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You'd use something like a Knoppix live cd, on which qtparted is already installed. My experience was that I had to use Knoppix 3.4 and Knoppix 3.9 because they had different versions of qtparted that could do different things, so make sure you have both of them handy.
You may have to start qtparted with a command including the name of the hard disk that you want to repartition, e.g. "qtparted /dev/hda"
Call back when you got that far and are experiencing problems - Knoppix should be connecting to the web just like your normal hardware Linux install.
hello! welcome. have you installed libparted? get rid of things you don't need. (g)zip and tar large image files etc. uninstall stuff you don't use. Have you tried a LiveCD to use qtparted (not sys rescue- use knoppix or ubuntu)? you will only need a little bit of space for libparted- so... you can also delete core memory dumps. (if you don't use them, that is.)
ok. The problem is that your hardrive looks like this:
and you want it to look like this:
and, you can make it be the second using what ever tool. Knoppix is a linux that runs off the CD drive, and then you can use the tool qtparted to resize the linux partition to make it bigger. (you should probably shrink the windows partition first)
In the right section of the window you have a graphical representation of your hard drive as well as a list of all your partitions beneath it. If you have only one partition, as this tutorial assumes, then you will only have one line.
Please right-click on the line of text that describes your partition. You will see a menu list (just like in Windows) appear with command options. Choose "resize".
In qtparted you must now "commit" the task.
In the menu bar under the heading "Device" please choose "commit", tell it yes, and watch in technicolor-amazement as your harddrive is resized...well, your giant partition anyway.
I don't know how many programs you have installed on your computer so I cannot begin to guess what size to recommend you shrink your partition to. A reasonable guess would be to 10GB. I am assuming that your kids do not have 13 games installed on the hard drive. Being the responsible and smart computer user that you are you have already decided how big your Windows partition needs to be. It's always better to err on the side of caution in these matters. Especially if you are 13 years old reading this thinking you will impress your parents no end by installing and showing them Linux. If my kid (potentially) nuked 10 years worth of data I might be a little upset. Carpenters like to say, "measure twice, cut once."
first link of a google search- the stuff was buried though.
i went to the partition i was to increase from. for simplicity drive F is where i cut some space for linux. so now i want to take some more of F and combine it with the linux partition. in order to do that i assume i need to resize F to how much i need it and that will result in my shrinked F windows partition and some free space.
now 2 questions arouse.
do i need to defragment F so all files will be in the front of the partition?
how, using qtparted, i combine my existing linux partition with the free space i just obtained from F (which function in qtparted)?
titanium_geek - thanks for being so patient with me
defraging is probably a good idea. You don't need to merge the partitions, you just need to edit fstab. Have a look at it, it is fairly obvious what you need to add. So, linux sees:
[----linux-----|other|---more linux space----]