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how to resize a ntfs partition and install linux

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Chakravarthi
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how to resize a ntfs partition and install linux

Hi,

I have IBM R40E laptop installed with Windows XP, it is formatted with NTFS partition, Single partition. I wan to resize the partition and install linux on it. How do i resize a ntfs partition. is there any tools available

thanks
chakri
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Roberto Polli
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Re: how to resize a ntfs partition and install linux

mandrake linux has a re-partitioning tool for ntfs.
Or you have to use Partition Magic >v7.0

They works, but i give you _no warranty_ about data loss ;-)
Peace, R.
Mobeen_1
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Re: how to resize a ntfs partition and install linux

Chakri,
I would go with the partitioning tool provided by Linux

regards
Mobeen
Chakravarthi
Trusted Contributor

Re: how to resize a ntfs partition and install linux

any freeware utilities available, i have redhat 8 CD with me
Roberto Polli
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Re: how to resize a ntfs partition and install linux

with rh8 it shouldn't work. You can check for diskdrake on google.

Peace, R.
Cheryl G.
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Re: how to resize a ntfs partition and install linux

Hi.I have never used Ranish Partition Manager but have been told it is quite good, as well as free.
http://www.ranish.com/part/
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richard_265
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Re: how to resize a ntfs partition and install linux

Partition Magic can do what you want
but, if you prefer GPL products, you can :
1/ download an iso at http://www.partimage.org/download.en.html
2/ burn it on a cd
3/ boot on the cd
4/ run run_qt_parted
I think (but i am not sure) that you can resize NTFS partitions
rcmikey
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Re: how to resize a ntfs partition and install linux

There is an opensource, command-line, freeware utility called "ntfsresize". More information can be found here:

http://mlf.linux.rulez.org/mlf/ezaz/ntfsresize.html

In the past, I have booted to rescue mode from the Red Hat Linux 9 CD's, mounted a floppy with the statically linked binary (see question 7 of their FAQ) version of ntfsresize, and repartitioned an NTFS partition that way. It has worked well for me, and allowed me to keep an HP recovery image on a PC and still install Linux -- your results may vary.

I >strongly< encourage you to follow the instructions on their site very carefully, including using the Microsoft defragment functionality in Windows XP prior to resizing the partition. I would also encourage you to ensure any important data is backed up prior to resizing the partition.

Good luck!
I am an HP Employee
Jose Antonio Orozco
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Re: how to resize a ntfs partition and install linux

If you have some bucks, VMWare Workstation has a pretty solution to use LINUX (or any other os) as a virtual PC inside your XP, without repartitioning.
Now costs around 150usd, but you can obtain a test license.
Im using version 4.0 and found it very useful to support different OSs.
http://www.vmware.com

My best regards

JOSE ANTONIO OROZCO
What is not backed up, it not exists