Paragon recently moved from Version 9 to Version 10 of its Partition Manager software. Along the way, it redesigned its user interface, and while that can often bring on apoplexy among existing users who have become comfortable with the old GUI, we found it wasn't long before the new one once again felt like an old friend.
Holdovers in Paragon Partition Manager Personal 10.0 from the old style include a list of task icons at the top of the screen, a split window with text details about your drives at the top and graphical representations of the drives in the lower half of the window.
Gone from Paragon Partition Manager Personal 10.0 is the text clutter along the left side of the screen, replaced by tabs that you can click to access a variety of functions: Properties, Volume Explorer, Disk Editor and Partition List. You can also switch to an Express Launcher that simply provides a buttoned list of available topics.
Even with all of that, however, the easiest way to tackle the various available tasks in the expanded view of Paragon Partition Manager Personal 10.0 is simply to right-click on the graphical representation of the disk in the lower half of the window. That pop-up menu provides you with all of the available options, some of which aren't available through the upper icons or left-side task assortment.
Paragon Partition Manager Personal 10.0 lets you change the partition size either by dragging the boundaries of a set of rectangles representing your various partitions, or simply typing the desired size (in MB) for each into a field. The granularity of the first method is not as good as the second, but more often than not it won't matter.
If you've downsized a partition and want to use the new available space, it's a two-step process. You create a partition in Paragon Partition Manager Personal 10.0 (which undergoes an automatic quick format) and then assign the new partition a drive letter. Neither task is carried out until you click the ‘Apply' button, so you'll be doing a single-step batch operation rather than two individual processes.
Paragon Partition Manager Personal 10.0 won't let you recover space left vacant after resizing if you've created a new partition from it. If you leave that new space unallocated (or delete the partition you created in it), you can again use the ‘drag' method to increase the size of the partition you wish to change.
Paragon Partition Manager Personal 10.0 has its own data integrity checker (the rough equivalent to CHKDSK) and defragmenter as well as a disk-cloning tool, which is important if you completely run out of space on a drive and need to replace it with something larger. And yes, you can clone your system (‘boot') drive.
Arguably, Paragon's Partition Manager 9.0 had the most comfortable interface of the partition managers we tried recently. Now, Paragon Partition Manager Personal 10.0 increases the flexibility of the GUI. More practically, it's the most robust of the packages we've reviewed.