Partition software?

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  1. Robyn

    Robyn Registered Member

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    I would like to partition my new notebook computer but am aware that sometimes things do not go as planned when partitioning. I always used Partition Magic which worked before I knew that it was not fully compatible with XP (read some reviews on Amazon :( ) the reviews made me stop and think.

    I have Acronis PowerUtilites 2004 but as I do not have them installed at the moment I am not too sure if they include a partition manager. I have tried to get information on the Acronis site, unfortunately at the moment the first page loads fine but when I go to find out further info the rest of the pages are not loading for me. I will try again later to see the further details etc

    I would be grateful if someone would advise on Acronis software for partitioning and is it fully compatible with Windows XP Pro SP2. I want to partition my notebook's hard drive (80GB NTFS) to have 'C' and one other partition as I just do not like working with 'C' alone.

    My main PC was partitioned when setup so I didn't have the possibilty for failure and now I have given thought to 'potential' failure I would like to have the best possible software to help me.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Acronis Support

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    Hello Robyn,

    Thank you for your interest in Acronis software (http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/).

    The main partitionig program we offer is Acronis Disk Director Suite 9.0 (http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/diskdirector/). However since you haven't got it and have Acronis Power Utilities (http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/powerutilities/) instead you may use Acronis Disk Editor (http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/diskeditor/) that is included into the package.

    You may create the back up of all your system before repartitioning with Acronis True Image (http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/) and if something goes wrong you will be able to roll back easily.

    All Acronis software is fully compatible with Windows XP SP2.

    Thank you.
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  3. Robyn

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    Thank you for your reply. Is the disk editor included in my Power Utilities just as good as the one ine the main package? The main Disk Director is a little over the top for me to only want to use the partitioning element for one partition :(

    My Power Utilites was purchased pre SP2 will this still be OK plus I have Acronis True Image v7 just purchased prior to V8 was released. I loved the software but was disappointed when updates stopped due to the release of v8 therefore I will have to install my copy again if v7 is still compatible with SP2.

    I have used Partition magic in the past but feel if Acronis partition software has a friendly GUI like TI then I would prefer to use it to create a partition on my laptop. My main PC was partitioned on install; my notebook is just new with one hard disk and I would prefer to have it partitioned for my files and folders.

    Hopefully the Disk Editor in PU will suffice. It is PU 2004 I have but after reading the details I presume this is not the same as the user friendly actual partition manager included in the other suite :'(
     
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    Hello Robyn,

    We have tested our products with SP2 and they prove to work properly. I suppose that Disk Editor will be enough for mere partitioning. Acronis Disk Director Suite is a separate software and is not included into Acronis Power Utilities.

    Thank you.
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  5. Robyn

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    I found my discs with my Acronis software on it. I have a copy of Partition Expert 2003 - would this be compatible with SP2 if I used it to make my one partition. Thank you in advance.

    Edit: I have read some of the posts about this and think I would be worried about using this version. I also took the product tour and note a lot of FAT32 used as demo and NTFS only 'mentioned'. I will have to think as I do not want an error on boot or when trying to create a partition :'( as this is an unsupported version.

    I hope the new version included in the suite which I have not made my mind up about would be able to cope with NTFS and new hardware o_O When I used Partition Magic I must have been very fortunate or didn't consider what could go wrong :doubt:
     
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  6. TheQuest

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    Hi, Robyn

    Long time. [no see]

    Yes it will work with XP-SP2, I used PE 2003 up to Christmas with SP2 with no problems, I moved to DDS9 because to of the Raid support of the Partitioning. [seeing the HDD's as Raid, which PE 2003 did not. [on my system]]

    Best to do all the Partitioning from the BootCD.

    Take Care,
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  7. Robyn

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    Hi TheQuest :cool:

    Just me back with all my worries :rolleyes: I haven't been in this part of the forum as I lost a little confidence in TI when the upgrade to v8 left me without any future updates to v7 in a really short time. Now that I am back looking at Acronis I think I will install my v7 again and use it for my new notebook or re-install on my main PC to image with a little more confidence. It was so easy to use but then reading restore posts worried me :rolleyes:

    Thank you for the direction with PE2003 :) I am feeling a lot more confident about using this now as firstly I have good news from the tech about my notebook HD - there is nothing hidden on it which would depend on a restore if I needed to. My friend who has my old laptop doesn't mind testing things and he was able to partition using PE2003 last night and everything is fine - he thought it was a very good tool to use and made the task simple (even though he knows a lot more than me ;) ) the software took a little while to work but when he booted again everything was exactly as it should be. He booted this morning and no errors at all :)

    Now when I came to read your reply and have found your opinion on PE2003 I feel even better and hope to attmept my own partition very soon. Have a few things to do before I use it but at last I feel I will have the much wanted partition I need as I really do not like using 'C' without at least one partition.

    Thanks again, appreciate your input ;)
     
  8. Robyn

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    TheQuest, I am back again with my partitions created last night wth PE2003 :) I was nervous but when I started the process it was so much easier to use 'accurately' than PM was. I was only going to create one but really wanted 2 to have 'C' and then a partition for my Web Development projects plus another for Data storage. I have 3 partitions now and am so much happier than trying to keep a filing System on 'C' only.

    Thanks for your added support, I have booted my notebook this morning to make sure all was well and will look forward to organising my files and folders how I would like them to be now.
     
  9. TheQuest

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    Hi, Robyn

    I am only glad to be of some help. :)

    Well I knew you would find it easy to use after our posts on you first using Ti. :D

    That is the wise way to store data, I have tried to tell every one to have a least two Partitions for safety, one for the OS and one Data. [if your OS is messed up in some way, before a backup the Data is safe]

    I really pleased at that, I wished all my friends I have set up their systems for would do the same, I keep telling them to never to download anything to C:\, but they nearly all use the default My Documents :( , just to save a few click and make a folder on another Partition. o_O

    With regards
    Take Care,
    TheQuest :cool:
     
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