First, my apologies if this has been covered. My search for Partition Magic 8 yielded 66 results and over a 1000 posts to wade through.
Soooo... I thought I'd post again and hope for the best.
I've had been using Partition Magic 7 on my old laptop. It had a floppy drive. My new laptop boots from the CD with no "A" drive so I purchased Symantec's Partition Magic 8. With it, even the "Quick Start Guide" says you don't need floppies. You can boot from the CD.
The problem? Neither the "Quick Start Guide" or the 139 page "User's Manual" give instructions on how to launch "Partition Magic" from the CD.
I bought my first computer in '98 and never learned DOS. The /? prompt yields commands with no explanation as to what they do.
When I boot from the CD I get the following screen...
"You booted from the Symantec Bootable CD.
The A: drive is the bootable portion of this CD. You can access DOS and Symantec troubleshooting Utilities from A: drive.
The main Symantec utilities and programs are in y: drive. (Who has a Y drive??? Fish.)
If you did not mean to boot from this CD, please eject it and reboot your system.
1. Norton Partition Magic
2. Boot Magic
Then the computer boots to Dos. Every attempt to launch Partiton Magic 8 results in a: "Command or filename not recognized." response.
I even tried making rescue dics on an external floppy and copying the files to CD without success. When I try to apply changes in "Boot mode" from windows, the operation will complete 99% and give me a 302 error message (the file could not be created) which isn't even in the book. The closest is 602. When I reopen Partition Magic, it shows the changes have been made. They haven't. I know because a failed installation of "Boot Magic" rendered my computer unbootable.
Restoring disks C and D with Drive Image 7 did not correct the problem and I had to reinstall XP Pro on C to get the computer to boot.
Can anyone tell me how to launch Partition Magic 8 from the CD? Should I demand a refund and use Partition Commannder instead? Any help would be appreciated. I refuse to pay Symantec $30 for information that should have been included with the product.
Even Microsoft has free online help. Sheesh!!! Thanks in advance!