partition magic8 Expert required Please:

  Mad Boy 23:30 18 Jan 2003
  Mad Boy 23:30 18 Jan 2003

I recently got partition magic8, with being busy i have only just installed it, before partitioning a drive it says something about backing them up. Being a beginner/amateur im not sure what im doing. I need some expert advice incase i lose important data on my pc. Im using Windows98Se and i have the following drive partitions already on:

WINDOWS (C:) FAT32 which is Primary
(*) EXTENDED which is also primary
EXTRAS (D:) which is Logical

I also have E: which is my cd drive and F: which is my cd-r writer drive (the cd drives dont show up in partition magic)

Anyway how to i began adding a new partition (i.e Drive G: i think will be next


  leo49 23:38 18 Jan 2003

Best place to start is to read the manual and then come back with anything you're not clear about.


  Mad Boy 23:39 18 Jan 2003

I already have actually, it just recommends backing the partitions up

  Mad Boy 23:39 18 Jan 2003

I even went through the flash tutorial

  leo49 23:42 18 Jan 2003

All it means is that there is a minute[and I've never known it happen]chance that during the process something might go wrong, thus anything you don't want to lose make a copy of.

  Mad Boy 23:45 18 Jan 2003

So do i backup the whole partition for that drive or just what i need backing up (to cd)

  Mad Boy 23:49 18 Jan 2003

thats it i remember now> it asked that when partitioning the drive before the one i would like to do may need backing up or something because it changes and any shortucts may be affected.

Anyway here is what it says in the help file:

(Windows 9x and Windows Me only) Creating a new partition may cause your drive letters to change. For example, if you have one primary partition (C:) on your hard drive and a CD-ROM drive (D:), and you create a new logical partition on your hard drive, the new partition becomes D: and the CD-ROM drive changes to E: after you reboot your computer. As a result, any programs on your hard disk that were linked to the CD-ROM no longer function because the file paths have changed.

PowerQuest recommends that you let DriveMapper automatically update your drive letter references, when prompted to do so. However, you can update drive letter references manually. For more information about changing drive letter references with DriveMapper, click See Also on the Help toolbar, then click Understanding Drive Letters.

· The file system you choose for the new partition will determine which operating systems can access the partition. The wizard dialogs will instruct you about the choices you make. For example, if you choose to create a FAT32 partition, the wizard will inform you that FAT32 partitions are used by Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2, Windows 98/Me/2000/XP but that Windows 3.x and DOS cannot access them. Pay close attention to the information in the dialog boxes, or you may inadvertently make your data inaccessible.

· Before installing Windows NT, make sure that on the disk ends prior to cylinder 1024. Otherwise, Windows NT will not install and will report that all the partitions are corrupted. If you cannot resize and move all partitions, you must obtain updated drivers from Microsoft (see article ID: Q197667 on the Microsoft web site) before installing Windows NT.

· After you apply the changes from the wizard and reboot your computer, the operating system assigns the new partition a drive letter. You can then save data or an operating system to your new partition.

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  Mad Boy 23:50 18 Jan 2003

........Mainly lokking at the first paragraph of the help text i gave.

Does this help?


  leo49 23:51 18 Jan 2003

Tell us what youur current layout is in terms of HDD size,partition size, OS, etc, and get a clear idea of the layout you wish to achieve.How many partitions do you want,for example?
How did you create the present 2 partitions?

Only you can answer what you need to backup as you know what's important to you.

  leo49 23:56 18 Jan 2003

click here

See the above thread for flecc's easy instructions for using PM.

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