Beware of the MiniTool Partition Manager

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skyglider Veteran Member • Posts: 5,802
Beware of the MiniTool Partition Manager
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I installed the free MiniTool Partition Manager about a week ago for some partition tests that I wanted to try.

Fast forward to today. I wanted to change a drive letter so I opened Win10's Disk Management. It would not change the drive letter saying that the drive was in use. I did a restart to insure that nothing was using the drive. Disk Management still wouldn't change the drive letter because the drive was in use. (Had the option to force the drive letter change but I didn't want to do that since I wanted to find out why the drive was in use.)

I booted Win10 in safe mode and then Disk Management allowed the drive letter change normally. That confirmed that a startup program was the culprit.

Booted back into Win10 and suspecting that MiniTool might be the culprit, I found that MiniTool was in the Task Scheduler so was auto starting on boot. Removed it from Task Scheduler and then removed the MiniTool program.

After a restart, now Disk Management can change drive letters normally.

So beware of installing the free MiniTool program. In my opinion, it sucks!

Sky

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Re: Beware of the MiniTool Partition Manager

skyglider wrote:

I installed the free MiniTool Partition Manager about a week ago for some partition tests that I wanted to try.

Fast forward to today. I wanted to change a drive letter so I opened Win10's Disk Management. It would not change the drive letter saying that the drive was in use. I did a restart to insure that nothing was using the drive. Disk Management still wouldn't change the drive letter because the drive was in use. (Had the option to force the drive letter change but I didn't want to do that since I wanted to find out why the drive was in use.)

I booted Win10 in safe mode and then Disk Management allowed the drive letter change normally. That confirmed that a startup program was the culprit.

Booted back into Win10 and suspecting that MiniTool might be the culprit, I found that MiniTool was in the Task Scheduler so was auto starting on boot. Removed it from Task Scheduler and then removed the MiniTool program.

After a restart, now Disk Management can change drive letters normally.

So beware of installing the free MiniTool program. In my opinion, it sucks!

Perhaps AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard (free) would be a decent alternative; I boot it from a separate drive to do my partitioning.

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OP skyglider Veteran Member • Posts: 5,802
Re: Beware of the MiniTool Partition Manager
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Austinian wrote:

Perhaps AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard (free) would be a decent alternative; I boot it from a separate drive to do my partitioning.

Hi Austinian,

I saw in one of your previous posts that you used Aomei Partition Assistant free successfully so I had installed it at the same time as I did MiniTools.  It worked well and it does not put my drives "in use" like MiniTools did.  I'm keeping Aomei.

By the way, Minitools put BOTH of my internal data drives "in use", not only one.  I couldn't change the drive letter on both internal data drives (wanted to swap the drive letters) until I removed MiniTools.  So I suspect the MiniTools auto start routine interrogates all drives on boot up and then does not release them.  A really bad program IMO.

Thanks,
Sky

SC489 Senior Member • Posts: 1,295
Re: Beware of the MiniTool Partition Manager
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I use the portable version of MPM and have never had such problems. I also use Autoruns to block stuff loading at start up.

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