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Old 06-28-2005, 01:19 PM   #1
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Qtparted


I have just got the mepis linux live CD and I wish to install mepis linux on my hard drive with Windows XP. At the momment OT parted shows me that I have a C: partition named hda-1 that has windows xp on it. If I wish to duel boot do I:

resize the windows partition
create a extension partition and then in the extentiontion partition create ext3 and linux-swap for mepis linux?

Will this then enable me to be able to duel boot between the two OS?
 
Old 06-28-2005, 02:20 PM   #2
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Hi and Welcome to LQ!

ok, so, first of all, is the xp (C) partition taking up the full drive? if so then yes, you will need to resize the windows partition.

This is the second step, but if you have "free space" on your drive, then this is the first step.
create a linux-swap and ext3 partition.

Now you will need to install mepis. If it doesn't ask you about dual booting during the install you will need to google "boot loader". Post back if you have any problems.

Umm... you might want to work on your thread title skills.

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Old 07-04-2005, 03:47 PM   #3
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QTparted

I attempted to run QTparted only to find out that Resize dosn't work any suggestions?
 
Old 07-04-2005, 04:11 PM   #4
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I've always been able to get QTParted to resize NTFS partitions. What exact error message are you getting? Also, please back up any data you have before mucking about with your partition tables, since once false move might cause things to get lost.
 
Old 07-04-2005, 04:54 PM   #5
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I not getting an error msg, Resize option just is not available (greyed out) from the Menu.
 
Old 07-05-2005, 11:14 AM   #6
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do you have the correct permissions to resize? (wild guess here) are you running as root or a regular user?

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Old 07-05-2005, 11:52 AM   #7
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yes, i'm running QTparted as root
 
Old 07-05-2005, 01:05 PM   #8
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You can also use a windows tool like Partition Magic to resize your windows partition.

I've never run into issues with QTparted, but I can see how it can happen. Did you check the md5 sum on your cd before you burned it? Sounds stupid, but maybe you had a bad burn.
 
Old 07-05-2005, 01:18 PM   #9
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can't use Partition Magic no M$, installed QTparted from downloaded tarball
 
Old 07-05-2005, 03:45 PM   #10
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Is the Windows partition mounted? If it is, you won't be able to do anything to it in QTParted. QTParted is fine, but I've found Mandrake's DiskDrake to be a far more reliable and easier-to-use partitioning tool (and it's free).
 
Old 07-05-2005, 09:45 PM   #11
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so umount (no typo) the windows drive!

I have just come off a week of wrestling Disk Drake- ARRRGH!! what ever floats your boat, but I extremely dislike diskdrake.

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Old 07-05-2005, 09:51 PM   #12
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It sounds like qtparted should work, but if that fails you can give ntfsresize a shot. I used that to shrink Windows XP that originally came on this laptop so I had room to create Linux partitions.
 
Old 07-06-2005, 02:57 PM   #13
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paul85: QTParted itself is not enough to resize NTFS because it's only a GUI front-end for parted, ntfsresize and other filesystem utilities. I guess you didn't install ntfsprogs what contains ntfsresize this is why NTFS resizing is greyed out in the menu. Or the filesystem is mounted, as aysiu mentioned.

Your best bet is download systemrescuecd, knoppix, mandriva, ubuntu, suse or one of the many live or install Linux cd that already have all the needed softwares to repartition your drive.
 
Old 07-06-2005, 06:51 PM   #14
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I see, I didn't realize qtparted winds up being a frontend for ntfsresize.
 
Old 07-06-2005, 09:03 PM   #15
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I'm not trying to resize a NTFS part all I want to do is resize my LVM to add an additional distro.
 
  


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