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Kudos0

PartitionMagic and Vista

I have been using PartitionMagic for years.  It is the best utility for non-destructively manage partitions.  While Vista includes a very basic partition management utility, it does not come close to PartitionMagic.  I encourage Symantec to upgrade PM as soon as possible to make it Vista compatible.

Pat

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Kudos0

Re: PartitionMagic and Vista

I have been using PartitionMagic for years.  It is the best utility for non-destructively manage partitions.  While Vista includes a very basic partition management utility, it does not come close to PartitionMagic.  I encourage Symantec to upgrade PM as soon as possible to make it Vista compatible.

Pat

Kudos0

Re: PartitionMagic and Vista

I agree on this one. It was a bit outdated. But I guess Symantec has been too busy with other great products
"All that we are is the result of what we have thought"
Kudos0

Re: PartitionMagic and Vista

I agree!!! Please make PM Vista compatible.  I am willing to  help test it as well!!!
Kudos0

Re: PartitionMagic and Vista

PartitonMagic has been a very useful tool for me and is a good program, it is a disappointment that Symantec has not made it a Vista compatible, but I hope that it will be.
Windows 10 Pro, 64bit
Kudos0

Re: PartitionMagic and Vista

Unfortunately, there are no plans to update Partition Magic for compatibility with Windows Vista. I apologize for this inconvenience.
Tony Weiss | Norton Forums Global Community Manager | Symantec Corporation
Kudos0

Re: PartitionMagic and Vista

If Symantec doesn't intend to update and maintain PartitionMagic, why did they buy it from PowerQuest in the first place?  It is a unique product.  Acronis Disk Director is the only other software that has a similar capability.  There is definitely a market for it.

Pat

Kudos0

Re: PartitionMagic and Vista

I guess Symantec has seen that there is a small market with a lot of competitors. So they are paying more attention to their security products
"All that we are is the result of what we have thought"
Kudos0

Re: PartitionMagic and Vista

Hi, 

thats a normal Software-Way. Sometime every software reach it's end of life (EOL). That's pity but how should they handle this. You need to much staff to support a single software like Partition Magic . You need german supporter, english, developers and so on. It's too expensive. I don't know if Symantec decide to continue developement on Partition Magic to offer new versions or perhaps they decide to use the know-how in their own applications or perhaps they decide to shut down all work with Partition Magic. Symantec was and is a security corporate. This is their main line.

Cheerio

Lars  

Life is like an adventure- stupid story but fantastic graphics.Earlier we flew to the moon with a Commodore 64 Computer.....today we need a pentium pc to start Windows ;-)
Kudos0

Re: PartitionMagic and Vista


HorstL wrote:

Hi, 

thats a normal Software-Way. Sometime every software reach it's end of life (EOL). That's pity but how should they handle this. You need to much staff to support a single software like Partition Magic . You need german supporter, english, developers and so on. It's too expensive. I don't know if Symantec decide to continue developement on Partition Magic to offer new versions or perhaps they decide to use the know-how in their own applications or perhaps they decide to shut down all work with Partition Magic. Symantec was and is a security corporate. This is their main line.

Cheerio

Lars  


TrueAnd there are several good alternatives around
"All that we are is the result of what we have thought"
Kudos0

Re: PartitionMagic and Vista

I decided to try out and had no problems. Version 8. This is a Symantec product now?
Kudos0

Re: PartitionMagic and Vista

yes indeed.

You like it?

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought"
Kudos0

Re: PartitionMagic and Vista

Symantec bought PowerQuest some time ago..PartitionMagic has been a part of my toolbox for years.  Unfortunately, it does not support Vista.

Pat

Kudos0

Re: PartitionMagic and Vista

Just as an FYI, you might want to investigate the use of Dynamic Disks and Volumes in the future. Although the link is to a Windows XP page they are also supported on Windows Vista. One of the interesting features of these "partitions" is that they can be resized.

Unfortunately, this doesn't serve as a replacement for PartitionMagic on Vista but may help mitigate the need for it in the future.

Message Edited by reese_anschultz on 04-09-2008 01:37 PM
Reese AnschultzSenior Software Quality Assurance Manager, Symantec Corporation
Kudos0

Re: PartitionMagic and Vista

Dynamic Disks and Volumes are a way to create / delete partitions as is the disk management tool that comes wth Vista.  The big difference is that when you utlilize these tools, any data on a existing partition is erased.  PartitionMagic allows you to modify a partition without losing your data.

