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Old 12-22-2004, 08:54 AM   #1
lixy
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Resize Suse/winXP partitions


Hi all,

I'd like to add more space to my SUSE partition as it became my main distro over Windows. Is there any way to do this? (NTFS being proprietary, Linux cannot write to it so could it resize it?) When I hit resize in YaST's partitioner, it complains about windows being mounted.
(What about ntfsresize?)

Here's the fdisk -l output:

Disk /dev/hda: 60.0 GB, 60011642880 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7296 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 1 6 48163+ de Dell Utility
/dev/hda2 * 7 3257 26113657+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda3 3258 7295 32435235 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda5 3258 3385 1028128+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/hda6 3386 6199 22603423+ 83 Linux

Thanks
 
Old 12-22-2004, 09:03 AM   #2
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SuSE can resize the NTFS partition, but it must not be mounted. You should also defragment the NTFS partition from Windows, and you have to make sure that there are no files at the end of it - SuSE can only take actual free space from the end of the partition, so if there is even one bit at the end, it won't work. Trouble is that XP occasionally puts some files at the end of a partition and leaves them there. You cannot get rid of them with Windows tools, but here's a trick I used:

With Norton System Works, you can set certain file extensions to be moved to the end of a partition. I did that with *.iso files, and had NSW sort several GB worth of *.iso files to the end of the partition during defragmentation, and then deleted those. After that I could resize the Windows partition with SuSE.

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Old 12-22-2004, 11:45 PM   #3
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An excellent utility for managing partitions, includig resizing, is BootIT NG -- J.W.
 
Old 12-28-2004, 08:52 AM   #4
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Quote:
Originally posted by bitpicker
SuSE can resize the NTFS partition, but it must not be mounted. You should also defragment the NTFS partition from Windows, and you have to make sure that there are no files at the end of it - SuSE can only take actual free space from the end of the partition, so if there is even one bit at the end, it won't work. Trouble is that XP occasionally puts some files at the end of a partition and leaves them there. You cannot get rid of them with Windows tools, but here's a trick I used:

With Norton System Works, you can set certain file extensions to be moved to the end of a partition. I did that with *.iso files, and had NSW sort several GB worth of *.iso files to the end of the partition during defragmentation, and then deleted those. After that I could resize the Windows partition with SuSE.

Robin
SUSE 9.2 uses ntfsresize 1.9 that is capable of safely moving around anything. No need for tricks, defrag, deleting files, turning off paging file, hibernation, system recovery, etc: http://mlf.linux.rulez.org/mlf/ezaz/...tml#fragmented
 
  


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