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MozillaQuest: Warning! PartitionMagic and/or BootMagic Might Not Mix with Linux

Jan 20, 2001, 23:00 (17 Talkback[s])
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"In our January 1, 2001 article, Dual-Boot Linux & Windows to Get the Best of Both Operating System Worlds , we recommended using PartitionMagic and BootMagic from PowerQuest for partition and boot management in a Linux-Windows dual-boot system. Unfortunately however, we now must withdraw that recommendation. Here is why."

"Partition Magic 6.0 was used to do some additional partition re-sizing, moving, and creating operations to the system described in the Dual-Boot article -- subsequent to publication of that article. Prior to these partition management operations, both the Linux and Windows boots worked fine. However, after these partition management operations, the Linux boot no longer worked. That strongly suggests that the partition management operations did something that messed up the Linux boot."

"The PartitionMagic people have been notified of this problem. However, so far they have not explained satisfactorily what happened or how to fix it -- or why they have not been able to explain what happened or how to fix it. Therefore, we withdraw our recommendation to use PartitionMagic and BootMagic."

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