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Old 02-18-2013, 10:11 PM   #1
kingtutpyramid
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Change BT5 Hard drive usage?


Hello, I am a noobie who needs help. I installed Back Track 5 R3 Gnome using a usb aside from Windows 7. At the time of the installation I chose for Linux to have 70 GB of HD space, so of course it stole some from the hard drive. However I only have 80 GB of hard drive on my windows 7. Is it possible to reduce the hard drive space in my Back Track 5 OS side so Windows 7 can have a little more usage, if so how? By the way my hard drive is 350 GB, I just have lots of software installed on Windows 7 lol.
 
Old 02-18-2013, 10:36 PM   #2
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Hi:

And Welcome to Linux Questions!

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Is it possible to reduce the hard drive space in my Back Track 5 OS side so Windows 7 can have a little more usage, if so how?
Yes but since you have already allocated 70GB for you Backtrack distribution on a partition it's a little complicated now-

I only allocated 20GB for my distro and 1GB for the swap space-

You must not of shrank your Win's 7 partition before installing Backtrack?

The only way I can help you is to see all of the partitions on that computer.
The way to do this is to open the terminal and run this command: (as a root user)
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fdisk -l
 
Old 02-19-2013, 12:35 AM   #3
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Hello, and yes I did what you told me to do. I took a print screen of the results.
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root@bt:~# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xbae577a0

 
Old 02-19-2013, 12:44 AM   #4
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Results

These are the results
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root@bt:~# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xbae577a0

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 5 40131 de Dell Utility
/dev/sda2 * 6 2451 19644416 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 2451 26597 193953017 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda4 26597 38914 98931713 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 26597 38407 94863360 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 38407 38914 4067328 82 Linux swap / Solaris
 
Old 02-19-2013, 02:13 AM   #5
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/dev/sda1 1 5 40131 de Dell Utility
This partition looks good and doesn't need to be resized.
This looks like your Win's 7 Recovery-


These are your Win's 7 Partions and all is good.
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/dev/sda2 * 6 2451 19644416 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 2451 26597 193953017 7 HPFS/NTFS
However this extended partition....I am not sure if it's one you created or the manufacturer's of your computer created. I need to find that out-

And your Linux Distro is on sda5 and sda6 is the swap partition that you created-
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/dev/sda5 26597 38407 94863360 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 38407 38914 4067328 82 Linux swap / Solaris
Looks like you need to do one of 2 things-
You can use a program/application called 'G-Parted' to re-size your Linux distro.(should of came with your disto)
If not it can be installed-
(Or) you can re-install Backtrack and make the partition for your journaling file system (/)ext3 only 20 GB
And allocate 1 or 2 GB's for your swap

70 GB is a tad overkill for your Backtrack-

Is this a Dell laptop?
If so do you know the model so I can look it up?

Be back to help you in a little while I need to find out how big in MB or GB Backtrack is and confirmation of the
Extended partition I'll either have to find the answer to that on your computer manufacture's website in the list of specifications.
 
Old 02-19-2013, 02:30 AM   #6
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Helpful websites:

http://www.backtrack-linux.org/tutorials/

BackTrack Dual Boot Install with Windows (Tested on Win 7) (If you have to re-install)
http://www.backtrack-linux.org/tutor...-boot-install/

I would recommend about 20GB for a Backtrack install:
http://www.backtrack-linux.org/forum...ad.php?t=37106

Looking for instructions for 'G-Parted' and whether or not you should use it to re-size-
Me personally; I would re-install the distro and create a new partition for Backtrack it'self and create a new partition for the swap space; but that's just me

About G-parted; With GParted you can resize, copy, and move partitions without data loss
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GParted
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php


Let me know what you want to do.
 
  


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