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PartitionMagic 6.0 Adds Native Windows 2000 Professional, Windows Me Support, Ability to Split, Undelete Partitions

Improved Windows tree-view interface, multiple disk view in PowerQuest's new version of PartitionMagic add simplicity, familiarity for Windows users

OREM, Utah - Oct. 18, 2000 - PowerQuest® Corporation, a provider of proven solutions for storage management, announces the release of PartitionMagic® 6.0, the latest version of PowerQuest’s award-winning partitioning solution to create, resize, move, split, delete, undelete and merge partitions on a hard drive without destroying data. Version 6.0 adds native support for both Windows 2000® Professional and Windows® Millennium Edition, with the advantage of an enhanced interface and functionality for even greater efficiency. The ability to split FAT and FAT32 partitions and undelete FAT, FAT32, Linux ext2 and NTFS partitions that have been previously deleted also is included.

Entrepreneur Lonna Evans, owner of Over The Edge, a company that builds Web sites, has this to say about PartitionMagic: "PartitionMagic 6.0 is a much-needed lifesaver. It is difficult to find software that works with either Windows 2000 or Windows Millennium, let alone both. The visual interface also provides an atmosphere similar to Windows, making it easy to navigate."

The new user interface includes a multiple disk map shown on a single screen, color-coded to indicate file system type, with an expanded color key at the base. Also new is a tree view user interface on the left side of the GUI, which displays hard drives and their associated partitions. This gives a Windows Explorer-type organization for ease of use, greater organization and a familiar setting.

New to PartitionMagic 6.0
PartitionMagic now allows users to split FAT and FAT32 partitions by selecting root files and folders that will be in the new partition. Also, users now will be able to undelete FAT, FAT32, Linux ext2 and NTFS partitions that have been deleted. This feature enables users to restore partitions that have been deleted on disk as long as the space has not been reallocated or written over.

The new interface includes color keys to indicate file system type, indicators for the 2 GB boot boundary and 1024-cylinder boundary, and used and unused space indicators within partitions.

The new "Copy Partition" wizard guides the user through the process of copying partitions with the help of simple, step-by-step guides, making partitioning tasks safe and easy. If the copied partition is larger than the space on the new location, the wizard will take space from other partitions on the drive to provide additional space. The function of dragging and dropping while copying and moving a partition also is added. The user also can password protect PartitionMagic, requiring a password to be entered before launching PartitionMagic.

The professional version, PartitionMagic Pro 6.0, now includes across-the-wire functionality, allowing the user to copy or move partitions to or from a remote machine using a TCP/IP network. This is an efficient way to preserve data while upgrading user machines. The ability to shred partitions has been added, which overwrites the existing data in a partition so that it cannot be recovered, enabling users to securely delete partitions. This feature provides full security, making data recovery impossible when retiring PCs. Also, PartitionMagic Pro can convert FAT32 to NTFS under Windows 2000 only.

Other Key Features
Key features remaining from previous versions of PartitionMagic include:

  • BootMagic, a powerful boot management tool with password protection for safe, effortless switching between multiple operating systems, using a graphical interface with full mouse support.

  • Converting to and from FAT, FAT32 and NTFS, including the ability to convert between file systems without losing data. Also includes support for ext2 and Linux SWAP file systems.

  • Cluster Analyzer, which offers options on cluster resizing and recommends solutions, so users don’t have to guess.

  • Wizard functionality, which guides users through partitioning tasks with the help of simple, step-by-step guides, with batch and execute commands.

  • DriveMapper, which updates drive letter references after adding or deleting partition(s).

Product System Requirements
Intel 486DX or higher (150 Pentium or compatible for Windows Millennium Edition, 133 Pentium or compatible for Windows 2000 Professional); 32 MB RAM (64 MB for Windows 2000 Professional); 50 MB free hard-disk space; Windows 95, 98, Windows NT 4.0 (SP 4+) Workstation, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000 Professional, or DOS (5.0 or later); VGA or higher video support; 3.5 inch diskette and CD-ROM.

Pricing and Availability
PartitionMagic 6.0 will be available in early November for a suggested retail price of U.S. $69.95, or $29.95 for the upgrade. Languages supported include English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Chinese Traditional and Chinese Simplified. Users may purchase the product through computer retail stores or via download from PowerQuest’s Web site at and find more information about PartitionMagic at PartitionMagic Pro 6.0 will be available through PowerQuest’s global license program only.

About PowerQuest
PowerQuest Corporation is a global provider of automated deployment and recovery solutions for corporations and individual users. Based on the company's Virtual Volume Imaging (V2i) technology and Active State Management (ASM) architecture, PowerQuest products and services simplify the management of storage throughout the technology lifecycle. PowerQuest products are available directly from the company and throughout a network of partners in more than 34 countries.

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