TeraByte BootIt Next Generation is a partition manager that has full partitioning features, data backup, restoration and boot management functions. Although this software looks archaic, making references to diskettes and floppies, it still gets the job done. In fact, this disk partition software has more features than some of the more modern software we compared it against. TeraByte also provides free downloads of utilities that further fill out BootIt’s feature set.
Unlike most software, BootIt is not an application on your operating system. Instead, as a boot manager, BootIt appears when you start up your computer. If you want to make changes to your partitions or other settings, you will need to click on the maintenance button of the application. If you want to go to the operating system of your computer, you simply press Resume.
We are impressed with the partitioning functions of this partition manager. Under the Work with Partitions section, you can create, delete, format, resize, slide, copy, image and undelete partitions. BootIt has every partition command that we expect to be included in a quality hard drive management application.
In the View MBR (master boot record) section, you can make additional changes to partitions, such as setting a partition as active or inactive.
This partition manager provides backup and restoration features. These functions are extremely simple. There is no setup wizard; instead, it performs the functions for you after you press on the respective button to start the command.
We wish this software included a data recovery feature to find lost data if your computer crashes or becomes infected with a virus. This software is also missing a cloning function and a redistribute free space command, which would make organizing your hard drive easier.
Under the Settings section, you can set up security options for your computer. If you want, you can require a login by setting up a maintenance password. We liked these features because they provide extra options to keep your data secure.
BootIt acts as a boot manager, which means you can install a new operating system and manage multiple operating systems from this software.
Unfortunately, this partition manager cannot defragment, wipe a hard drive clean or predict disk failure. We found these features to be important hard drive management features, and this software ranked lower because they did not include them.
We found that this software was hard to install. First, you must download the files to your computer and decide on the application’s settings. Then you have to burn the software to a CD and install it to your computer from the CD. This process can be time-consuming and frustrating. On the other hand, this process gives you more options to customize your software to your situation and preferences.
Once the software was installed on the computer, it was easy to understand and use. The main menu had several sections that were clearly labeled, making it simple to find each function.
Since this application is used before you boot the operating system, the mouse controls are different than normal. We found the mouse to be hypersensitive and difficult to use.
TeraByte provides email support, a user manual and a FAQs page for this partition manager. We were surprised that they did not provide telephone or chat support, but we appreciated that you can watch and read tutorials for this application.
Although TeraByte BootIt Next Generation was difficult to install and was missing some valuable features, this software includes all the important basic and advanced partitioning tools. If you are looking for a partition manager mainly for the partition features, you will be pleased with this application.