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Rules for runing partitiom magic

How can I run the partition magic 8.5 to partion a WD 320GB HDD to 5 partions of 60GB
when i boot the system with hiern bootable CD it shoes the partion disc utilities, I choose 1 for partition magic then a list menu appears with many qusetions related the cd and dvd and hard disc types, and 1394XXX , i need some help to know what are these codes for? which one i choose for yes or no .
I recently got a dell 1535 and want to partition the hard disk. Vista home premuim is the O.S
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    Bob May 11, 2010

    Windows will only let you have 4 partitions...maybe that's your problem?


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There is a work around, but you will have to become familiar with Linux Ubuntu. Vista is not friendly when it comes to partitions. 4 primary partitions is all one is going to get.

However, if you download the Ubuntu live cd (just google for it), it will come with a progam called Gparted. Gparted basically is the same as Partion Magic, as far as what it does. You'll need to study the Ubuntu help pages to learn how to use it.

Once you learn how to use it, you can use it to create 3 primary Windows partitions, a Linux(Ubuntu) partition and a linux swap partition ( it's same as a Windows page file, except the page file is on the Windows partition, and not on a partition by itself).

Once you've partitioned your drive with Gparted, you can install 3 flavors of Windows on the primary partitions and Ubuntu on the rest, or whatever it was that you wanted to do.

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    Bob Feb 05, 2009

    Sorry, my post had a typo, using Gparted you will be able to create 4 primary partitions for Windows and the fifth partition for Linux. Linux will recognize all of the partitions that you create. Windows will not even recognize the Linux partitions.

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    Bob Feb 21, 2009

    Thanks for the negative feedback and taking the time to vote.


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Thanks for the respone

I have been informed by the VISTAHEAD admin. that vista can not be partitioned by more than 4 parts.
I used the shrink function available in the Vista computer manger , rename the DVD drive label, and labeling the new partitions, then format them as NTFS, then reboot twise for taking the configuration setup and every thing is o.K. without the need for the partition magic.
Now i have only 4 patitions. But didn't know why is this limit?
Beside that i read that the partition magic v8.0 cannt partiton the vista O.S main drive.



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