Operating System Boot Utilities
Operating System Boot Utilities
Both OS/2 Dual Boot and System Commander 2.0 and above accommodate boot sector changes made by PartitionMagic. To install System Commander on drives that PartitionMagic has modified, you may need to use System Commander 2.06 or later.
If you have System Commander on your computer, you must configure it so that it does not simultaneously unhide multiple primary partitions. To configure System Commander so that it does not create multiple visible primary partitions, complete these steps for each operating system selection on the System Commander menu:
1. On the Operating System Selection menu, select an operating system.
2. Press <Alt+S>.
3. Click Local Special Options > Primary partitions accessible on drive 0.
A screen appears with three options: All, Auto (the default), and None.
4. Select None.
The other primary partitions will now be hidden when this operating system boots.
5. Repeat steps 1-4 for all operating system selections on the menu.
Virus Protection Software
PartitionMagic modifies the MBR and partitions' boot sectors. Virus protection software should be able to detect that PartitionMagic is changing partition tables and not boot code; however, it is possible that unsophisticated virus protection programs may mistake PartitionMagic's changes as attempts to install a virus. If this occurs, turn off the virus protection program while using PartitionMagic and inform the virus protection software manufacturer of the problem.
Some motherboards contain virus protection software within the BIOS. If this causes a problem when you are running PartitionMagic, disable the BIOS virus protection, and then restart PartitionMagic.
Drive Overlay Software
Drive overlays, such as Ontrack DDO, Microhouse EZ-Drive or Pro-Drive, Maxblast, WD DDO, and Seagate DDO, provide your computer with access to larger disk drives. PartitionMagic is compatible with these programs only if the drive overlay program is loaded before PartitionMagic.
If you boot your computer from a disk, the overlay will not load, and PartitionMagic will not get the correct information from your drive. You can boot from a disk and still load the drive overlay by completing the following:
1. Start your computer as if you were going to boot from the hard disk.
3. The drive overlay information appears with an option of booting from a disk. Select this option and insert the boot disk when prompted.
The DOS drivers for a SoundBlaster Live sound card may conflict with PartitionMagic operations that require going into boot-mode. PowerQuest recommends that you unload the SoundBlaster drivers (by remarking them in your CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files) until after you have finished using PartitionMagic.
If you need to modify partitions on a hard disk that is being monitored by Roxio's GoBack software, you must first disable (turn off) GoBack.
1. From GoBack's main menu, click Options > Disable GoBack.
Before you begin modifying partitions on your hard disk, you must first reboot your computer, then start PartitionMagic. When you are finished making your changes in PartitionMagic, you can re-enable GoBack.