Thanks Carol, Lutz_ and 4wd for your responses.
Just to share the results of my little bit of experimentation.
I had just cloned a harddisk with Acronis True Image 7 (Free copy that was given away sometime ago although I read somewhere from Gizmos newsletter that Acronis True Image 8 was being given away earlier this year - probably to his paid subscribers).
As the cloned harddisk was working fine, I thought I could play around with Easeus Partition Manager for Windows 1.64 (Freeware home edition) and Paragon Partition Manager 2005.
I started with Easeus Partition Manager (no registration required but it did try to access the internet which you can disallow - no problem, just a 10 sec wait to start) and found that it worked nicely and allowed me to resize the two partitions in my harddisk quite nicely without any problems and was quite fast. I allowed me to resize by dragging the mouse cursor on the pictorial representation of the two partitions.
I didn't get around to creating or deleting a partition. But would certainly post back here on it should I get around to doing it.
I next installed Paragon Partition Manager 2005 (also a freeware) and put in the name and registration given to me.
Unfortunately, I had some trouble trying to resize my Active partition to make it bigger although I could like in Easeus Partition Manager, I could use the mouse cursor to "drag" the boundaries of my Data partition to make the Data Partition smaller.
Unfortunately, unlike in Easeus, I could not drag the boundary of my Active Partition to extend it into the "Free" unallocated space.
So for something so routine as resizing my Active Partition to make it bigger, Paragon Partition Manager 2005 was a disappointment.
Maybe, if I looked a bit deeper in the UI in Paragon, I may find that I can actually get it done.
So Thumbs up for Easeus Partition Manager for Windows 1.64 at least for me
On a slightly related subject on Acronis True Image 7.
I had actually Created an image of Drive C on a 160gb disk with two partitions with Acronis True Image 7
When I restored this Acronis Image to a 250gb, I could not get it to boot. I tried things like Fdisk /MBR as I thought perhaps the boot sector may be at a slightly different location for a 250gb but to no avail.
So I did the next most logical thing was to use the Acronis True Image 7 Clone disk command to clone my 160gb to a 250gb and this time the cloning worked flawlessly.
It is on this 250gb that I had been experimenting with Easeus Partition Manager for Windows 1.64 and Paragon Partition Manager 2005.
(Do take note that previously when I created an Acronis (v7) image of a 20gb partition (in an older laptop) and restored it to the same partition to solve a hanging problem, the image restored properly and I could boot the laptop without any problems.)
So my conclusion is that Acronis True Images is useful only to restore to a harddisk of the same size. If it differs in size, the use the clone command.
Any differing Acronis experience any one ?