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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?
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.
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).
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.