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Old 02-21-2006, 10:34 PM   #1
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Re-partitioning a laptop hard drive

I was wanting to install linux on my laptop (something like backtrack or auditor or slax or ubuntu) and I was just wondering how I would go about repartitioning my hard drive without killing all my data... it has windows on the NTFS part and I want to make another 20 gig part (80 gig harddrive) for linux... but NTFS takes up all 80 gigs and I am afraid to resize it because I have a lot of school work on there... so how do I go about doing this?

Oh I am by no means a noob to linux (have been using on desktop for two and a half years) but that doesn't mean I am a whiz either so I don't really need step by step but just some general idea of what to do (But please feel free to post step by step)

srry for the lack of punctuation and spelling...
Old 02-21-2006, 11:28 PM   #2
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1. Welcome to LQ!
2. Backup any important data to CD, USB drive, tape, floppy, etc, etc, etc
3. Resize your NTFS partition with a good utility program. I'd recommend BootIT NG
4. Have fun
Old 02-21-2006, 11:45 PM   #3
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there is no such thing as risk-free repartitioning, anything can go wrong in the process. so do backup and repartition as suggested.
Old 02-22-2006, 07:40 AM   #4
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first find out how much of free space is available in ur windows ntfs drive and then use software like "partition magic" to resize ur partition (i.e to convert the unused space in ur ntfs drive into free space)..i tried it and it worked out for me....
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Also, I've hear that you're supposed to defrag first, so you don't lose data in resizing. I think QTParted also can resize NTFS, but I used BootItNG, as mentioned above. Just don't install the thing it asks you to when you boot, because I think it overwrites the MBR
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Just so I don't need to retype the whole thing, or double post, see what I wrote in this (similar) thread:
Old 02-24-2006, 07:15 AM   #7
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I used Norton Partition Magic 8.0.

Incidentally, I had problems on the C drive which prevented PM 8 from working so I had to reinstall XP (groan) in order to get my second partition, which I wanted at the time.

It was only at a later date that I wanted to install Slackware: PM 8 allowed me to take some space off D: and create an ext2 and swap partition. Worked great, and PM 8 was cheap off eBay for a legit version.
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Some distro's will allow you to resize your NTFS partition during the install. I've done it installing Mandrake and SuSE on my laptop.
Old 02-27-2006, 05:09 PM   #9
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keep windows and install linux

I have Mandrake Community 10.1 just installed on Toshiba laptop A85. I told the installation to use free space on windows drive and it lets you pick how much space is needed for yours windows partition. You need to see how much space is used for your files while running windows. You said you have 80 gb. If windows shows 40 used..then you need to let linux leave the partition for windows more than 40 to have space left for it. I have not installed other distros yet. I am sure Mandrake will do what you want and could install a different distribution to the space you now have formatted for linux. I did have to use a command at boot prompt when starting installation because of the laptop screen. I have used several knoppix distros on my laptop and all the distros seem to need whatever is proper command at boot for low resolution to begin with.
If you use Mandrake, when you get to the partioning part of the installation, you need to choose "use the free space on the Windows partition". Pick partition. At screen "which size do you want to keep for Windowson" move slider bar to size you need for yours (60gb?) and you would have 20GB for linux then. You are suppose to defrag windows first to keep from losing any bit of info that might be on that part you make for linux. I had to restart the installation 2 or 3 times to get it to install. will run a check on the disk when you boot back to it after installing Mandrake.
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I resized mine with SUSE v10 then installed Kubuntu 5.1 (would have kept SUSE but WiFi and Widescreen resolution would not work on my laptop). I just defragged to move everything to the front and disabled my paging file. Then SUSE changed my 52 GB windows partition (8 GB is used for recovery data partition) to a 30 GB windows, 1 GB swap, 5 GB fat32 shared drive, and 16 GB linux partition.


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