View Full Version : How to make partitions?

06-10-2003, 05:06 PM
I want to partition my hard drive, but I dont want to format it, or loose any stuff, and i want it done safely.

I heard about partition magic, or something. I have XP Pro.

If I bought Partition Magic 7.01, would that be all right for it?

I have hardly any money to spend though, so i want something cheap.

06-10-2003, 05:10 PM
Use Partition magic to avoid losing data, its your best bet. You still should backup your data, its not totally fool-proof.

Graham L
06-10-2003, 05:10 PM
I think PM costs $70 or thereabouts. Ranish is free, but that might njot do XP (NTFS).

There is no such thing as a fool-proof accident-proof partitioner. Accidents happen. Fools happen. That's why backups were invented. :D

06-10-2003, 05:26 PM
I have XP, but its FAT32 i have. Will that be all right?

What is Ranish?

Graham L
06-10-2003, 05:32 PM
Ranish is a free partitioner. Google will find a download site for you.

READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. Then read them again, until you understand them. :D

06-10-2003, 05:46 PM
I think i can get Partition Magic 7.01 for about $35 . I can afford that, but is it enough better than the free Ranish, or nearly the same?

Can Ranish partition without losing any data?

06-10-2003, 06:11 PM
There is ALWAYS a risk. You have to back up before doing anything. My son has lost his information when for some unknown reason, partition magic turned to custard.

06-10-2003, 06:25 PM
Well. I guess thats a bit better, if even Partition Magic screws up, then I guess a free one wont matter so much.

No one has answered this yet though

Will Partition Magic 7.01 be ok? Does it support XP, and FAT32 and all that?


06-10-2003, 07:01 PM
Search Google using "partition magic 7 and windows xp"

Amazing what it returns.

Men are four:
He who knows not and knows not he knows not, he is a fool -- shun him;
He who knows not and knows he knows not, he is simple -- teach him;
He who knows and knows not he knows, he is asleep -- wake him;
He who knows and knows he knows, he is wise -- follow him!
- Lady Burton (wife of Sir Richard Francis Burton), given as an Arabian proverb

06-10-2003, 07:17 PM
Ill say its amazing too.

Your search - "partition magic 7 and windows xp" - did not match any documents.


I removed the quotes, and there are thousands of cracks and what not.

That is why i asked here actually. Myabe im lazy.

Peter H
06-10-2003, 07:26 PM
Don't use Ranish unless you are an expert. The latest Version Of PM works with XP - earlier one's don't.

06-10-2003, 08:06 PM
So, 7.01 doesnt work on XP?

Far, getting answers is like extracting a tooth. However it goes.

Peter H
06-10-2003, 08:39 PM
No - you need Version 8

06-10-2003, 10:17 PM
Since im not an expert, it looks like im stuck back at PM 8 for $120 , or nothing.

I can afford nothing, so it looks like i will take it. hmmm.

I could buy a new hard drive for that price.

06-10-2003, 10:37 PM
What a load of ?*?

Partition magic 5 upwards will do the job. You run it in Dos with a Boot floppy so it doesnt matter what the OS is.
It will handle Fat, Fat 32, Linux Ext2.
I presume that you are using Fat32 for your XP?
If you are using XP's new fangled format you may be in trouble.
If you have dual booting you must have Fat32 otherwise your 98/ME will not be able to access the files.

06-10-2003, 11:04 PM
Maybe you could try a Linux partitioner like disk druid?

06-10-2003, 11:10 PM
Mzee is correct. With the newer versions of PM 7,8+ - they include a windows version as well. Basically thats just the same thing with a 32bit gui. You can do everything with the bootdisks basically. PM 7,8 will make bootdisks for you. Amazing how many people don't know what P2P can do for you.

09-10-2003, 03:40 PM
Arrgh. What a pain. I could have bought Partiton Magic 5, for $5.

I think im going to get Partition Magic 7 though.

I dont have the new XP thing, just FAT32.

Would it be best to do it in DOS mode?

If I have XP, have do I go into DOS mode?

09-10-2003, 03:45 PM
Yes I'm guessing you will have to do it within DOS, unless PM7 works in WinXP?

09-10-2003, 04:04 PM
I meant, If I have XP, how do I do it in DOS mode, because I cant seem to run DOS stuff.

Peter H
09-10-2003, 04:42 PM
Buy the latest edition of PCUser - an Aussie Mag. Has a free version of Paragon Partition Manager - will do XP but you will need a bootable DOS floppy. Understand the prog will make one you. $8.50 worth !!

09-10-2003, 05:46 PM
>I meant, If I have XP, how do I do it in DOS mode, because I cant seem to run DOS stuff.

Just go with the install of PM7, and somewhere it should ask you if you want to make boot/rescue disks. - Thats your cue right there. Otherwise if you downloaded it or its on cd, look in one of the folders there is probably a folder in there with a rescue disk wizard.

Then all you need to do, is go into the BIOS and change the boot priority to floppy first, then stick in the disk, reboot and it should run PM7 under DOS. :)

09-10-2003, 06:14 PM
Cool thanks. I have to get it first. Should be on monday next week, or I might get that magazine.