Partition Magic - Partition Manager Software

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To create a partition

  • The steps outlined below are for a single hard disk, single partition system. If you have a different configuration, the exact process and available options may differ slightly. For examples of creating partitions on more complex systems, see the scenarios listed under About Create.

    1. Select a disk.
    2. Select a block of unallocated space on the disk map or in the partition list.
    If no unallocated space exists, you must resize or delete an existing partition to create unallocated space.
    3. Click Partition > Create.
    The current size of the partition is shown on a disk map at the top of the dialog box. The map also depicts the used and unused space within the partition and the free space surrounding the partition (if any exists). The minimum and maximum sizes that you can resize a partition appears below the map.
    4. Click Logical Partition or Primary Partition.
    If you select Logical Partition, PartitionMagic automatically creates an extended partition to enclose the logical partition. Or, if you already have an extended partition, PartitionMagic resizes the extended partition larger to encompass the logical partition (the free space must be inside of or adjacent to the extended partition).
    If Logical Partition is unavailable, you may already have four primary partitions on the hard disk. Or, if you have an extended partition, you may not have selected a block of free space inside of or adjacent to the extended partition.
    If you are installing an operating system on the partition, it must be a primary partition.
    5. Select the file system type you want from the Partition Type drop-down list.

    • The most common file system type. It is used by DOS, and Windows 3.x/95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP.
    • Used by Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2, Windows 98, and Windows 2000/XP.
    • Used by Windows NT/2000/XP.
    • Linux Ext2, Ext3, or Linux Swap
    • Used only by Linux.
    • Extended
    • Creates an extended partition, which can contain any number of logical partitions. Extended is not an option if the hard disk already contains an extended partition or four primary partitions.
    • Formatted
    • Creates unformatted free space on your hard drive.

    6 (optional) Type a label (up to 11 alphanumeric characters for FAT/FAT32 or 32 for NTFS) for the new partition in the Label text box.
    A descriptive label can help remind you what is stored in the partition (for example, DATA, APPS, WIN95, and so forth).
    7 Specify the size of the new partition in the Size text box.
    PartitionMagic automatically calculates a recommended size (based on the most efficient use of disk space), which you can accept or change.
    8 Click Beginning of unallocated space or End of unallocated space.
    If the size you specified for the new partition is smaller than the available unallocated space, you can position the partition at the beginning or the end of the unallocated space. Usually, it is best to position the partition at the beginning of the unallocated space.
    9 Note the drive letter that will be assigned to the new partition after you reboot your machine. Or, if you are running Windows NT, specify the drive letter you want to assign the partition, in the Drive Letter text box.
    Under Windows 9x or Windows Me, a new primary partition will automatically be hidden and will not be assigned as drive letter because these operating systems cannot handle multiple, visible primary partitions.
    10 Click OK.

    A. If you created a new primary partition, follow this general process to install an operating system on it:
    1 Make the partition active (click See Also on the Help toolbar for more information).
    2 Close all programs and reboot the computer using an operating system installation disk.
    3 Install the operating system. See your operating system documentation for specific details.
    4 Add the operating system to your BootMagic Menu so that you can select the operating system you want to boot. For more information, click See Also on the Help toolbar.
    B. PowerQuest recommends running DriveMapper when you are prompted. Creating a partition can make your drive letters change, causing applications not to run because application shortcuts, initialization files, and registry entries refer to incorrect drives. DriveMapper, a utility included with PartitionMagic, helps you easily update drive letter references. Under some conditions, DriveMapper runs automatically after you delete a partition.
    C. If your system includes SCSI disks and you create a partition before a bootable Linux partition, Linux may no longer be bootable. In this situation, you may need to create rescue disks, boot from the rescue disks, and repair the Linux boot information on the Linux partition.

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