Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by Longboard, Jan 2, 2006.
Could I pick your brains about experiences and recommendations for partition managers.
Good question, I need an answer too. Too many choices and most probably too many opinions to make it easier LOL.
There are certain price differences to consider, if you buy Partitioning + Image Backup
Bootit Next Generation v1.75a = Partitioning + Image Backup.......... : $34.95
Acronis Disk Director Suite v10.0 ($49.99) + True Image v9.0 ($49.99) : $99.98
Norton PartitionMagic v8.0 ($69.95) + Ghost v10.0 ($69.99)........... : $139.94
This is a beauty : Partition Logic v0.6 = Partitioning + Image BackUp : $0.00
Partition Logic is free software, based on the Visopsys operating system. It boots from a CD or floppy disk and runs as a standalone system, independent of your regular operating system. It is intended to become a free alternative to such commercial programs as Partition Magic, Drive Image, and Norton Ghost...
Partitioning only :
Paragon Partition Manager v7.0 ($49.95)
Ranish Partition Manager v2.42 (freeware)
Which one gets an A+ ?
I use Norton Partition Magic 8.05. And while i usually despise their software. This one has to be a big exception as it is excellent. And its GUI is very easy to use and understand.
This is most likely due to the fact that this is the exact same version as what Powerquest had gradually made great. Norton just bought them out and renamed their program to theirs. So in future releases expect added bloat and frequent instabilities in the software. But this version 8.05 is truly excellent.
NOD blocks Partitionlogic floopy disk image from download
Interesting. Of course freewares are often infected. Weird.
I use power quest partition magic (before norton) and it is an excellent product.
I'm with ya BigC. I use Powerquest PM 8.0, pre-buyout. Excellent piece of software.
i also use powerquest partition magic - very friendly gui and wizard - recommend it especially if your not too confident with partitioning. the key to success (using this) is to apply one change at a time
if your quite confident then i would recommend BootitNG. all you do is download make a bootable disk (no need to install software) reboot with the floppy and you partition making selections with your mouse very basic gui.
if your partitioning one off (or very rarely) then go with booitNG download make a bootable floppy and your off, no need to install the software no need to pay (i.e trial) and you have your partition. i have partitioned like this on many of my friends pc's. more info, download, manual @ http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootitng.html
I have used most of these but rec
Acronis Disk Director Suite v10.0 ($49.99) + True Image v9.0 ($49.99)
I version 9 and 8 but DDS version 10 has some great new features.
I also like Paragon Partition Manager v7.0.
Partition magic is no as good as these two in my opinion.
How do you plan on using a PM?
1 once to setup new sys,
2 to resize existing,
3 to join/split existing
4 add new disk
1 = Ranish
2 = PM, DDS, PPM
3 = DDS
4 = Ghost , TrueImage or vendor tools
Personally, I'm hesitating between two :
1. BootItNG, because this is an all-in-one solution (partitioning + image backup) and the price is right.
I don't read any bad comments either.
2. PowerQuest Partition Magic, which is also very good according my readings.
I will try the trial versions anyway.
There are a lot of options but it seems to boil down to the three
Thanks for the input.
Now...eeeny, meeny, miny, mo....
Paragon Partition Manager V7 and quite like it, lot's of features but the gui could have been made bit modern, flashy..it looks like it's made for W2K
According the manual of BootItNG I can create over 200 primary partitions (if desired)
which means 26 minus 4 = 22 available drive letters for partitioning.
200 minus 26 = 174 drive letters
So I still need 174 drive letters, if I want 174 primary partitions.
My theoretical question is : where do I get 174 drive-letters, if the alphabet contains only 26 letters ?
AA, AB, AC ... ZX, ZY, ZZ perhaps ?
This is a Minimum Information Problem (MIP)
Since it's just a hypothetical question, here's one solution: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;307889&sd=tech I have no idea if it works for primary patitions -- I kinda doubt it.
Thank you. So mounted drives are the solution to use more than 26 drive letters.
I leave it up to the partitioning freaks to create a wood of partitions on their computer.
I'm not going to stare at 200 partitions in Windows Explorer.
I hear that ! I can't imagine having that many partitions either unless maybe one has 20 OS installs and has to have 9 data partitions to go along with each of the 20 OS installs....
Separate names with a comma.