What is PartitionMagic?

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The computer is 3 years old.It suddenly took 5 minutes to boot up.When processing (only one program open) it seemed to process for a couple of seconds then stop for 15 seconds.I checked the CPU usage and evey 15 seconds or so it would leap to 100% usage and then back to 2-3%.To make matters worse , it happened periodically.I decided to try a defrag, not that there was much to defrag when I noticed the partioned drived were nearly half full, but what with?Fruitless attempts at freeing up disk space led me to believe that when two previous system recover procedures had been carried out it seems to have duplicated itself.I now seem to have four versions of XP home editions to choose from at start up.The disk is partitioned as standard ie Boot, backup and recover.All are nearly half full.How can I trash all this and start again?

Answer

This question was answered on May 27, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

If for some strange reason your hard drive has 4 partitions then you will most likely need to run PartitionMagic to re-partition your hard drive It's actually a great utility that allows you to run 2 totally separate operating systems on one hard disk It is also the exact utility necessary for this problem PartitionMagic basically leaves you in control of your hard drive and allows you to manage and allocate space according to your requirements Running 2 operating systems is just another option you have with PartitionMagic You mentioned that when your computer starts, it gives you 4 options to choose from, so that gives me reason enough to believe that some how your hard drive has 4 partitions You can actually download PartitionMagic online at www.softpedia.com or purchase the software at any major computer store PartitionMagic does come with a price though, it will run you about 60-70 dollars Good Luck !!

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Posted by Sarwer of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on May 27, 2004