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Just yesterday I got the urge to install Linux, so I downloaded Slackware 9.0.
Anyway, I found out that all of my hard drive space is used up for windows XP. (I'm on our family's computer that came preinstalled with windows, so i didn't get to choose the partition size.)
This means that if I want to keep windows, I need to resize my NTFS partition.
This is driving me crazy! I downloaded Partition Magic, and when I'm resizing, it gives me error 1513 (Bad attribute position in file record.) I ran CHKDSK and apparantly there were no problems. I ran Partition Magic again and got the same error.
I tried looking for alternatives for resizing my partition. I have over 5 different resizing programs downloaded, all of them have step by step instructions longer than the Bible. I have Partition Magic, Ranish, Presizer, BootItNG, and the ntfsprogs resize app. I really dont know what to do. (I do not have the money for an extra hard drive, and also feel that that isn't a manditory solution.)
I've been googling for about 3 hours now, and i've read like 4 manuals, over 5 FAQs, and many Step-By-Step tutroials. I'm having an overload, and I haven't even gotten to installing Slackware yet!
If anyone can offer me help, I would appreciate it. I was reluctant to use the boards because I figured it would take too long to get a response...
Mandrake may work on your NTFS as well. I use Slack (bought a second drive for it) but downloaded Mandrake to give it a try and resized my NTFS on the original drive while I was at it. It's not guaranteed but it worked for me. So just resize with Mandrake and then install Slack over it.
in slackware, when installing, there should be a point where it says to use fdisk or chdisk
try those progs, chdisk i think is easier to use, it may seem complicated, just make sure u follow the commands and use the command to write the new table to the disk
***be warned, those progs could damage your ntfs partition and make it unusable***
as for partition magic, i have used it and it seems godlike to me, have u checked their knowledge database for what the error means? i'll go check it out soon
it may help to defrag your hdd too
ps. your urge may have made u hasty to choose the 1 disk slackware, i strongly recommend using a distro with easy to install interface such as redhat/mandrake, wait until u get more cdr's, or download the discs and do a hdd install using mount commands: i'm pretty sure mandrake will allow that, i'm not sure about others
Last edited by TheOneAndOnlySM; 07-31-2003 at 02:30 PM.
Yeah, I just didn't want to defrag if I didn't have to, as it would add at least anonther hour to this confusing process. I did go to the Power Quest knowledge boards and they just said to use DSKCHK. Also in slackware, after I login, I do the fdisk/ dev/hda thingie, but I didn't see an option to resize a partition...
For some reason, I can't download an update from the Power Quest site. None of their updates load, when i select PM, nothing happens. If anyone has the latest update and would be willing to send it to me, I could at least see if that helps...