AOMEI Partition Assistant Review

By | October 26, 2018

I must confess; when the guys at AOMEI asked me to review their Partition Assistant, I was skeptical. AOMEI Partition Assistant is not my first choice for a partition tool. However, putting my preference aside, I installed and started playing with it.

The mission was to find its selling point. Not far into my mission I found it; AOMEI Partition Assistant can create Windows To Go drives from any version of Windows 7, 8 or 10. Previously, Windows To Go was only available to Windows Enterprise or Educational users.

Unfortunately, the Windows To Go feature is only available in the AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Therefor, the free version is less desirable. For the free version, AOMEI is relying on their SSD Secure Erase feature to save the day – let’s take a look at that and you can decide if Partition Assistant Standard is worth the download.

SSD Secure Erase

According to AOMEI, they are the first to develop the SSD Secure Erase feature. Although I can’t support or deny this, I do feel it’s worth a mention. However, most SSD manufacturers have tools available to securely erase their brand of SSD, like Samsung Magician, Intel SSD Toolbox, and SanDisk SSD Toolkit. So, maybe the manufacturers developed SSD Secure Erase first? But, keep in mind that AOMEI could be the first to develop the feature to work regardless of the manufacturer.

Is Partition Assistant really the first?

I do not know, but what I do know is; starting with Windows 7, there is a feature called TRIM. TRIM is build into Windows, and is supported by all modern SSDs. Basically, TRIM does a zero flash in the background when it finds out data is no longer needed. For example, when you empty the recycle bin, the flash that held that data gets trimmed. Also, when you format a drive, the TRIM function is run first. To securely erase or reset a SSD, you simply use the Windows Disk Manager to remove all partitions from a SSD and then create a new partition. Could it be that this is the method Partition Assistant uses to securely erase a SSD? Nobody except AOMEI would be able to say for sure.

That said, AOMEI do understand that securely erasing a SSD is not the same as with magnetic storage devices. Furthermore they understand that continuously writing data to a SSD is not advisable. Therefor, they developed a useful feature that should not damage your SSD. However, I recommend you rather use the official utility from the manufacturer to securely erase a SSD.

But, for now, a little more about Partition Assistant and some of its other features.

Introducing AOMEI Partition Assistant

AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional Edition

AOMEI Partition Assistant comes in five flavors. A free standard version, a Professional version that will set you back $49, another free lite version, a server edition at $175 and an unlimited edition that costs a whopping $439. For that price, I suspect it can make coffee in the mornings. For the sake of this article we will not be discussing the Lite, Server and Unlimited versions.

The standard version leaves little to be desired – It features partition creation, splitting, resizing, deletion, formatting and secure wiping. Furthermore, you can change the property of a partition from inactive to active and visa versa, convert from NTFS to FAT32 and from FAT32 to NTFS. Also, migrate to a new hard drive or SSD.

Partition Asistant Split Partition

In addition to all the features above, with the professional version you can change partitions from logical to primary, convert dynamic disks to basic disks, convert from MBR to GPT and the other way around, allocate free space from one partition to another and create Windows To Go Disks from any version of Windows 7, 8 or 10.

The interface

This interface is like many other partition tools. With a list of tasks to the left and your computer’s drives and partitions to the right, you will easily find your way around Partition Assistant. For example; to split a partition, simply select the partition and then choose the Split Partition task in the left pane. Finally, click the Apply button to proceed.

Creating a Windows To Go disk with AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional

When I first saw the Windows To Go Creator, I got excited. But excitement turned to disappointment when I tried to create a Windows To Go disk. There is a few things you should know before I show you how to create a Windows To Go disk. Firstly, I tried using a Windows 10 version 1803 ISO created with the official Windows 10 download tool as my source, but Partition Assistant failed to recognize the Windows version. 🙁 Using the an official Windows 8.1 ISO worked.

Secondly, Windows To Go will not run from a USB 2.0 flash disk (I tried it). You must use at least a USB 3.0 disk. And lastly, Windows To Go needs a minimum of 16GB. But, if you would like to actually work on it, you will need 32GB. I recommend a 64GB disk.

To start; open AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional and click on Windows To Go Creator. On the Windows To Go Creator window, you can select to create Windows To Go with an ISO or current Windows installation. I recommend always creating Windows To Go with an ISO; you will need much more space (Over 64GB for most) if you try this with your current Windows install.

Once you make a choice, click Next. On the next Window, Select a USB drive and then Browse to choose the source disk image (ISO).

Another Windows will open allowing you to select the source ISO. Daja vu – I am not sure why we need another browse button, but maybe they have there reasons. Again, click the Browse button and select the source Windows ISO.

Click OK and back on the Windows To Go dialog, click Proceed. On the Warning dialog, answer Yes to continue.

The Windows To Go Creator will start extracting the WIM file, format the partition and start creating the Windows To Go disk.

Partition Assistant will create a Windows To Go disk for you. 🙂 Keep in mind that you still need to activate it. AOMEI claims that the activation will not break when moving between computers, but you must use a legitimate version of Windows.I have not tested this, but accept AOMEI tested this thoroughly.

Download AOMEI Partition Assistant

Below, you can choose between two versions, the Standard version and the Lite version without the bells and whistles.

Download Partition Assistant Lite 7.517 Downloads – 9 MBFREE

With the Lite version; Resize partition, Create partition, Delete partition, Format partition, Check partition, Change drive letter and Change label.

Download Partition Assistant Standard 7.525 Downloads – 61 MBFREE

With Standard; Resize partition, Create partition, Delete partition, Format partition, Check partition, Change drive letter, Change label, Merge partitions, Copy partition, Copy disk, Wipe partition, Wipe hard drive, Rebuild MBR, Migrate OS from MBR disk to MBR SSD or HDD, and Convert between MBR and GPT partition styles. Including a Disk Copy Wizard, Partition Copy Wizard, Make Bootable CD Wizard.

Conclusion

To conclude; AOMEI Partition Assistant is a good program. Therefor, I do recommend you give it a try. The Windows To Go creator and SSD Secure Erase features are both excellent. Personally, I would prefer the Windows To Go creator to be included in the free version, but then again, the Professional version will lose its selling point.

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