View Full Version : AOMEI Partition Assistant scrambles Windows 8 partition

12-03-2012, 02:44 AM
I don't know if it has ever happened to you, but there are some things that Windows' inbuilt Disk Manager can't do. One of these is to extend a partition where the free space is infront of (instead of after) the partition. Put simply, I split my Windows 7 partition to make space to dual boot install Windows 8. After testing, I shrank my Windows 7 partition to make more space for the Windows 8 Partition. I did all of this with Windows' inbuilt Disk Manager. But when I wanted to add the unallocated space to the Windows 8 partition, it wouldn't do it.
So I tried AOMEI's widely advertised too.
The result is an unmitigated disaster. It pretends to boot into Windows 8 but actually just leaves me with a blank screen. I'm now going through the slow process of copying all my data files from the Windows 8 file into backup (using Windows 7) before reformatting the partition and reinstalling Windows 8, along with all of the applications.
I can only suggest that you take AOMEI's promises with a big pinch of salt. This has been a waste of time.

12-03-2012, 06:39 PM
Weird, I've been using AOMEI's products since earlier in the year, I still have the Preview to the Pro version now available. I also recently acquired the Pro edition of AOMEI (version 5.1), both are fantastic products. Have used it numerous times on several computers w/no negative issues to report. A couple of the computers weren't even my own, I was helping others.

My thinking is that whatever that was done with the built in Windows Disk Management Tool, played a huge part in this. That is simply a basic tool to create simple partitions with, such as Data partitions. Yes, it can shrink a partition (if defragged beforehand) to create another, but unlike other products, it cannot shrink from the left side, only the right one.

I've created Data partitions with it, that's all.

One other thing, before one goes to working with partitions, the entire drive needs to be imaged, there are Free tools, such as Macrium Reflect, that will handle this task with ease. As far as backup goes, it also needs to be done on a regular basis, like monthly (more often if running a SSD). Had this task been performed, you'd be up & running again within minutes, w/no harm done.

Download Macrium Reflect 5.1.5396 - FileHippo.com (http://www.filehippo.com/download_macrium_reflect/)

And no, don't depend upon the "inbuilt" Windows Backup to do this either, first off, it's too slow. Secondly, if there's the slightest file error, oftentimes the backup will hang & not notify you that it cannot complete. With Macrium & many other solutions, that's not an issue.

I learned the hard way myself & am not ashamed to admit it. But once I learned my errors, I didn't repeat them. Make a positive out of this by considering it a learning experience & employing a backup strategy.

Best of Luck,

AOMEI Technology
12-03-2012, 09:38 PM
Hi hminney,

About your problem we felt sorry.
Your situation is not common, and there is a rate occurring this problem, not often. Since the free space is in front of the system partition that you want to extend. In this situation, all the system files involve moving position. As you know different computer has different system configuration and complicated, so when moving system there is some rate occurring this problem. The problem maybe some of your boot files been corrupted. You could run you original Windows 8 installation CD, and try the repairing option. That may solve some of the problems.

Sorry again for bring you so much trouble.

Best Regards,