On Mon, 5 Jan 2004 14:17:02 -0500, "Paul W. Abrahams" <abrahams(a)acm.org>
I use Acronis
Partition Expert, which understands more formats than I
have heard of. It happily recognises Linux swap parts and Reiser parts.
(As do all the Acronis tools, they install cygwin as part of their main
install which is presumably why they can handle it)
My concern with any of the alternatives to Partition Magic is that they might
run into the same problem as Partition Magic with an existing hard drive:
Linux fdisk thinks it's OK but PM finds its partition table unreadable.
... then maybe you use 30-day eval and test any tool
you feel might work.
I'd end up having bought software that is
useless to me.
...that's what i was saying earlier. you have to decide which
side of the camp is most beneficial for you, then choose the
tool that best fits that camp (Linux, etc).
i thought i was using a tool that would assist me. although i
understand all the low-level partitioning, i want something
that will get me working quickly and with a minimum of fuss.
PM for Linux partitioning does not work, IMO, so i tossed PM.
And, of course, low-level tinkering with partition
can be very, very hazardous, especially if you're not entirely
sure of what you're doing.
true statement. i've done all that; i've done some slicing that
put me on the edge of the seat - try resizing a partition with
a filesystem *IN PLACE* :) talk about a nervous breakdown!
To add to the unpleasantness of my situation: the
drive in question is an
80GB-er about 65% full, so backing it up completely and rebuilding it isn't
... i'd go buy another drive and back it up!!!!
But nevertheless I'll ask the question: can
anyone point me to a definitive
standard for partition tables?
... that's the prob - there is NO standard. although the information
about drives and how they're sliced, there are many other variables
at work which complicates matters. and each vendor is free to
interpret how THEY want to deal with a drive and partitioning it.
I don't mind what Congress does, as long as they don't do
it in the streets and frighten the horses. - Victor Hugo