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Old 11-20-2003, 03:46 AM   #1
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Mdk 9.2 Ntfs Resize Failed


I just got a second computer, a 3GHz Dell Laptop with WIN XP installed. My first impulse was to blast XP off of my disk, but then I realized that if I kept XP, I could use Adobe Photoshop. So I decided to try a dual boot by installing Mandrake 9.2 behind WINXP. When I got to the partitioning step of the install, I wanted to dual boot so I clicked on "resize existing windows partition" it then ran NTFS RESIZE but it failed. I tried it a couple of times but it failed over and over again.

Any suggestions????

I can predict the most common suggestion I am going to get is to forget about dual booting and just go with Linux, but I really need PhotoShop to run, Gimp can't do CMYK!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Old 11-20-2003, 05:06 AM   #2
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Cann't you resize the partition from windows, and after that install linux in the free space? Maybe that works
Old 11-20-2003, 06:27 AM   #3
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my experience is that partition magic from dos with a bootdisk runs 1000000000 times better than crappy disk utility that comes with mdk and generates bad partition tables!!!

if u have to resize partitions, especially windos ones, DO NOT use mdk utility!!!
Old 12-20-2003, 03:44 PM   #4
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What was Mandrake's message? If your NTFS was inconsistent then Mandrake doesn't destory your data as PartitionMagic does. You must run chkdsk /r and defrag before resizing NTFS. Turning off virtual memory and hibernation is also a good idea. By following these advices Mandrake installs worked flawlessly for me.
Old 12-24-2003, 05:40 PM   #5
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I used command
chkdsk /f
and rebooted. When chkdsk was fonished I rebooted and I could partition the hard drive fine with partition magic 8.0 (6.0 and 7.0) will work fine too I believe

OS XP Pro (I think it's same for XP Home)
Compaq Presario 2100 series

You DON"T have to reformat and resize with xp!! That's what Compaq or MS will suggest.


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