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By mlbraham ·
1. I have an IBM Thinkpad A31p with 60GB HDD;
2. I have an MS X-P OEM OS;
3. IBM has its own embedded system files on the HDD;
4. I wish to partition the HDD for (a) X-P, with separate drives (c;d;e;f), AND (b) for a Linux distribution (probably Mandrake 9.x);
5. As this is a one-time partitioning, Partition Magic's US$ 70.00 is exhorbitant. Is there another reliable partitioning software or work-around?

6. I can try moving all current systems/data files to CDs and possibly use F-disk,but I am concerned about the embedded IBM system files (no recovery CDs are provided).

7. Workable suggestions?

Thank you.

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by dmiles In reply to Partitioning without Magi ...

Check the V-COM Partition Commander,it is not as pricey and works well.
1)www.v-com.com/products/pc_ind.html

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by mlbraham In reply to Partitioning without Magi ...

Thank you, but not so imple, unless you have the answer:
V-COM say:
"You can install Partition Commander 6 from an installed OS such as Windows 95/98/Me or DOS, or you can install if you have a boot diskette from any of these OSes and our CD-ROM (not the electronic download).

Other OSes, such as Windows NT/2000/XP, OS/2, Linux and others do not allow normal access to the disk drive, and will prevent a successful installation if tried (although no harm will occur)."

So, what is the procedure for using an electronic downloaded V-COM on an X-P OS (I am far away in the Himalayas, and there is no point waiting for a CD Box delivery.

Regards,
Mark Braham

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Partitioning without Magi ...

also, for further comfort, i believe if you check out the laptop on ibm's website, you'll find the stuff you need to restore the utility partition...wonder if it's only the 'suspend' file, anyway...

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by mlbraham In reply to Partitioning without Magi ...

I finally had to back up all data files, and re-install the system from an external XP CD and partition as needed while managing to leave the IBM files intact, which could then be loaded to the newly partitioned C drive, leaving me with D, E, and F,for programs, data, and spare accordingly.

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by mlbraham In reply to Partitioning without Magi ...

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