Don't have much advise on linux accept to say, I would be very cautious when it comes to re-partitioning a partition that already contains a windows OS. I have known many people (including myself) who have tried this with very disapointing and frustrating results. Windows is very greedy when it comes to its partition space and tends to lash back when you try to steal from it. If it where me, I would backup, format, and then re-partition. A pain in the a** i know, but far less risky. This is only my opinion however, do with it what you will.
As for sugestions on how to backup, I personly use my laptop to back up the files on my desktop and vise-versa. I relize, however, not evryone is fortunate enough to own both, but perhaps you know someone willing to loan you one for a few days. If no other option exists, cut back to only the absolulte esential, irreplaceable files and back up to cd-r's. This will probably require alot of cd's.
(P.S. You should always back up anyway before ever atempting a format or partition of any sort, or risk the unthinkable!)
Last edited by 1014linux; 03-17-2004 at 04:00 AM.