Partition Help

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by wildermark, Dec 2, 2006.

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  1. wildermark

    wildermark Registered Member

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    I have one primary partition that covers my entire hard drive.. I currently have no real options for backing up my files and windows has been hashed by GreenBorder crappiness. So, I am in search of some reliable software that will allow me to take some of the empty space on this partition and make another partition to store my backups in where I can then reformat and reinstall windows. I've always heard good reports from Partition Magic, but I just noticed that the idiot company symantec took it over so I won't hold any trust in it.

    Anybody have good experience with this and can make a recommendation?
     
  2. iceni60

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    there's this - gparted livecd. you have to burn the image to a cd (you can use this to make sure it burns it correctly - http://www.snapfiles.com/get/burncdcc.html) then boot your computer from the cd you burned.
    http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php

    here's some screenshots -
    http://gparted.sourceforge.net/screenshots.php
    and Features -
    http://gparted.sourceforge.net/features.php


    there is a free Partition Magic clone that's part of another OS, but i can't remember what it's called any more :|
     
  3. wildermark

    wildermark Registered Member

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    Thanks
     
  4. HandsOff

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    You didn't ask, but I thought it might be help to take a look at the steps involved in adding a partition

    -Original partition is resized (made smaller). When this step is done you will have 1 partition, and however much was specified at the point is just unallocated space.

    -New partition is created, your done!

    During this process all of the data that is located in what is to be the new partition's space have to move. Since your entire system in on one partition, it is conceivable that we are talking about a very large number of files. On the other hand, if you were to use a disk defragmenter like Raxco - Perfect Disk 8, then all your data will already be in the beginning of the partition, and the end will be mostly or all unused, so hopefully you won't have to wait five hours for the migration of files to take place!


    -HandsOff
     
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    BING from Terabyte
    Boot from floppy or CD
    NON destructive partition resizing
    Format new partition as Fat32 (use windows to format in NTFS)
     
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