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How to create boot CD to run from bootable disk?

Bootable CD allows you partitioning physical hard disk and RAID virtual drives without installing to the server that you need to repartition, especially useful for server administrators that cannot install third party applications to production server.

This server partition manager is similar and powerful than Norton Partition Magic, but it is not from Symantec corporation. Partition magic isn't compatible with Windows Server 2003 and later editions, Symantec officially stated they no longer offer Norton Partition Magic.

How to create bootable CD?

We've created the demo version bootable ISO file, to save your precious time, we suggest you download directly and ignore this page. Of course, you may create the ISO file by yourself.

Step1, launch Partition Assistant on a PC or test server, click "Make Bootable CD Wizard" on top left "Wizards" console.

Boot cd wizard

  • Click "Download Window AIK" and your default brower will be open.
  • In the target web page, download Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK).
  • Close this page and follow the steps below.

Step2, extract "KB3AIK_EN.iso" with WinZip or mount this iso with your own virtual CD-ROM application.

Step3, run "StartCD.exe" and install Windows AIK to this computer. (to install, you should move the mouse pointer to the tab "Windows AIK Setup")

Install Windows aik

Step4, after installing Windows AIK, restart Partition Assistant and redo step1.

Ready to create

Step5, click "Next", in the next window, click "Browse" to select a path and save the bootable ISO file.

Boot cd created

Step6, burn this ISO file with your burning software. (Windows 7 integrates built-in burning utility, right click this iso file > Open With > Windows Disc Image Burner)

After burning, you can boot from this bootable disk, remember to change boot preference in BIOS, booting from USB disk requires main board support.

Boot from cd


Bootable disc

Now you can change partition size and do other partition management operations.

Benefits to create WinPE bootable CD/USB disk

WinPE bootable disc has the best compatibility with Windows file system, some other partitioning tool boot CD is based on Linux, so it has many limitations, such as:

  • Hardware RAID array is not supported
  • Drive letter won't be shown

Our partition magic boot CD/USB disk has no such limitations, so it helps you partitioning much more easily and safely.

We suggest you create bootable disc with full version.

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