03-07-2012 04:51 AM - edited 03-07-2012 05:47 AM
A number of years ago I purchased Partition Magic 8.0.
It's been a long time since I needed the software but now I do.
When I make to install the software I get a window with
How do I retrieve my serial number?
I searched my hotmail but didn't find it.
I will review backed up mails this evening.
Can I retrieve it online?
03-07-2012 01:44 PM
Be aware that Partition Magic was discontinued before Windows Vista and Windows 7. It does not support the offset alignment that these use and it also has a hard drive size limitation of somewhere around 1.5TB if I remember correctly.
You really shouldn't use it for anything later than Windows XP.
If you need a free alternative you can use this program:
It's free for home use and is very similar to partition magic
03-07-2012 02:16 PM
Go ahead and use it Deric and tell us what happens.
Is that a challenge Dave,
all I did was install it because I was working on Win 8 just to prove a point not that I need to use it at the moment.
When I need to though I will try it on Win 8 and keep you informed,having said that I still use it on Win XP but like you and Brian said be very careful on later O/Ss.
I don't mind trying anything out because I can always recover the pc if I mess up, I have never failed yet.
03-07-2012 02:36 PM
I will probably give it a go tomorrow afternoon and partition the drive that I have Win8 loaded on, I will let you know what happens, If you don't hear anything from me in 24 hours it means I have messed up
It just shows you how thick I am when it comes to knowledge of HDDs (2048 offset partition?)
03-08-2012 06:44 AM
Although PM installed ok it wouldn't perform a drive resize or create a new partition.
Once the parameters are set in PM and a reboot is done, PM gives the message- argument / parameter error and then exit.
It defiantly won't work on Win8 and I suspect it won't work on Win7 or Vista.There was no damage to the drive when I used PM, ran check disk and there were no problems.
As I have said before I have used it with Win XP Pro and created 4 partitions on my multi boot machine, to do that I used the following procedure :-
Prepared the 160 gig Sata drive with Fdisk or Diskpart,
Installed Win XP Pro on the full drive (160 gig)
Installed PM on XP and partitioned the drive into 4 equal partitions
Installed Vista from XP
Installed Win7 from Vista and
Installed Win8 from Win7
If you don't use the above procedure and partition the drive before any O/Ss are installed it won't work out properly or it didn't in my case.