On May 5, 2004, Norton PartitionMagic 8.0.5 was released under Symantec and no more release from then on. PartitionMagic 8.0.5 supports Windows XP, however, Symantec did not offer any update, so PartitionMagic does not support Windows XP SP2 or SP3.
As you see in my test Windows XP SP2, Partition Magic reports error 116 when launching it. If I click Yes to fix this error, it then reports fix successfully but more similar error pops up endlessly. If I click No, it reports "Error 117. Partition's drive letter cannot be identified".
I also tested the last version Partition Magic 8.0.5 in Windows 7/8/10, similar issue, it can't launch.
Some people may ask whether it is possible to build PartitionMagic portable, that means create bootable CD/DVD or USB disc to use without Operating System. After full searching by Google, I only found EXE format portable version.
Even if I missed something and there's a way to build such bootable media that doesn't rely on Operating System, Do not modify disk partitions. From Windows Vista, the boot manager is changed, new file system and disk type is added, so PartitionMagic does NOT support Windows Vista and all subsequent versions. If you modify disk partitions, Windows cannot boot, partition may be damaged.
It's time to forget PowerQuest/Norton Partition Magic and find better alternative.
There are many disk partitioning software that works similarly with Partition Magic. To Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP (all editions) computer, there are free partition magic alternative software. Among them all, NIUBI Partition Editor is recommended by many professionals and editors.
Download NIUBI Partition Editor Free and you'll see the main window with 5 blocks.
Unlike other free partition magic software that lock many functionalities or integrate advertisements or add-ons, NIUBI Partition Editor Free is 100% free and clean. Except bootable media and 1 Second Rollback technology, it is absolutely the same with paid version. In addition, it provides the same free 24/7 online support.
Available operations to a partition:
Available operations to whole disk:
Comparing with other disk partition software, NIUBI Partition Editor has advantages such as: