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Norton (PowerQuest) Partition Magic 8 Introduction and FAQ

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Norton Partition Magic 8 Review

Partition Magic 8 is a utility for hard disk partition management originally released by PowerQuest Corporation in 2002. However, Symantec owned it on December 5, 2003 and renamed Norton Partition Magic.


Advantages: Compared with its previous versions, Norton Partition Magic 8 brings new features and delivers better performance. The new interface makes Partition Magic easy to manage. It enables ability to resize clusters on NTFS partitions and management of partitions up to 300 GB. At the same time, the enhanced BootMagic can be installed on a FAT or FAT32 partition on any hard disk and new added PQBoot allows you to boot into an alternate operating system from Windows. The two Wizards of Create Backup Partition and Installing another Operating System make it possible to securely carry out operations of any complexity.

Disadvantages: Either compatibility issue or error message is one big headache. Since Symantec purchased Partition Magic 8, it hasn't been updated in years. As a result, the Norton Partition Magic 8 is merely compatible with Windows NT, 95/98, ME, 2000, and XP desktop editions, but is incompatible with Windows 2000, 2003, 2008 Server editions, let alone the latest Windows Vista or Windows 7. Besides, according to users’ feedbacks, one may encounter various error messages when using Norton Partition Magic 8, such as Init failed: Error 117, Partition's drive letter cannot be identified, etc.

Summary: Norton Partition Magic is a computer tool that enables the ability to rapidly and simply create, delete, resize, split and merge partitions without data loss. Besides, Partition Magic helps you easily realize multiple operating systems and change file systems. With the help of Partition Magic, you will find hard disk partitioning and data security is under control.

Norton Partition Magic 8 Related Questions

The followings are frequently asked questions when using Partition Magic 8:

Can I use Partition Magic 8 in Windows Server OS?

Norton Partition Magic can not be used in server environments or Windows Server Operating Systems. It is compatible with Windows NT, 95/98, ME, 2000, and XP desktop editions only. Latest Partition Magic Server software - Partition Assistant Server Edition is especially designed for Windows Server users.

Does Partition Magic 8 support dynamic disk?

No version of Partition Magic will recognise a dynamic disk. To manage dynamic disk, you need to use Dynamic Disk Manager.

Will Partition Magic 8 convert NTFS to FAT32 without losing data?

Yes, make sure that your operating system supports the file system before you perform the conversion. When you convert from NTFS to a FAT or FAT32 file system, you lose the advantages of the NTFS file system.

How do I handle Partition Magic error 117?

Try to run Partition Magic from DOS so that it does not need to be able to find the drive letter for each partition.

Where can I purchase Norton Partition Magic 8?

Due to changing consumer usage trends and Symantec’s desire to offer the highest quality and most innovative solutions for the latest operating systems, Symantec has discontinued Norton Partition Magic 8.0.

More FAQs will be updated, please pay your close attention to www.partition-magic.org

Norton Partition Magic 8 alternatives

Since Norton Partition Magic 8 can not run in most of the latest operating systems and Symantec has discontinued Norton Partition Magic 8, you need a replacement for Partition Magic 8 - Partition Assistant.

For Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Windows 7 (SP1 included), Vista, XP, 2000

Pro Edition - fully supports both 32-bit & 64-bit systems and designed for home and home office users.

For Windows Server users who only administer a single server

Server Edition - ALL-IN-ONE magic server partition manager and disk management tool work well in Windows Server 2000, 2003, 2008, Windows Home Server 2011, and Windows Small Business Server 2003, 2008, 2011.

For all sizes of Enterprise, Colleges, and Organizations, etc.

Unlimited Edition - it is exactly the same as Server Edition, but it allows unlimited usage within one company to save time and money.

For technical service providers or large distributed groups in multiple locations

Technician Edition - it is designed for IT professionals, technicians and consultants to offer technical services to help their clients, or system administrators to manage multiple servers in multiple locations.

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