasn’t completed died already.
I went on to try and old trick (only do this as a last result as you’ll pretty much only get one shot, if that), I slipped the drive in to an antistatic bag, sealed it shut and in to the freezer it went overnight. The next morning I took the chilly drive out and plugged it in again. I had to keep its temperature as low as possible so I used a long IDE cable and placed the drive outside of the PC and went on to turn the PC on. Drive is detected. TIme for EaseUS Partition Master. Copy drive to another drive and cross fingers. EaseUS Partition Master managed to copy 95% of the drive before it died (and this time for good). I lost “Dude, where’s my car?” (we’re not here to talk about my film judgement, ok?), oh well.
This of course is my latest personal experience but I’ve used this application to recover data from dying drives (whatever it could get) countless times and not just that. In fact, one of the biggest use I give it is to do what so many other applications claim to be able to do but result in an unbootable drive (I’m looking at you DriveXML!) which is cloning a system drive. Perfect example of this would be the countless times I’ve upgraded PCs and specially Laptops from conventional Hard Drives to SSDs. These clients don’t want a fresh install of Windows, they want to pick up from where they left it but with a new (and fast) SSD. Not once has it failed. I take the original drive out, plug it in to my pc along with the new drive and power up EaseUS Partition Master to get the job done.
Hell, if you have the payed version (non trial) you can even do bootable pendrives for any sort of diagnostics without having to go through countless individual applications for each process. This application just makes my life simpler and at the end of the day, isn’t that what software’s for? Let’s see what the developer’s website has to say:
- Best solution to create, delete, resize/move, merge, split, wipe or format partitions to make better use of hard drive capacity.
- Extend NTFS system partition without rebooting to maximize PC performance.
- Safely merge two adjacent partitions into a bigger one without data loss.
- Convert dynamic disk to basic disk and convert FAT to NTFS file system.
- Convert primary partition to logical partition and vice versa: convert a primary volume to logical to create a fifth volume on a disk with 4 existed primary volumes.
- Linux partition management: Easily delete, create, format, recover EXT2/EXT3 partition, etc.
- Create WinPE rescue disk for booting sickly computer.
- Speed up your computer by defragmentation.
- Support all hardware RAID, removable storage device, hard disk, GPT disk and FAT/NTFS/EXT2/EXT3 file system.
- Work on both BIOS-based and UEFI-based hardware.
- Convert MBR to GPT disk, and convert GPT to MBR disk without data loss.
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So anyhow, because it’s saved my ass so many times, this thursday’s application is EaseUS Partition Master (albeit, posted on Friday, because I simply was unable to had it pre-done and ready for Thursday. sorry).
Before I give you the download link (uploaded here for your convenience, as always), I’ll straight up tell you I’ve taken the chance to set up an affiliation, so if you do decide to buy it after playing with the Trial (which in many ways is actually good enough), you’ll be helping That IT Guy Scrape By (see what I did there?) out at no extra cost (win win!).