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Old 08-13-2005, 08:27 AM   #1
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how to resize linux partition

I installed linux on my system last week, and made a dual boot system with WinXP. I give each OS partition 80GB space, but right now I decided linux is too hard for me. I've got so many problems such as installing programs (those compiling stuff is so terrible). So I want to squeeze up my linux partition to be smaller. Currently my partition table is (when viewed thru partition magic in windows)

linux ext3 102mb
type8E 71GB

How do I resize my linux partition?I can't resize it thru partition magic and I don't wanna try erasing my linux partition, cos I know it will erase the boot loader as well so I can't boot into my windows system. Can someone please give a clear step by step instruction, cos I'm really a noob in linux

running Fedora Core 4 on pentium 4 desktop
Old 08-13-2005, 09:22 AM   #2
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Go online. Download BootITNG. Load it onto a floppy disk. Reboot. Don't install as at this point it is a demo (unless you decided to pay for it). It will take you to a gui. Choose "Partition Work". Voila! You can change your partitions. --It will give you the usual warnings.
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You could backup the Linux installation if it's not taking too much space (archive, dd, copy, which suits you best), resize the partitions then copy it back.
As for the bootloader, actually you would only need to boot with a Win98 floppy and run 'fdisk /mbr' to restore the MBR as it was before installing Linux.
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learn about grub. it's a very versatile bootloader. look it up in google. Ok, it'll take you an hour or two to learn it, but that's not too bad. It will boot windows for you as long as windows is on first partition. Carla Schroder has a good and quick tutorial out there, look her, and grub, up in google.

If you do, you will take control of your bootloading process. That's one worry out of the way.
Old 08-13-2005, 05:16 PM   #5
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As for the resizing part, you can look up how to use the "resize2fs" command to resize ext2/ext3 partitions, or use a more general partition program like "parted".
Old 08-13-2005, 06:54 PM   #6
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Everyone is missing something very important: It’s an LVM (type 8e). Welcome to Fedora with autopartitioning.

One day, resizing an LVM should be easy to do, but for now, the lvm command pvresize is not implemented.

Someone else needed to do something like this and I gave them a detailed method to do it in this thread
Old 08-13-2005, 07:07 PM   #7
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gry-HuhuY5: You can revert to windows booting by booting with the xp installation CD, selecting “repair” (as opposed to “install”) as the option and running fixmbr from the recovery console (a.k.a. dos command line for xp). Reboot and windows will permanently take over the booting. You can then delete the FC partitions.


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