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Old 11-25-2011, 01:16 AM   #1
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gparted issue


hi there,

I was trying to shrink my windows partition to create enough space to install Linux yesterday, using a live cd, and I faced the fact that when I clicked on resize, and then used the arrow on the right side to shrink it, the confirm button was grey. I couldn't shrink it. Is there any reason that would explain that the partition can't be shrunk (except because it's full of data, which is not the case), and how to solve it ?

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Old 11-25-2011, 01:39 AM   #2
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Before resize an windows partition it is a good idea to defrager it first, make sure all files are moved to the begin of it, windows defrag might not do the job so well so you can use alternative defragers, i got good results with JkDefrag.

You have to unmount the partition to be able to edit it.

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Old 11-25-2011, 02:11 AM   #3
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I don't think it's because the system is not defragmented enough, I have at least 20% (around 40GB) free space so I should be able to shrink it by at least 1 Mo. I think it's the whole procedure that has been disabled, but I don't know why.
The partition is not mounted, I'm using a live cd, and anyway if it was mounted I wouldn't even be able to click on resize to open that menu in gparted (I checked). So the menu to resize opens, but I can't validate my choice.
Any idea why ?
 
Old 11-25-2011, 03:04 AM   #4
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...I don't think it's because the system is not defragmented enough, ..
That isn't what i meant and isn't the case but it is a good thing to do so, just to make sure no data is lost.
Which distro are you using? Have you tried different livecds? Which partition type is that (ntfs, fat)?

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Old 11-25-2011, 03:13 AM   #5
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In general you should defrag first, usually if gparted can't perform an operation on wins disk, look at partition information and it probably will tell you to run chkdisk twice before attempting the operation. Look at the partition information to see what it says.
 
Old 11-25-2011, 05:12 PM   #6
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I was using the ubuntu live cd. I only have one live cd at my disposal, but I don't think it is damaged.
The partition is ntfs.
 
Old 11-25-2011, 06:21 PM   #7
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Some useful (and some esssential) stuff here. I'd also advise on defraging before attempting to resize, but while you're in Windows, doesn't it have its own re-sizing tools?
 
Old 11-26-2011, 12:42 AM   #8
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So the error is still the same.
I can click on the resize move context menu option, but when the popup opens, I can only click on cancel, and the resize/move button is greyed.
I don't know if it matters, but since you're not asking any questions, let me throw some random facts:
- on the top of the window, it says minimum size 200,000 ; maximum size 200,000;
- I already have 4 main partitions on that drive.
- there is an exclamation mark inside a triangle next to the partition I'm trying to resize.

Please help me, I have no idea what's wrong, I've done this before and I have never faced this issue.

THanks

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Old 11-26-2011, 12:54 AM   #9
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post output of
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fdisk -l
Are you able to boot winsxp?
What's on the 4 primay partitions?
 
Old 11-26-2011, 03:23 AM   #10
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Well actually no I'm not able to boot on xp, but I don't think it's due to xp being damaged. I can access the xp files from ubuntu. It's just a shitty hp laptop, and when I boot into xp, a hp tool pops up instead of xp, and asks me to erase all my files and restore the system to its factory state. This is another issue, I don't think it's related.
The 4 partitions are: windows xp, 2 partitions created by hp allegedly for system restore purposes, although it doesn't work, and an extended partition in which there is linux and its swap.
 
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Screenshots might help here, if you can.

It may be that the MBR is damaged. Or it could be more serious (if XP was the original OS, then the computer has significant age).

Work out what you want (in an ideal world) to do with the computer. Which OSs do you want on it.

Back up your data (use the live CD).

I'd then delete all the partitions, use gparted to delete partitions, reformat to fat, re-install.
 
Old 11-26-2011, 03:59 AM   #12
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Well actually no I'm not able to boot on xp, but I don't think it's due to xp being damaged. I can access the xp files from ubuntu. It's just a shitty hp laptop, and when I boot into xp, a hp tool pops up instead of xp, and asks me to erase all my files and restore the system to its factory state. This is another issue, I don't think it's related.
The 4 partitions are: windows xp, 2 partitions created by hp allegedly for system restore purposes, although it doesn't work, and an extended partition in which there is linux and its swap.
I think that might be caused by pointing the boot loader to the recovery partition instead of the real Windows partition.
 
Old 11-26-2011, 10:17 PM   #13
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Backup all important documents & data, then Backup(make an image) of your system, I would do this using clonezilla making images of each individual partition.
After doing that I would get rid of all of the partitions that I don't need like hp utilities.
If you have your windows xp product Id you can reinstall Xp from i386 folder just double-click winnt.exe or winnt32.exe & system will reboot & install.
http://www.easydesksoftware.com/i386.htm
http://www.wikihow.com/Reinstall-Win...Without-the-CD
https://www.google.com/search?q=rein...ient=firefox-a
Then you can install your favorite linux os.

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Old 11-26-2011, 10:20 PM   #14
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Oh, elliott, that's an interesting idea. How would I fix this ?
 
Old 11-26-2011, 10:38 PM   #15
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right click computer, properties, advance, perfomance, advance, virtual memory, change from system managed to custom managed,
Go to, control panel, administrative tools, computer management, disk management, storage, disk management
high light the window partition, got to action, all tasks at the top and select shrink volume.
 
  


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