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Multiple Operating Systems requires multiple partitions

by troruud / May 4, 2006 10:31 PM PDT

Since you ask: "Why more than 1 partition?" I think it should be pointed out that having several Operating Systems on the same machine usually requires multiple partitions.

For support reasons I have 4 different systems on my machine:
1. Win98SE
2. Win2000
3. WinXP
4. Linux
and Linux, can't use the FAT32/NTFS file system of Windows, so my systems require at least 2 different partitions, But for organizanional reasons I have over 20 partitions (spread over 3 harddisks with around 400 GB total)
I have used Partition Magic ever since it first appeared as a cheap shareware utility from Powerquest around 1996, and can confirm that it is a very stable program, that has caused me few problems. But the price has become a bit stiff after Symantec bought it from Powerquest - and they don't seem to put much effort into maintaing and developing it, compared to what I got used to from the "inventor", Powerquest.
But there are other, cheaper partition managers out there also. Such as "PARTITION MANAGER 2005"($29) (http://www.7tools.de/pm/index.htm), I have never tried that one though.

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