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Partition problem
pmarko Nov-05-01 04:38 PM
Is it possible to partition a drive and not to lose any data?
Can it be done with partition magic? and what version?

2. RE: Partition problem
lbyard Nov-05-01 06:44 PM
In response to message 0
Data will be lost if the partition on which it resides is removed, and it will be extremely difficult to recover any of it. It is rather easy to make mistake and remove the wrong partition, one with data on it that has not been backed-up, when working on disk drives with multiple partitions, and especially when working with more than one hard disk drive at a time. It is possible to create a partition on a disk drive when another partition with data is present without destroying the data, but it is very risky and I would not recommend doing it without first backing up the data. People, including myself, who are well versed with partitioning software, etc. have destroyed data attempting it. It is possible to shrink a partition that occupies all of one drive and add another one, if there is unused disk space to do it. It is possible to do it with PowerQuest's Partition Magic (http://www.powerquest.com/partitionmagic/). I have version 3.0. Other programs may be able to do it, or subsets of it, and may cost less... such as the Acronis OSSelector (http://www.acronis.com/products/oss50/list.html), Paragonís Partition Manager (http://www.partition-manager.com/n_pm_main.htm), and Norton's Ghost (http://www.symantec.com/region/au_nz/product/ghost/). Also, there may be other programs of this nature available from various download web sites such as download.com (http://download.cnet.com/downloads/0,10151,0-10094-106-0-1-0,00.html?tag=st.d). Western Digitalís Lifeguard (http://duxcw.com/digest/Fromshop/diags/wddiag.htm) is capable of doing a simple image transfer. Larry

3. RE: Partition problem
pmarko Nov-05-01 09:36 PM
In response to message 2
My friend complained me that he turned off his computer and after a while when he plug it on it reported non system disk or such.
I recommended him to boot the system with the WIN98 start-up
floppy,and everything went well (first time).
Second time when he tried to boot from floppy system reported that there is no C drive etc...
I know that with plain FDISK he could make new partition but what with the DATA?!
What is the very extremely way to retain data?
I have Partition Magic 4 (dos version which is very good and it helped me a lot in the past).

5. RE: Partition problem
lbyard Nov-05-01 09:54 PM
In response to message 3
You can't fdisk a drive unless the computer BIOS sees the drive. fdisk will destroy data on the drive. The first step is to get at the drive. Then back it up before trying to fix it. Don't put the cart before the horse. This problem should be worked with the person with the computer or the computer should be with the person who is in contact with me, not third hand. Larry

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