Linux - NewbieThis Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question?
If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!
Welcome to LinuxQuestions.org, a friendly and active Linux Community.
You are currently viewing LQ as a guest. By joining our community you will have the ability to post topics, receive our newsletter, use the advanced search, subscribe to threads and access many other special features. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. Join our community today!
Note that registered members see fewer ads, and ContentLink is completely disabled once you log in.
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us. If you need to reset your password, click here.
Having a problem logging in? Please visit this page to clear all LQ-related cookies.
Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.
Click Here to receive this Complete Guide absolutely free.
I am trying to figure out how to resize an NTFS partition to occupy space to the *LEFT* of the partition. Obviously non-destructively.
I have some space I recovered by deleting an existing partition before the NTFS partition. And I wish to have this NTFS partition resize leftwards to occupy this space.
Here's what I've found, and please do correct me if I am wrong:
1. QTParted allows resize, but only towards space AFTER the partition. The option to change "Free Space Before" is disabled.
2. I read the ntfsresize man page, and even though it doesn't quite say it, I think they're talking destructive-resize and not non-destructive-resize. It says, use fdisk to create a larger partition and then create an ntfs filesystem in it.
So am I correct in understanding that as of now you cannot enlarge NTFS partitions left (or before) the partition?
If not, then can anyone help me understand how to do this?
PS: I don't want to go the backup-delete partition-recreate partition-restore route.
Don't try to resize linux or windows partitions to the left.
Your best bet is to make a backup image with partimage or ghost.
Then remove the old partition and create a new one using the left position that you want.
Then you can resize to the right using ntfsresize.
I deleted the 2nd one so that I could reclaim the space.
I am beginning to realize that qtparted will let me increase the 1st partition to occupy the 2nd's deleted space -- but NOT the 3rd partition to occupy the 2nd's deleted space.
I am having the same problem resizing an XP NTFS partition, using QTParted version 4.4 under Knoppix 3.9.
I have two NTFS partitions and one FAT32 partition on my hard drive. I can change the "Free Space After", on all of them, but I cannot change the "Free Space Before" on any of them. The text box is disabled (grayed out) and pulling the bar handle in the graphical view does nothing. No explanation is given. The file systems are unmounted.
I have to assume that this is some kind of bug. If there is some reason why resize is disabled, the app should give me a clue what it is. A product billed as a Partition Magic replacement would be pretty useless if it fails to perform half of its task. Partition Magic can certainly do that.
There is one thing you should always remember when using GNU/Linux. All these tools work from CLI, and error messages go to the console. If you are using a frontend (QTParted in this case) you are going to miss some error messages and often some functionality.
Using parted from CLI you'd understand, that moving it "left" as you say, consists actually two separate actions: 1. move the entire partion "left", then 2. resize it to "right". Moving entire partition with parted is possible only if the free space is big enough to avoid overlaping. If you are clever enogh, everything is possible with parted. If not, go with Partition Magic, Windows, who cares...