Pat

Kudos0

Re: PartitionMagic and Vista

Thanks for the additional information, Pat. I haven't used the dynamic disks and volumes myself but I had been led to believe that you could resize them without losing your content. PartionMagic definately sounds like a better solution then.
Reese AnschultzSenior Software Quality Assurance Manager, Symantec Corporation
Kudos0

Re: PartitionMagic and Vista

Reese:

I have been installing and maintaining computers for close to 20 years.  There are certain utilities that are "must have" to maintain my sanity and to make the difficult easy.  PartitionMagic is one of the winners.  The only other product I have found that will do the same job is sold by Acronis.  Powerquest made some great products.   Drive Copy and Drive Image were also very useful products.  Some of their functionality is included in PartitionMagic.

One example....  Some PCs are delivered with a hidden partition for recovery purposes.  There have been reports that at least one foreign manufacturer (to remain unnamed for legal reasons) has installed, in addition to the recovery files, a module that will communicate with the manufacturer when that PC is connect to the 'net.  They claim it is purely for customer support purposes.  True, not true?  Don't know.  That said, how do you remove that partition and regain the disk space while saving the data already installed on your visible partition?  Surely not using any Microsoft function.  PartitionMagic...install, run, delete the hidden partition, resize the primary partition and you are done.  Basically point and shoot!!  You choose all the actions you want PM to complete and press go.  Everything else is automatic.

Pat

Pat

Kudos0

Re: PartitionMagic and Vista


Tony_Weiss wrote:
Unfortunately, there are no plans to update Partition Magic for compatibility with Windows Vista. I apologize for this inconvenience.
Could we have a little more background on why Norton is washing it's hands of the only tool in its armoury that resizes partitions as easy as Partition Magic?I have eventually moved to Vista and did not realize that Norton had dropped the Partition Magic ball  
Urrell
Kudos0

Re: PartitionMagic and Vista

If it weren't for the fact that Symantec terminated Partition Magic, I'd feel badly about recommending another company's product here.  That said, I had good results with Paragon's Partition Manager.  It has been updated to Vista-compatible in v9; I have not had need for the product yet, but wouldn't hesitate to use it if the need arises.  http://www.paragon-software.com/

Kudos0

Re: PartitionMagic and Vista

I tried Vista's native "shrink volume" feature. My Vista machine had a single 500 GB paritition. The native shrink feature would only shrink it to 250 GB. I read somewhere that this is because there is some system structure that Vista places in the middle of the partition and that "shrink volume" doesn't know how to move.

So I bought Acronis Disk Director and shrunk my system partition to 60 GB. The bad news for Symantec is that, having driven a PartitionMagic customer into a competitor's arms, they have also lost a Ghost customer to the same competitor...

Kudos0

Re: PartitionMagic and Vista

I totally agree.  Once I found out the PartitionMagic was not Vista friendly, I too went to the Acronis tools.  They work great but I really wish Symantec would update PartitionMagic.

Pat

Kudos0

Re: PartitionMagic and Vista

So what will become of my established drives and content on those drives when I upgrade to vista?
Kudos0

Re: PartitionMagic and Vista

No upgrade to a new operating system is without risk, but if the upgrade works properly, you have have everything you had before.  That said, be sure to make a backup of all your critical data and be sure to have the original install disks for all your applications just in case.  Also do some research re your existing applications; some may require an upgrade or patch to be Vista compatible.

Being a bit of a geek, I am usually one of the first to upgrade to something new even if I don't need it.  Vista has a few nice bells and whistles but it is a hardware hog.  I run a Core 2 Duo E6600 with 4 GB RAM.  I don't see much of a difference in speed but I did turn off some of the fancy graphics.

I just bought a new Sony laptop which came with Vista Business.  It was annoyingly slow until I turned off the extra graphics stuff.  For a mid-speed system, unless you have a specific need to upgrade to Vista, I would stick for XP for a while.

Pat

Kudos0

Re: PartitionMagic and Vista

I have two drives, one which I have Xp on and most of my programs but I can reinstall them it will just take some time. But my second drive is a 1.5TB which contains all my data, music, videos, pictures, and other data that I have been collecting for years. I don't want to install Vista and it not be able to read my data drive which has also beenpartitioned with PM.
Kudos0

Re: PartitionMagic and Vista

The fact that it was partitioned with PartitionMagic should not matter.  As long as it is a standard extended drive, you should not have a problem.

You might also consider buying an inexpensive additional hard drive and put it in an external housing and do a back up.

Pat

Kudos0

Re: PartitionMagic and Vista

Although I'm not a programmer, I can't see why it would be difficult to upgrade or patch Partition Magic to fully support Vista. I know for a fact, that you shouldn't use Partition Magic under Vista X64 on a Raid-0 partition - that will seriosly destroy the partition.

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