Multibooting MANY OS's & Bootmagic

By khakisheep ยท 5 replies
Sep 9, 2005
  1. Hello All,

    Here is my situation. I'm looking to set up many partitions on a HD; (100+)
    I'm looking for software that can handle this, currently working with Bootmagic but I'm not sure if there is a max number of partitions it can create and manage.

    1) Does anyone know how many Bootmagic can handle?
    2) Recommendations for other Boot Loaders, (free is better) that can handle my needs and more are appreciated!
  2. greenflash

    greenflash TS Rookie Posts: 100

    last year i was using partition magic to create and manage partitions and bootmagic to install multiple operating systems

    Bootmagic is a great tool for installing mult. op. systems

    All ur need is how to use this great program to do this u have to read the manual help files of both Partition Magic and Bootmagic

    I used to have Windows XP on C Drive and Winme on D drive...

    Normally u cant install Winme after Windows XP installation with NTFS options


    By the way for simulating multiple OS's i suggest u another great program

    VmWare Workstation

    Its very good java based software..

    The Web of Vmware :

    Hope this helps

  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    The maximum # of partitions that you can have is 4 if they're primary.

    To have more partitions, one of those four has to be "extended" within which you can create as many logical partitions as you want.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    partitions vs boot loaders

    RealBlackStuff has noted the limits of primary partitions per HD.
    A boot loader, eg Partition Magic, LILO, GRUB, are virtually limitless in the
    number of choices possible to boot. The control is a hierarchy of
    hd.partnum so you are really limited by the number of HDs available.

    Your desire of 100+ partitions (err, really bootable systems) implies to me
    a testing lab for different systems on a constant hardware platform.
    Would you care to elaborate on your usage?
  5. Char_X

    Char_X TS Rookie Posts: 170

    I'm sure Disk Director Suite can do this: it combine Partition manager and Boot manager at the same time.
    I use only two systems on my comp but it really can handle more than 100 OS's.
  6. khakisheep

    khakisheep TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I work in a repair facility where one of our customers has as many as 150 or more models that we currently service. This problem arises, with so many repair models on a partition driver issues start to become a major issue. For stability, and ease on our techs; a test HD is being created with multiple partitions, each servicing a particular model. I'm seeing promising results so far, its a slow going process as each install is taking several hours from start to final test product. Updates to come as I progress through it, and I'm sure many more questions!
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