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Linux Magazine: PartitionMagic Review: A Great Divide

Nov 25, 2000, 18:05 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rebecca Rohan)

"It pays to be skeptical about products with "Magic" in the title, but PowerQuest Corporation's latest version of PartitionMagic has earned the "M" word. It could even get by with "Magic" in all caps and a bang(!) at the end."

"PM's short description is that it lets you create, merge, resize, convert, and delete partitions without losing data; but the reality is a stunning savings of hours, days, hard drives, and fistfuls of hair. Though PartitionMagic runs in Windows and has wide applications, it's a special help in setting up a multi-boot system with Linux and one or more other OSs. PM can create Linux Ext2 and Swap, Extended, and unformatted partitions, as well as FAT, FAT 32, HPFS, and NTFS ones. You can essentially put away FDISK, Druid, and other parochial partitioning tools and go United Nations from within PartitionMagic."

"If you've already set up a dual-boot system and need to reallocate space or change file systems without losing data, PartitionMagic is the puppy of choice. Resizing the partitions on a Win 98/Red Hat Linux system that was already heavily configured -- without losing data -- was a breeze with PM."

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