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Chapter 11. Working with Disks and Drive... > Secrets of the Windows Masters: Taki...

Secrets of the Windows Masters: Taking Complete Control of Partitions

Any power user who discovers the flexibility of multiple partitions also soon discovers the frustrations of trying to manage partitions with FDISK. This primitive tool doesn't let you do anything more complicated than add or remove partitions; if you want to resize an existing logical drive so you can add another drive letter in an extended partition, FDISK insists that the only way to do so is by backing up all your data, wiping out the old logical drives, creating and formatting new logical drives, and then restoring all your data. All in all, if that only takes a day, you're lucky.

With all due respect to Microsoft, that's nonsense. Windows should include a spiffy graphical tool to help you manage partitions. But until that utility arrives (maybe in Windows 2005?), I recommend the amazing PartitionMagic, from Power Quest software. As Figure 11.7 shows, this $70 program does everything imaginable with partitions, including resizing, moving, adding and deleting, and converting file systems. It supports every version of Windows (including Windows NT and 2000). It's especially valuable for anyone who uses multiple operating systems on a single PC because its Boot Magic utility handles multiple OSs with aplomb.


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