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Portable Partition App

First of all I could do with finding an open source/supported, ideally something that will run standalone/portable, but from windows, instead of at boot-time.

Any ideas?

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solution for windows

Start menu ->
run ->

compmgmt.msc ->

->
storing (the second option of the right panel) ->
disk administration (the third option)

It´s very simple but is something.
And why the hell do you want a partition app made portable??????!!!!!

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I think you probably mean

I think you probably mean "diskmgmt.msc", which can be accessed via "compmgmt.msc", but still.

The disk management bundled with windows isn't very good, it has limited features, such as the ability to copy a partition from one disk to another.

Obviously, the reason I want something portable is so I can use this on any machine, without having to install it or run at boot-time.

In the end I resorted to a copy of "Norton Partition Magic Portable 8.05", I'm pretty sure I had a license for this around here somewhere, so I don't see a problem using a portable version.

However, I'm sure this isn't suitable for most people, so I'd still like to find a more suitable solution.

A nice partition magic clone would be nice.

Thanks.

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PM is one

yes PM is one such tool, but it was just filled with some symantec junk after bought from powerquest. But in the real thing they did not any changes and did not add anything on functionality.
I operate this also portable, but it does not work as you say from any computer...

It will need admin rights first. Then depending on the task you want do with it, it will need reboot anyway and do part of its work only from its protected environment after reboot.
It has also some snags, it will mostly refuse to do operations on removable drives, so it is often not possible to partition and format an usb hard drive straight away.

There are plenty similar utils out doing similar, but apart from those tools from linux side, I do not know any open source tools.
remember all needs to be very, very reliable so not every quick shot software would be useful for such things.

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and a dll & a bat have to be

and a dll & a bat have to be in the C:\windows\system32 for it to run well

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not simple

>without having to install it or run at boot-time.

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yes, its that

yes, its that

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the windows tool

is very primitive, not very flexibel. Try to format a partition with more then 32gb as fat32 with it!

Personaly I found that partition magic for example will work prtable from a stick quite well, however it again refuses to work with removables like the sticks itself.

On the other hand, I did so far not found any reliable freeware for that. And the work from windows is often not the best choice, on my own computers I try allways do such operations from a bootmedia, DOS or linux, one has them more 'quiet' environgmet for such changes.

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true, but as you said, it´s

true, but as you said, it´s not even freeware so that is the easier way

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all part.tools limit under windows

all partition tools are more or less limited under windows directly, even those which bring a gui with them and try to do some work from windows alone.
When it comes to restructuring system partitions, hide some of them and so on, most tools needs to leave windows then and do part of the work in some protected mode and then boot to windows again.
Admin rights needed for all that from windows anyway.

So one is really safer doing that with some kind of boot media, either some windows PE or linux.

Gparted is around distributed as iso to make some bootable CD or even dedicated usb stick if this works.

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I found an thinstall version

I found an thinstall version of partition magic 8.05 which did the job in the end, however i'd much prefer to use something that was free, as it should be.

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I'd use

the GParted Live cd.
Other than that, I've found a list of free partition editors here.

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PM will do half of the job

from windows, rest will have to be done from protected environment anyway.

So why not to take any of the freeware tools around?
OK, they work from boot device, but this is the only way of doing the job anyway. Since there is not even one tool for any amount of money doing the job from windows, then there also will not be any freeware or open source existing probably. There is no reason for trying, it is like you want have win XP running under DOS3.3 or similar request.

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PM needs no install

in fact, that means if it is unpacked, it will simply work when you pick all the files and place them on your stick in one folder.

there are launchers around for too, but are not essential.

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A partition

A partition editor/creator/etc running from Windows itself cause some limitations. Usage of tools like Parted Magic (linux live-cd) might be a better alternative.

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