|Partition Magic v3.0
|- by Noah Sumner
Partition Magic is a wonderful package that makes "impossible" tasks extremely easy to accomplish. Partition Magic is a replacement for the antiquated DOS (and OS/2) FDISK, and includes many additional features, enabling you to do many difficult partition management tasks "on the fly". Partition Magic is a dynamite utility especially if you run more than one operating system.
Partitions make it easier for us to organize data. Using partitions we can keep our operating systems, data, and applications separate. On today's bigger hard drives, partitions are almost required, especially if you use the FAT (used in DOS and Windows 95) file system. The FAT file system is very wasteful; on my hard drive if I had a single 2 gigabyte (2,000 megabyte) partition, I would be wasting 38% of my disk space! HPFS, by contrast, is not very wasteful and you may have larger than 2 gig partitions. However, you should still partition your disk to organize your data. If you are using more then one operating system, it is very beneficial to partition and keep the operating systems separate.
Partition Magic v3.0 also allows you to do all the things that FDISK allows you to do: create, delete, label partitions, etc.
When creating partition with Partition Magic you can not create a blank partition, you will be asked what format you wish the partition to be. You have the choice of FAT, FAT32, HPFS, NTFS or Extended. If you select FAT, Partition Magic will help you choose how large to make your partition so you are still using drive space efficiently. For Instance if you were planning to make a 260 meg partition you would be wiser to create a 255 meg partition (about 5.5% more efficient or able to store 10 meg more data). You are also able to get this information when resizing a FAT partition or selecting the cluster option.
Partition Magic includes a very nice graphical interface that can be used under OS/2, DOS, Windows 3.1 or Windows 95. With this graphical interface it is extremely easy to create, delete, resize, move or copy partitions. However, in case of an emergency, there is a text mode version of Partition Magic which will also run under the same operating systems as the graphical interface. The text version is small enough to be included on an emergency boot diskette.
As well there is a new "Copy" option. This feature allows you to copy a partition to free-space on any of the hard drives installed. This is as simple as clicking where free space is and clicking the "Copy" button. This is a great feature for a corporation that needs to set up a large number of identical machines in a uniform fashion.
As well, for users who don't yet have Boot Manager installed, Partition Magic can install Boot Manager for you and it will automatically create a partition on which to do so.
There is another utility called PQBoot which is used to change which partition should be "active" at boot up, however, this program is very basic and requires OS/2 to be on a primary partition.
I also have to admit that I have encountered one minor bug where DOS and Windows report an error on my second hard drive. However, the error doesn't occur if I am running Partition Magic from OS/2. The error is minor and doesn't create any problems and tech support at PowerQuest has been working with me on the problem.
There are also two small features which OS/2 users will not get the benefit of. There is a utility called Drive Mapper which will update all references for Windows when a drive letter changes. As well, there is an application mover included that also only works with Windows. They work very well, however, obviously they are not for OS/2.
Partition Magic v3.0 is more of the same solid, useful product that PowerQuest has built their reputation on.
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