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Old 09-10-2007, 11:48 PM   #16
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the windows defragmenter sucks, you should get a third-party one like windirstat
 
Old 09-11-2007, 12:07 AM   #17
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I'm using the Windows defragmenter.
And I'm trying to shrink the Windows partition to about 27 gb, which will give Linux about 10.
Your drive is pretty darn full but I would think that would work.
You could try resizing the Windows partition to 30GB just to see what happens.
Ubuntu will install and run fine but you will not be able to get too carried away with lots of additional software and large downloads.
While the Windows defrag may not be the greatest it was all I have needed the couple times I resized partitions on laptops.
 
Old 09-11-2007, 08:56 AM   #18
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I did back up my files, and I'm trying to dive headfirst into linux, problem is, I can't partition my drive.

So I'll try that third-party defragmenter.

And I did it with 30gb. Then with 32gb. I think that those stray files are too far to the right, I would need to only partition maybe 2 gigs for it to pass them.
 
Old 09-11-2007, 05:14 PM   #19
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Uh, I downloaded windirstat, and it only provides a graphical representation of my hard drive.

I'll go ahead and look for a defragmenter on Google, but are there any really good ones that y'all can recommend me?

Okay, I downloaded a program called Power Defragmenter, but that didn't work! Does anyone know of a program that will move all files to one side of the disk? I'm getting extremely frustrated, and might abandon this.

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Old 09-11-2007, 09:35 PM   #20
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The suggestion I posted to turn off the swap file is supposed to solve exactly what you are describing with the Windows swap file. I guess there could be other files that are nuance. Are you able to determine what the files are?
Another thing that is worth considering to to open up the msconfig tool (msconfig in the run box), deselecting to run startup items and rebooting before running defrag.
Your drive is pretty full already. What does checking the Windows properties for the drive show as used and available?
There is a beta Windows Installer available that puts a Ubuntu image on a Windows partition. If Windows says you have the space you may want to try this.
 
Old 09-11-2007, 09:51 PM   #21
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Moving all of windows to the left is simply impossible. Consider this protection against future woes. If your data are stored too tightly, there won't be any space left for adding software (even a simply windows update will fail in that case).

Still, I didn't have any trouble resizing from 250 to 40GB. I suspect that you may need to take it in steps. Start by resizing 5GB, then another 5. Also make sure that you have virtual memory and temporary files disabled (these should be accessible by Right-clicking the My Computer icon); don't forget to reboot after this as the changes don't take effect on a running system. Don't forget to enable them again when you are done.

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Old 09-11-2007, 11:32 PM   #22
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Yeah, I saw that wubi thing just now on Digg! I'm going to try that first, then I'll try what you suggested jay73, and resize bit by bit.

I'll post my results tomorrow, thanks guys.
 
  


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