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Power is spelled 5.0!

Some products are simply the best. Find out why Erik Eckel says PartitionMagic 5.0 ranks among the finest money can buy.

Back in its day, the mighty Ford Mustang 5.0 ruled the land. Neither the Corvette, the Camaro, nor any other stock American production car could touch it 0-60.

But I didn’t see the pony car in the recent collection of “100 Things Worth Every Penny You Pay For Them.” Also slighted by the listing—which included Krispy Kremes, Graeter’s Ice Cream, built-in bookshelves and pre-1989 Porsche 911s—was PowerQuest Corp.’s PartitionMagic 5.0. Like the 5.0 Mustang, it embarrasses its competition, and it’s worth every cent you pay for it.

The power and simplicity of PartitionMagic are its two greatest benefits. Easy-to-use wizards and an attractive graphic interface make quick work of complex disk-partitioning tasks.

In addition to sporting features for creating, resizing, merging, and converting partitions, PartitionMagic 5.0 includes several other powerful utilities. BootMagic assists with smooth booting of multiple operating systems, MagicMover moves applications between different partitions, and DriveMapper updates drive-letter references after partitions are added or deleted.

How easy is it to use? Well, so easy that it might hurt your head.

New to PartitionMagic 5.0 are enhanced menus, which better explain available configuration options and the rationale for recommended system changes. These simple menus guide the entire process.

For example, if you want to add a third partition to a drive that has two, clicking on the PartitionMagic executable in the Start menu will bring up the screen shown in Figure B.

Figure B

After selecting Create New Partition, the wizard appears, as shown in Figure C.

Figure C

After clicking Next, you’re prompted to select the new partition’s use, a file system type, and a partition type. You must then specify the location for the new partition, as shown in Figure D.

Figure D

What’s left? Just tell PartitionMagic which partitions you want to pull the space from, specify the new partition’s size and label, and confirm the creation. After doing so, you’ll be presented with the screen shown in Figure E.

Figure E

Once you select to apply and confirm the changes, a pop-up window will track the operation’s progress, as Figure F shows.

Figure F

When it completes, you’re done.

Partitions are easily resized, moved, and converted to other file systems and partition types. Support is included for large drives (up to and beyond 20 GB). Version 5.0 includes complete support for the following files systems:
  • FAT
  • FAT32
  • NTFS
  • HPFS
  • Linux ext2

While PartitionMagic doesn’t support Windows 2000 natively, PowerQuest promises an update soon after the new OS is released. In the interim, use of the utility is supported on the Windows 9x and NT 4.0 Workstation platforms.
Suggested Retail: $69.95Windows 9x requires: Intel 486 DX 33 MHz or higher, 16 MB RAM, 12 MB disk space, 4x or greater CD-ROM, and Windows 95a, 95b, or 98.Windows NT Workstation requires: Intel 486 DX 33 MHz or higher, 16 MB RAM, 12 MB hard disk space, 4x or greater CD-ROM, and Windows NT Workstation 4.0.

Erik Eckel, MCP+I, MCSE, is community editor for TechRepublic’s AdminRepublic.

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