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    Notebooks: Divided we stand, united we fall!

    I've heard that some/all notebooks are shipped with only a single logical drive on the hard drive.

    Has that been your experience?

    I would guess that repartitioning the drive might void the warranty.

    Do any notebooks offer the option of multiple partitions when purchased?

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    Re: Notebooks: Divided we stand, united we fall!

    Why would you want multiple partitions? Multiple drives maybe...

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    Re: Notebooks: Divided we stand, united we fall!

    Multiple logical, not physical, drives.

    Essential for multiboot systems and organizing files more easily.

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    Re: Notebooks: Divided we stand, united we fall!

    The one ting you need to be aware of, some will use a hidden Drive for the "OEM Restore" files.
    When doing a partitioning this drive may get clobbered.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Notebooks: Divided we stand, united we fall!

    I am aware of that.

    Tried to call Partition Magic to get more info, but it appears that I need to first replace te batteries in my headset amplifier, so they can hear me.

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    Re: Notebooks: Divided we stand, united we fall!

    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

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    Re: Notebooks: Divided we stand, united we fall!

    Whilst the batteries may have indeed been the problem the first time I called Partition Magic, the real problem is that Partition Magic has outsources tech support to India.

    Not only can they not speak/understand English, they are technically inept.

    I started out with a very simple question.
    Took four ever for the guy to even understand th equestion.
    Then he put me on hold for a very long time whilst he researched the answer.

    The question was the extremely difficult "What's the largest drive that Partition Magic can work with/", I asked because I had seen something that indicated that there was a limit of 80GB,

    I dared not proceed to ask the more difficult questions.

    He claimed to be having difficulty hearing me, even after I replaced the batteries.
    I suspect that this was a phone line problem getting to India.

    I called Hello Direct and they confirmed that the sound was fine.

    Earlier this week, I found that Linksys had also outsourced its tech support, tho I've heard it was to the Philipines, sounded more like India.
    They too were awful.

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    Re: Notebooks: Divided we stand, united we fall!

    That's because Partition Magic is now owned by Symantec - and their tech support has always been lousy - now it is worse.

    Those hidden partitions are tricky - and hard to get rid of. But they are not very big either so you will not recover much space. The point to remember is that unless you received full OEM OS install disks with your system, you will have to access that partition to reinstall OS, should you need to do that.
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    Re: Notebooks: Divided we stand, united we fall!

    I won't get a system that does not include the needed software on CD,

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    Re: Notebooks: Divided we stand, united we fall!

    Good luck, not only in DOING it but in getting a straight answer about the it from the reps you might talk to about the topic! I HOPE you'll let us know what the "final score" is if and when you make the purchase!

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    Re: Notebooks: Divided we stand, united we fall!

    Agreed!
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    Re: Notebooks: Divided we stand, united we fall!

    Hearing the answer I want to hear is one thing.
    Getting the notebook so configured is quite another.

    Indeed, the reasion I purchased a Micron system back in July 1998 was that Dell refused to sell me an all SCSI Win 98 system, only if I purchased an NT system.
    Gateway was unclear whether I could what I wanted.
    Micron was the only one advertising an all SCSI Win 98 system.

    So, I likely will not rely on what the sales reps tell me, I'll want it in writin, preferable if it is at their web sit as a configuration choice.

    I'll try to remember to let folkes know.

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