Partition Magic 8 Problem

  grove34 09:08 10 Feb 03
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as soon as i try to run PM8 it comes up with the following message "Init failed : Error 117.
Partitions drive letter cannot be identified"

what could the problem be and how would i solve it.

cheers

  Lú-tzé 09:30 10 Feb 03

click here for a list of common errors with PM

  Lú-tzé 09:31 10 Feb 03

click here



Solution: Error 117 Partition's drive letter cannot be identified

Cause: PartitionMagic must be able to find the drive letter for each partition before modifications can be made. If this is not possible, Error 117 may be reported.

Usually, the reason PartitionMagic cannot find drive letters is due to one of the following:

- There are partition table errors.
- A driver on your system is changing drive letters from their defaults.
- Your partitions do not have serial numbers.
- You are running Windows NT from a logical partition.

Solution: Run PARTINFO to detect any partition table errors. If partition table errors are found, search the PowerQuest Knowledge Base for solutions to the specific errors.

If no partition table errors are found, the problem may be due to a conflict that is seen only in Windows. In this case, you should run PartitionMagic from the rescue diskettes.

If you are trying to delete, move, or resize a partition when you receive the error, then try hiding the partition, exiting PartitionMagic, and running PartitionMagic again after the system reboots. At this point, you should be able to manipulate the partition as desired.



ServerMagic 4.0 or VolumeManager 2.0 on a Windows Terminal Server
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If you are using ServerMagic 4.0 or VolumeManager 2.0 on a Windows Terminal Server, you must determine why drive letters aren't being seen properly. We do NOT recommend that you use the ServerMagic 4.0 or VolumeManager 2.0 rescue disks to manipulate volumes. Please contact PowerQuest Technical Support for assistance.



Windows 95 or DOS
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If Error 117 is occurring in conjunction with Windows 95 or DOS, try booting from a different version of DOS.



NTFS Partitions
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If Error 117 is occurring in conjunction with an NTFS partition, run PartitionMagic from its rescue diskettes, make the desired partition changes, and restart the computer.

Note: You may have to edit the BOOT.INI file later, so prepare ahead of time by building an NT Boot Disk or by running the BTINI utility. (Click here to download BTINI.ZIP from PowerQuest's FTP site).

To run BTINI, use the following syntax:

BTINI [ /r ] [ /s] <Partition> BOOT.INI

where <Partition> is a drive letter or partition number. Include a single space between <Partition> and BOOT.INI.

The /r switch restores the BOOT.INI file, and the /s switch causes partition numbers and other data to be displayed.



System Partitions
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If Error 117 is being reported on the system partition, run PartitionMagic from its rescue diskettes or from MS-DOS. If the system partition is on a drive other than the primary drive and contains Windows NT/Windows 2000, then use a Windows NT/Windows 2000 boot floppy. To create a Windows NT/Windows 2000 boot floppy, perform the following:

1. Format a floppy disk.

2. Copy the BOOT.INI, NTDETECT.COM, and NTLDR files to the floppy disk.



IBM DOS 7 Partitions
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Error 117 has also been seen infrequently on IBM DOS 7 partitions. In these rare cases, hide the partition and make the desired changes, and then unhide the partition.

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