Mac is equipped with an in-built partition manager and disk management tool named Disk Utility. It facilitates a wide verity of features to perform multiple disk and disk volume-related tasks, such as backup, verify disk integrity, repair, formatting, partitioning, erasing, and cloning disks, etc. Most of the users use this module on Mac in order to complete multiple actions. However, there are some other tools too that can help to manage the Mac efficiently and also include some additional modules that disk utility doesn’t equip with.
Stellar Partition Manager is included with all the features of disk utility with some additional ones that make it better and preferred partition manager software. Let’s discuss about both the partition managers and compare both of them on a Mac OS X.
Drive Partition with Disk Utility
Disk utility is a very efficient and easy to use module on OS X, which reduces the complexity of disk management. You can easily create, remove, repartition or resize the Mac drives whenever needed, while keeping the data safe. However, in order to perform the resizing process on a partition with disk utility, you need to empty the next volume in the disk.
At times, you need to enlarge your boot volume if it is running out of space. You can do it with Disk Utility. To initiate the process, you need to delete the partition that comes next to the boot volume or any other partition on the disk and then move the partition’s end point into the freed space. However, disk utility doesn’t allow you to enlarge the last partition on a disk. Resizing the boot volumes with Disk Utility is not always a good idea as if something went wrong, then it may result data loss. Therefore, make sure that you have backed up complete hard drive using Time Machine or any other backup service you prefer before you begin.
This volume enlargement process could be more complex as Disk Utility does not list the free space along with other partitions under the Partition tab. After successful enlargement of required boot drive, if the enlarged partition doesn’t use the complete space from the deleted volume, you can use the remained space to create a new partition in the unused space.
Resize with Stellar Partition Manager
Stellar Partition Manager provides you a reliable way to manage your partitions without involving any risk of data loss. It will reduce all the complexities and make it easy for you to manage hard drive partitioning on Mac. This professional partition manager software lists all the available drives attached to the concerned Mac machine, you can select any drive from the list and manage its respective volumes with powerful modules. When you run the Stellar Partition Manager, you will be able to see the graphical structure of the selected drive with free and occupied spaces in the middle pane of the main window, where the right pane will show all the drive information.
The middle pane of the software is used to choose a volume from its bottom right corner, and drag the space either upwards or downwards to shrink and enlarge the size respectively.
Additionally, Stellar Partition Manager also includes multiple other powerful modules, such as deleting, hiding, formatting, and revealing, and rolling back the changes done in previous step. The rollback feature allows you to revert to a previous state of a volume, in case you have performed it accidentally. In addition, this tool also allows you to protect or hide your important files or partitions from anyone, who you do not want to see them.
Stellar Partition Manager and Disk Utility, both are equipped with multiple common features like formatting, partition, resizing, and deleting Mac volumes, which make them equally well, but still Stellar Partition Manager has some additional features like hiding/revealing a volume for data security, which makes it a better tool than Disk Utility.