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Partition Magic 8.0

by Symantec
Windows 2000 / NT / Me / 98 / XP / 95, Linux
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • File Browser - Browse, copy, or move files and folders from one supported partition to another
  • PQBoot for Windows - While running Windows, select OS to run next time computer is rebooted
  • Enlarge NTFS partitions - No rebooting is required when expanding an NTFS partition
  • New step-by-step wizards - Create Backup Partition and Install Another OS
  • Larger partition support - Support for partition sizes up to 160GB
  • NTFS cluster resize - Improve performance with more efficient cluster sizes
  • Now supports - Linux Ext3 partitions, GRUB, USB2, and FireWire

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows 2000 / NT / Me / 98 / XP / 95, Linux
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

  • Item Weight: 118 g
  • Delivery Destinations: Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
  • ASIN: B00006S2X1
  • Release Date: 25 Oct. 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,048 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

Symantec's Norton PartitionMagic 8.0 lets you easily organize your hard drive by creating, resizing, copying, and merging disk partitions. Separate your operating system, applications, documents, music, photos, games, and backup files to reduce the risk of data loss if your system crashes. You can use Norton PartitionMagic 8.0 to run multiple operating systems safely.

Amazon.co.uk Review

Filled your C: partition, but still have plenty of room on D:? Want to run Linux and Windows on the same PC? You need PartitionMagic 8.

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

Customer Reviews

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103 of 104 people found the following review helpful
By L.Moore
This program is probably the best of its kind - which unfortunately isn't saying much, as partitioning programs are a dodgy lot. Partition Magic 8.0 is a very well-presented program and straightforward to use, and potentially very powerful. Most systems will be OK with it. But partitioning is a tricky business, and as with other similar programs, the NTFS filesystem used by XP and NT can cause hiccups in the form of frequent stoppages and error messages. Plus, it has one serious glitch: with some, not all, XP set-ups, it throws out Error 1513 (relating to file recognition) and refuses to partition.
PowerQuest's technicians are polite and responsive but don't actually have a solution to this. Their only patch is from version 8.0 to 8.01 - which most buyers, me included, will already have. Running ckdsk /f as recommended by the technicians also doesn't work - and most people would have done this before attempting any partitioning work in any case.
The fact is, for some of you out there, Parition Magic won't work. This is poor from a well-known company who shouldn't make claims about XP compatibility that they can't uphold. After extensive web searches (e.g. check out the reviews on Amazon.com, rather than .co.uk - they seem to give a good overall picture) I have discovered that I am not alone. This saga seems to have happened to many people trying to use PM8 with XP.
No partitioning program is perfect, and some are frankly lethal, so I will hang onto this one in the hope that PowerQuest come up with a suitable patch. I would advise potential buyers who have recent Win XP systems to wait for the next version and/or keep a sharp eye on web reviews rather than risk splashing out on something that might be useless to them.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not perfect. 29 Jan. 2004
By A Customer
It is certainly true that Partition Magic 8 is the best partition manager, "the standard in partitioning"! However, unfortunately it is still not perfect, despite being the best.
If you want to partition your hard drive, install multible OS, this is the program for you, however BEWARE. Partition Magic 8 has worked well for me, and is preety good. As claimed, it can be used to resize, copy, make, merge, etc partitions, which it does well. I have successfuly used it, however there have been problems, which have easily been fixed, but requiring time!
The graphical interface is super, and it is easy to use. Unfortunately wizards dont work if you have a reiser fs linux partition, but ext2 work. If you are a new user, you will quickly learn how to use this product. The drivemapper software easily allows you to change drive letters, if you need to.
There are some utilities that come with the program. Diskeeper can be used to make backups of the drive, although I didn't use it as cd and ither backup media are too expensive. The other utility is BootMagic. This is functional but extremely ugly, and thus I dont use it, but use Grub instead.
As for problems, there are two annoying problems I have experianced. One causes windows to load but crash before the boot screen, which can be fixed by repairing windows with the windows XP setup, and no data is lost! Another problem is in linux! Partition magic doesn't update the FStab file, which has to be done manually, but that's ok for linux experts.
In conclusion, I would say that Partition Magic is an excelent utility for partitioning hard drives, however there is plenty of room for imporvement. If you want to partion, go buy it, but take CARE!
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars oo la la 9 Jun. 2004
I have been using this software for many months and havent had any problems whatsoever.
I noticed one of the reviewers referred to this software as a one-trick pony, and I can see how that would be true in the majority of cases. But I could no longer live without it. I use it very frequently as I am constantly needing to add and reassign disk space, and I do a fair bit of mucking about with different OS's.
As for the errors ppl have reported finding with winXP, the only thing I can say is that I've never seen a single one in over 3 months. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I always make sure my disks are in good condition before I do anything? I always run a diskchk and defrag before starting, and have never had any problems.
Overall, the best :D.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very helpful utility 12 Mar. 2003
This product is so useful, I really do not understand how I managed without it.
I have a number of partitions spread accross multiple drives which need space re-allocating from time time.
The Windows XP disk management feature is not very helpful about making this type of change.
Partition Magic shows you what you have chosen to change, then either applies the change on the fly or will script itself into the boot up and make the necessary changes.
Bundled are useful utilities to allow your PC to boot to multiple partitions, which is useful if you are testing other operating systems or new versions of windows.
Another useful utility is the drivemapper which will reconfigure your applicatons if a drive letter has been changed due to partions moving, or being removed. I have not managed to fault this utility yet !
If you wish to manage partitions on a regular basis, a very good buy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Andre Dugas
4.0 out of 5 stars Not so useful anymore, but brilliant in it's hayday
Older versions of windows could not repartition on the fly, which was where this software came in.
Brillliant and easy to use in DOS or windows. Read more
Published 20 months ago by My Honest Opinion
4.0 out of 5 stars Great time saver!
There are a lot of partition tools out there and although I was tempted to go the DIY route for free, I am glad I didn't as there was a lot more to it than I thought. Read more
Published on 19 May 2008 by E. Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars Good but not a problem solver
I have used this on XP for long and it works ok as long as you want to do basic stuff and your Master Boot Record is healthy. Read more
Published on 1 May 2008 by H5050
1.0 out of 5 stars Totally useless
I've been battling with this so-called product for 3 nights. I diligently read the manual before starting. Read more
Published on 8 Sept. 2007 by G. L. Russell
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this!! Buy Acronis Disk Director instead
Partition Magic is rubbish. I tried using it to partition a USB stick which I installed drivers for so that XP thinks it's a hard drive. Read more
Published on 21 Jun. 2007 by A. Reynolds
1.0 out of 5 stars stay away at all costs
I got a new computer, high spec and everything. Wanted to do a partitio, and i was already familiar with the existence of partition magic, so I got it and the only magic it did is... Read more
Published on 23 Dec. 2006 by Sam
3.0 out of 5 stars Good software, but overpriced
I bought Partition Magic 8.0 almost exactly this time last year; I added first class postage and the total came to £28.19. Read more
Published on 26 Aug. 2006 by Alex Hawke
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Problem Solver
I bought a used copy of this software from Amazon Marketplace , and it has paid for itself in terms of allowing me to recover otherwise unrecoverable data or to put off buying a... Read more
Published on 21 Feb. 2006 by Annabel S
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb piece of software but . . .
This really is a great price of software, letting you easily do pretty much everything you'd possibly want to do on your PC. Read more
Published on 10 Aug. 2005
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