BING (Boot It Next Generation)

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  1. TheKid7

    TheKid7 Registered Member

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    I purchased a license for BING some time ago but have not used it yet.

    I was wondering about the resizing of partitions feature. For Example: If I have a 80 GB hard drive with a single partition. The hard drive has 10 GB of used space. I want to resize the partition to 20 GB. The GUI of the built-in Windows defragmenter shows several clusters of data scattered out on the hard drive after a defragmentation is performed.

    What I was wondering is how BING would handle the data being scattered across the hard drive when you do the resize. Does it handle the process without data loss/file corruption? In other words, I am concerned about the risk of data loss/corruption when you do a partition resize.

    Thank you.
     
  2. crofttk

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    It goes without saying, as I'm sure others have said already, you must have a reliable backup image of the partition(s) or drive(s) you perform these kinds of operations on.

    To answer the question, BING will do as Acronis DD or Partition Magic does and do this operation at boot-time. Bing will MOVE whatever data is in the new area you are creating to a location in the remaining original partition. This will be a relatively painless and safe, although sometimes lenghty, operation. But, again, have that backup ready.

    BING is da bomb!
    EDIT: As is, of course, IFW! I've NEVER found an imaging program more RELIABLE when used correctly than IFW/IFD.
     
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  4. Longboard

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    Look to the video tutorials for useage.
    I've never had any data lost..ever..through multiple HD rearrangements
    ( not to say it couldn't happen but likely HW or user problem :D )

    **** @thekid7: be aware that bing v1.+ will not be compatible with IFW images created with version 2.+ of IFW ****

    Must use IFW v1.+ images for restore with BING.

    The partition management tools will work without any problem on your installed OS or data partitions and as boot manager.

    BING does not need installing to do the 'partition work': as noted above use from boot floppy or CD.

    LOL: bing is the reason I always get a floppy drive stuck in: just a safety net.
    Only cost about $10 or less these days.
    Might run out soon and I'll have to recycle them...;)

    There a special size limitation wrt using a USB drive to boot from: cant recall exactly : check the kb if you want to boot with BING from USB.

    :thumb: :thumb:

    Just waiting patiently for BING v2.+ for compatability with IFW 2.+
    Not strictly neccessary for basic tools and operations, but nice to boot from; adjust partitions and restore all at once.

    Equal best software/utilities buy ever.
     
  5. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    TheKid7,

    Good advice in the above posts.

    The only time I've had trouble with a partitioning app was when I deliberately pulled out the power cable while I was doing an operation in Partition Magic. Pulling power is not recommended. Surprisingly, recovery was possible. So don't resize the partition if you have thunderstorms in the area and a possibility of power loss.

    BING will resize a partition down to around 10% free space. If ever you want a really small partition. Moving data is not an issue.

    As far as using BING, I suggest a Partition Work CD.
     
  6. Huupi

    Huupi Registered Member

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    Huh !?! o_O :D
     
  7. TheKid7

    TheKid7 Registered Member

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    Thanks again for everyone's help.
     
  8. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    I turned off power to the computer. I expected partition/data corruption and I wanted to see if the situation was recoverable. It was. Test computer of course.
     
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