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Old 04-10-2007, 04:27 PM   #1
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Looking for a parition manager.


I recently just deleted my linux parition and reinstalled windows in one, now i have 5g of free space just floating around and i want re size my windows partition by resizing and using the 5 GB unloccated space, how would i do it? Thanks for helping.
 
Old 04-10-2007, 04:36 PM   #2
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Use Linux Gparted, like from a Live CD such as Ubuntu 6.10. Alternately, you could use partition magic; from what I read and hear, it works well too.
 
Old 04-10-2007, 04:40 PM   #3
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is there anything free i can get on my windows Box that i can use right now?
 
Old 04-10-2007, 04:45 PM   #4
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Not that I am aware, no.. I mean, I'm sure there are other partition manipulation tools, but as to whether they are reliable and/or free, I can't say. The two I mention are the only ones I personally know to work. You could download Ubuntu and burn it, and use Gparted--- That's free
 
Old 04-10-2007, 04:49 PM   #5
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Downloading Ubuntu live CD right now, thanks alot for your replies. But cant i just download gparted directly? i mean as just download the gparted iso i found on google it works the same?

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Old 04-10-2007, 04:53 PM   #6
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Well, the 'G' stands for 'Gnome', the Graphical X environment, which is needed to run Gparted.
That however is a GUI frontend for the 'parted' tool, which you could probably download, yes, but it is a whole lot easier to use from the GUI, IMHO, and I would definitely feel safer knowing how to use the GUI, as opposed to possibly entering the wrong commands into the parted command line. .
You would need to install parted OR Gparted on a Linux system anyways, but...
Well, I could go on, but as you are downloading Ubuntu now, just do that, and check it out. You won't be disappointed.
 
Old 04-10-2007, 04:54 PM   #7
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I REALLY like the SystemRescue Live CD but I've also used the GParted Live Cd. They both use GParted for partition management, but the GParted Live CD is a little more "gui-oriented" than the SystemRescue CD, if that's what you're looking for. I used PartitionMagic for years before moving over to Linux, and I've found GParted to be as easy to use and as reliable as PartitionMagic was.
 
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Hmm, well, if you found a Gparted ISO, that sounds handy but kinda a waste of a CD, wouldn't you think? When you can have an entire Ubuntu ?!
I didn't know one could get a 'Gparted ISO'.. That is good to know though, for future reference, thanks guys

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Old 04-10-2007, 04:59 PM   #9
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you right it would be waste of CD just getting Gparted, so i am downloading both atm. Resizing my windows drive with no other parition wont create a problem wont it? thanks alot for the replies so far.
 
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Nope, no problem. You can have empty, unallocated space, and it won't affect anything.
 
Old 04-10-2007, 05:28 PM   #11
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Quote:
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Resizing my windows drive with no other parition wont create a problem wont it?
Note that, depending on the age of the windows partition, you may have some problems resizing, if it happens to be a Windows XP NTFS partition. I had an old laptop I was trying to resize to add Linux to, and found I was unable to do it (with ANY partition management tool) because of all the "crap" XP had accumulated over 3-4 years. However, I had no problems at all resizing the NTFS partition that came on a brand-new Dell laptop, so YMMV, as they say.

Good Luck!
 
Old 04-10-2007, 06:22 PM   #12
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thanks alot going to trying in 20 mintues whne the download finishes ,.>,< .
 
Old 04-10-2007, 07:49 PM   #13
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Tnats a very good point that pnellesen mentions, which reminds me, before doing much of anything on a Windows/NTFS partition, it is recommended to defragment it first. Windows does make a mess of a partition, and defrag is a good precaution before working on the partition.
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jimmierock
you right it would be waste of CD just getting Gparted, so i am downloading both atm. Resizing my windows drive with no other parition wont create a problem wont it? thanks alot for the replies so far.
Ummm--CD media is 20cents per disk

I've just skimmed this thread for the word "backup"---as in "backup important data before messing with partitions"

Another point: Windows tends to get deranged after a while--many suggest a re-install maybe once a year. That is the BEST way to get the Windows partition to the size you want.
 
Old 04-12-2007, 08:39 AM   #15
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I have used partition magic to resize windows filesystems before and never had any problems. Windows is not very forgiving when it comes to altering their filesystem structure.
 
  


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