Partition Magic V Acronis Partition Expert

  Modo 15:47 17 Jan 2005

What is the view on the Acronis product for drive partitioning - I need to partition an old Windows 2K computer to put Windows 98SE on it in order to enable the fax modem to work!!!

I note that this forum seems to prefer the Acronis drive imaging product over Norton Ghost so I'm wondering if they are preferred for partitioning.

  mattyc_92 15:55 17 Jan 2005

As you said... Most people prefer the Acronis True Image as I do, but I haven't tried their partitioning manager I have always used Partition Magic, but if True Image is anything to go on, then I would think it would be just as good as Partition Magic if not better!!!!

  TomJerry 15:57 17 Jan 2005

I keep PM because I used it for many years.

I think PM is better in term of user interface, and hope Norton does not mess it up. (PM originally under powerquest which was bought by norton).

You cannot get Partition Expert separtly now because it is now part of package Acronis Disk Director Suite 9.0.

  Modo 16:14 17 Jan 2005

TomJerry it is precisely the Symantec/Norton thing that is making me think hard before purchasing.

The Acronis trial software downloads tend to be so lacking in functionality that it can put you off the product! I noted that a trial version of Partition Expert was on the PCA cover mount disk last year and it seemed to get the thumbs down - certainly in trial format.

Do you know how many CPU's and or computers Partition Magic lets you run on - Symantec have been getting very rigid on this of late with other software. $49.99 just to partition an old 5Gb hard disk to act as a fax server would be a bit over the top!

  Stuartli 16:38 17 Jan 2005

My son is an IT support specialist for one of the UK's biggest employers and has the pick of whatever he requires - in this area they include Partition Magic and Norton Ghost.....:-)

  Modo 17:12 17 Jan 2005

Thanks Stuartli I think it probably is Partition Magic. I just hope it hasn't been upgraded under Norton Ownership to try and do everything and control the whole computer.

  TomJerry 17:15 17 Jan 2005

PM is something nice to have in your IT toolbox, you can get from Amazon for £19.

As for installtion, no need to activate, so it is up to you how many times you want to install, legally only one PC.

If you do not mind of messing thing up, you can try free tools:

Ranish Partition Manager




Partition Resizer

Partition Saving





  stylehurst 17:25 17 Jan 2005

I have used the Acronis Partition Expert & found it to be very good

  Modo 17:42 17 Jan 2005

Thanks for the amazon tip TomJerry.

That's cheaper than downloading from the USA for a change.

  Diemmess 18:24 17 Jan 2005

You really don't have to revert to 98 to use a presumed redundant dial-up modem.
Only last week I was able to set my old modem for Faxing having been on BB for 4 months and not needed a Fax facility until now.

Use Control Panel > Fax to set fax up as another printer within 2000. It works, and I was able to uninstall some pretty scratchy software from the "old days."

  Modo 18:43 17 Jan 2005

Thanks Diemmess but unfortunately it is an old IBM Thinkpad with a 16 bit pccard modem.

The card modem is completely unsupported in Win2K for reasons that I eventually nearly understood!!

I have tried tens of drivers and had suggestions at the message board at The only alternative is to buy an external modem which completely defeats the object in creating more wires and clutter.

We use PhoneTools Expert software which is excellent - especially as faxing is really archaic these days. But unfortunately the software has a habit of conflicting with software updates for other programs. About every six months we suddenly find it starts spiking 100% cpu usage on any machine or server.

So theory was get it on an otherise useless but networked computer on a dedicated use basis.

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