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Old 10-21-2006, 07:02 AM   #1
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Partitioning a FAT32 Harddrive ?

I have a massive 160GB external hardrive which is on FAT32 file system. It has few backup images of my Linux PC. What I want is I want to partition the hard drive into two with 80GB FAT32 and 80GB EXT3FS. How to do that in linux without losing those backup images which are in it.

I have tried through CFDISK but couldnt work out how to partition it properly without damaging it. Because I couldnt find the 'free space' to slice it since the whole drive is on FAT32. I know I could do it through Windows but I want to know the right procedure in Linux.

Any suggestions will be appreciated.
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gparted - will be available as an application under dapper, but I'd suggest the liveCD.
Much safer.
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You need to resize the partition, and various commercial partitioning programs for Windows can do this. (E.g. Partition Magic) I don't know about such programs for Linux. But if you intend to have Windows on that machine, I will suggest you download and install the free VMware Server from Then you can install various linuxes in virtual machines, and no partitioning is needed - all those Linux "partitions" are actually just files on the fat32 partition and thus easy to back up. Windows will also let the linuxes use its device drivers.
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back up your files, defrag the disk under windows and use a live cd with qtparted on it and resize.


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