Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 20th May 2005 20:04 UTC, submitted by Andy McLaughlin
OSNews, Generic OSes Partition Logic is a standalone graphical partitioning tool that boots from a single floppy disk or CD, intended to become a free-software alternative to certain well-known proprietary offerings. It's also an experiment in finding ways that a hobby OS (Visopsys) can be made useful/interesting to the sort of people who don't read OSNews. Release announcement here and download page here.
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great job
by lv on Fri 20th May 2005 20:20 UTC

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Anyone tried it?
by Bobthearch on Fri 20th May 2005 20:42 UTC

Anyone vouch for it's reliability? As trustworthy as Ranish? Nothing sucks worse than overlapping partitions...

-Bob

Looks like a good start.
by Rich Steiner on Fri 20th May 2005 21:08 UTC

the lack of SCSI support kills it for me, though. I only have one system with non-SCSI disks (and seven that use SCSI).

Oh brother...
by Rick James on Fri 20th May 2005 22:14 UTC

Anyone vouch for it's reliability? As trustworthy as Ranish? Nothing sucks worse than overlapping partitions...
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Partition Logic is a *JOKE*. But it has a *REAL PRETTY GUI* which makes the software usability crowd go all starry-eyed like they do in various Anime shows.(Snicker).


If you need hard dive partitioning tools, take a look at the software on the various Linux-Based rescue CD's and Floppy disks. They'll pretty much work with any harddrive and OS you could throw at them.



Re: Oh brother...
by Tim on Fri 20th May 2005 23:35 UTC

> But it has a *REAL PRETTY GUI*

Not IMO. They need to give their fonts and widgets a good workover.

Worse than motif.

Re: Oh brother...
by Carbon64 on Fri 20th May 2005 23:46 UTC

Do you have some input to share with us why it is a joke? I am not demeaning you I just really want to know. I hope it is not just because it has a GUI because that would be silly.

"Partition Logic"....
by Roedhatte on Fri 20th May 2005 23:58 UTC

Hang on, here comes another lawsuit.....

ntfs
by Anonymous on Sat 21st May 2005 00:06 UTC

Can it resize ntfs partitions?

re: Oh brother...
by hobgoblin on Sat 21st May 2005 00:07 UTC

except maybe ntfs. systemrescuecd: http://www.sysresccd.org/ have a problem when it trys to mirror/ghost ntfs partition...

re: ntfs
by Anonymous on Sat 21st May 2005 00:08 UTC

I'll reply to myself - I guess not, it doesn't support resizing partitions at all.

The file is containing a virus
by Nico3d3 on Sat 21st May 2005 05:49 UTC

I began to download the file from this place: http://visopsys.org/files/partlogic/partlogic-0.55-iso.zip and my antivirus (NOD32) detected a virus called TSR.Boot in it...

be nice
by Evert on Sat 21st May 2005 06:34 UTC

hey, this is looking like a nice tool stil in development. don't be too hard to the developer ;-)

personally i mostly use ranisch, (c)fdisk and pcopy, and the ntfs tools of course - no need for gui slowness. but some people do. a replacement for ghost would be great. can is compress disk images?

RE: Oh brother...
by anonymous on Sat 21st May 2005 12:45 UTC

If you need hard dive partitioning tools, take a look at the software on the various Linux-Based rescue CD's and Floppy disks. They'll pretty much work with any harddrive and OS you could throw at them.

It's a good thing that when Linux and Ranish were in earlier stages of development, Linus and the others didn't get discouraged by chimps like you. I suppose in 1995 you would've been saying, "Linux is a joke, we already have Windows 3.1"

Clown.

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by mjb on Sat 21st May 2005 13:11 UTC

wallpaper background for a partitioning tool?

re This file is containing a virus
by CdBee on Sat 21st May 2005 13:12 UTC

Possibly a false positive? Could be a file with a siilar hash perhaps.

I downloaded it and checked with AVG and it found nothing

re: we already have that, it's called PartImage
by hobgoblin on Sat 21st May 2005 14:21 UTC

watch out tho. it dont like ntfs partitions much...

Ho hum...
by Anonymous on Sat 21st May 2005 14:32 UTC

It is a good start but, it is also very very lacking. No resize support and no SCSI support make it useless in comparison to the tools they say it competes with.

A much better option would be a http://www.knoppix.com Knoppix CD which contains excellent tools like http://qtparted.sourceforge.net/screenshots.en.html QTParted. QTParted is a graphical frontend to the parted command which is a fully functional partition editor. It can format, resize and move numerous file systems on all sorts of different disks including SCSI and RAID arrays.

For disk duplication, a.k.a. Ghosting, there is http://www.partimage.org/screenshots.en.html Partimage. Though less graphically pleasing than QTParted, it is a powerful and effective disk imaging tool.

Partition Magic
by Chris caston on Sat 21st May 2005 15:07 UTC

I really just bought Parition Magic on CD for about AUD$80. Got a nice little book with it that I didn't need. Boot it off the CD and it works fine.

a fresh install with a relatively 'simple' NTFS structure can be imaged by partimage but good luck imaging an aged volume.

I speak from experience.. it's a pain. the ntfs tools can help fix things but i never was able to successfully use it.

(wanted to make default installs for the various types of PCs we use at our office, to speed up recovery when we find spyware and viruses ;) )

Ghost works, from what i've seen (I used older versions), but I never investigated these new versions as I'd have to buy it first..

so, dont count on anything NTFS from partimage. the documentation itself says it's beta. unless that's changed? ;)

It found several errors on hda...
by Anonymous Penguin on Sat 21st May 2005 20:35 UTC

It found half a dozen of errors on my master HD which none of my (many) partitioning tools can see, not even the very fussy Partition Magic.
My slave HD has PC-BSD on the second partition, that is seen as an error by many tools.
If you need a free partioner, why not use CD1 of any recent Mandrake/driva release?

RE: Oh brother...
by Rick James on Sat 21st May 2005 22:52 UTC

hey, this is looking like a nice tool stil in development. don't be too hard to the developer ;-)
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Which is the problem. People are praising it because *IT LOOKS NICE, rather than *HOW WELL OR HOW POORLY IT WORKS*

This is not a dig at the developer. But it is a dig at the people reviewing/suggesting it.


Right, Partimage has its own, unsafe, incomplete NTFS code and unfortunately nothing is used from the stable Linux-NTFS project code.

However ntfsclone from the ntfsprogs package can do the job reliably since beginning of 2003. One of my primary reasons to write it was to provide users the fastest and most reliable NTFS backup/restore tool previous to implement full data relocation support for NTFS resizing around at the end of 2003.