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If your XP is FAT (not likely) there's parted. If it's NTFS you'll probably need to go commercial with Partition Magic though, from the way it sounds to me, that's rather risky. Still, if your only choice is deleting or resizing, if resizing fails, it amounts to deleting anyway.
If you can add a drive, that's an option. My Athlon box has two drives in it because I didn't feel like messing with NTFS, myself.
There is also another 600 Mb partition listed as:
hda7 Journalised FS: ext3
Now in Mandrake Control Center, you can resize a partition, but you MUST unmount it first, it I wish to resize the Linux partition, must I first resize the Windows NFTS partition, then go and mount it and unmount the Linux partition, and resize that?
Also, must I exit linux to unmount this partition? And would that mean using the Windows partition, and something like partition magic?
Or could I possibly mount the 600 Mb partition at like oh say /ext/ or something?
I'm confused. If you've got an extra 700 megs that's already ext3 you could just mount that somewhere in your filesystem and use it. Are you talking about expanding that by taking away from NTFS? I have no familiarity with Mandrake. You could unmount most partitions by entering runlevel 1, I think, or you could boot from a floppy. And I'd think you'd just shrink the NTFS by whatever means and then expand Linux with parted or the same tool you used on NTFS if it can do both. If there's nothing on hda7, you could even just use fdisk to delete the partition and recreate it with new, larger values. But I don't think you need to mount any NTFS partitions - or ex-NTFS partitions. You'd resize and then mount that, when it wouldn't have anything to do with NTFS. But maybe I'm not following.
Also, my head's stuck in modem land, so I'm probably not tracking on partitioning too well. Hopefully that helped or somebody else can help you out. Being used to tiny hard drives, I know running out of space sucks.