Originally Posted by matelot
Can't believe it! Indications were that resizing an NTFS partition may have taken ages
What indications? Ntfsresize is very fast and it doesn't need defragmentation. From the documentation:
The fast operation was one of the design purposes of ntfsresize, besides maximum reliability. The most often use of ntfsresize is non-destructive installation of Linux alongside Windows, and eveybody expects this to be as fast and simple as possible, including the part when Linux prepares free space for itself to be installed. Hence ntfsresize reads and writes only once and only the required data which needs to be relocated, moreover it tries to maximize the available disk bandwidth by the used data relocation algorithm to minimize the disk seek times.
However faulty, inefficent or incorrectly tuned hardware can increase the resize time significantly. Usual hardware problems are also detailed with solutions in the ntfsresize document: http://mlf.linux.rulez.org/mlf/ezaz/...size.html#slow