With Partition Magic 7, I am trying to partition an 80Gig drive. After reboot, P M starts, then shows, Error 27, cannot lock drive, If the hard disk contains files that are in use by another process, P. M. cannot lock the partition. In msconfig, System Configuration Utility,Startup, I have clicked “ Disable all” In msconfig, System Configuration Utility, Services, I have clicked “Disable all” In System ini, and Win ini, I have clicked “Disable all” Also disabled Norton System Works, P.M. still says Error 27
The advice given is correct, PM should, and in your case does, allow you to set up all the required options you wish to perform, and when you click apply changes the system reboots and the changes are applied prior to Windows starting.
The problem is clearly that your system is not doing this, displaying an error 27 message at this stage. Error 27 relates to not being able to dismount the drive to perform the relevant operations.
I would first try running "Chkdsk /f", and secondly running a reliable and up to date virus checker.
Also woodchips advice is sound, create the boot disks from within PM and boot from them to see if you can partition safely from there as it works at a much lower level.
I use PM 8 and have not experienced any anomalies with SATA drives as mentioned above.
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