On Wed, 04 Dec 2002 21:59:42 GMT, Knowledge Seeker
>Which Partition/Boot manager is the best??
>I need to rebuild my hard drive. I am primarily a Windows user but
>want to build a triple boot system and include a version of Linux.
>So, I think that I am looking for a Windows-focused product that will
>also support Linux. This is for a home system so I want to keep cost
>down but would like a more elegant and robust product than freeware
>typically provides (and probably need the support of a commercial
>There seem to be several good candidates:
>1. TeraByte Unlimited BootIt
>2. PowerQuest Partition Magic/Boot Magic
>3. V-Com System Commander/Partition Commander
>4. OSL2000 Boot Manager
>5. Paragon Bootmanager/Partition Manager
>Can you point me to a thoroughly detailed comparative review of these
Not familiar with OSL2000 but have tried all the rest and have deleted
all except Bootit NG from TerabyteUnlimited. Of course I want a boot
manager that will let me have more than 4 partitions per drive which
Bootit NG will do. Another nice thing about Bootit NG is it's size.
The complete program, boot manager, partitioning tool, and disk
imaging all fits on one floppy disk making it simple to keep a backup
of the latest version. This also means that you can create a small 8M
partition and install Bootit NG to it's own partition isolating it
from the various OS installations that you make. The one drawback to
Bootit NG for you is that it is agnostic when it comes to an OS. It
doesn't care what you are running, Windows, Linux, UNIX, BEOS, or
whatever so it would fail your Windows focused product criteria.
If you are looking for the best graphical presentation from within XP
then Partition Magic 8 is the winner of this competition but at the
expense of at least 70M of disk space.
If all you are wanting is to triple boot, then any of these will do
the job. I recommend that you look into the support available with
each to decide which one is for you. Bootit NG has it's own newsgroup
on it's own news server that is an excellent source of help for any
partitioning issues you may run into.