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Seeks good way to resize, move partitions
Reader Alvaro Mera needs a better tool to alter his hard-drive partitions.
“I have a Windows 7 laptop with a 500GB hard disk. I also have about 3TB in external hard-drive storage.
“I originally partitioned my drives in a way I thought would work, but now I need to resize some partitions and move others around in order to use my disk space most efficiently.
“I tried Win7′s Disk Management console. It let me resize partitions, but I didn’t find a good way to move partitions without a lot of manual backing-up and restoring. I also looked at some free, third-party tools, but didn’t see anything I liked. What do you recommend? “