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PartitionMagic is a lot more than a simple partitioning tool for hard drives these days. Not that changing your partitions without damaging the data in them is a particularly easy procedure, just that it might seem that way. In fact, PartitionMagic 8 can repartition your hard drive, set up multiple operating systems and even perform scheduled backups to protect your data.
The core program, which can be run from Windows or in DOS mode directly from a boot floppy, enables you to change the size of existing partitions, create new ones, merge two into one and so on. This is all achieved in a logical and straightforward way, using a new group of Wizards and with a number of safety checks to make sure you do what you intend.
Any of the changes you make, happen without any disturbance to the data you already have on your hard drive. The program can handle IDE and SCSI hard drives and in this new version adds external drives linked to USB2 or FireWire ports. You need quite a bit of memory in your PC to run the program--128 MB in Windows XP, for example.
BootMagic is bundled with Partition Magic 8 and is a well-featured boot manager which enables you to install several different operating systems on your PC and switch between them at start-up. You can include versions of Windows and other operating systems such as Linux available on the same PC, though the documentation is a little sketchy on exactly which operating systems it supports. --Simon Williams