Terabyte Unlimited’s Terabyte Boot-It Bare Metal née BING (Boot-It Next Generation) (not to be confused with Bing the Microsoft Search engine), is both a tool for managing partitions, (creating, deleting, growing, shrinking and sliding) and a boot manager. The current version of Bare Metal is 1.25 Last revised/verified: 2014-02-26. It is the one I chose to use myself after experimenting with many of them.
There are separate downloads for trial and production. I could not get downloads to work with Firefox, but I could get them to work after several tries with Google Chrome.
Bare Metal adds a number of features over Boot-It NG, the most important being:
Features still not available that I would like:
The current and presumably last version of Boot-It NG is 1.86b Last revised: 2009-11-05 Verified: 2011-04-11
It lets you have more than 4 primary bootable partitions if you use Boot-It exclusively for boot and partition management. It will back up the MBR. Boot-It will modify the MBR for each OS so that it gets to see the MBR in its preferred order with a partitions hidden it is not supposed to touch. This lets you shift partitions around without having to manually edit all the boot.ini files. It will also see the MBR as if it were originally the primary boot partition. It can also create images of partitions for backup. It is not a full blown backup, but it gives you the basic operation needed.
The competition is Acronis, a much slicker product, but which failed on my Vista machine. The venerable Partition Magic has not been updated to handle Vista.
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