Create, delete, format, extend or shrink partitions without restarting, with Active Partition Manager
The very term “partitioning” causes some kind of fear to those that are not familiar with this side of managing a PC. However, there are now available some programs that make the management of partitions a lot friendlier.
Active Partition Manager is a free and powerful program, easy to use, with some functions that may seem tricky at first glance, yet supported also by clear documentation.
You can use Active Partition Manager to perform disk partitioning tasks, such as creating partitions and volumes, formatting them, and assigning drive letters. Initialize raw disk, edit partition tables and more. It will help you expand an existing partition to utilize maximum space available, shrink an existing partition preserving data, resize NTFS volumes and edit boot sectors — edit and synchronize boot sectors of UFS, HFS+, Ext2/Ext3/Ext4.
The program will let you also open and preview disk structure of raw and LSoft disk images, convert GPT to MBR and MBR to GPT styles on fixed disks or even USB drives without damaging existing partitions, and of course create partitions or logical drives. A nice feature is the option of a rollback of partition changes.