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Old 08-31-2005, 08:14 PM   #1
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NTFS Resizeing

Here are the 4 Partitions in my computer which is the max it can handle I want to make It Triboot and If I Resize NTFS using QTParted will it be Unformated Space or NTFS also I am using Ntfsprogs by the way

If I don't delete Swap and Extended then I restart Xp will Xp format it as NTFS or will it go over the limit and will it stay unformated.


Here is the tutorial I am useing

How to Triboot a Computer with Windows XP,Fedora Core and SuSE

Things to do Before You Start

Backup Computer
Run Defraging tools
Scan for Spyware
Scan for Viruses

Download A Copy of Slax
That last one is very important because this is what we are going to use to Triboot.

Here is the site you can get it from the one we need is the basic one.

Additional software for SLAX is provided in the form of compressed modules. The usage is very simple, just add your downloaded module to /modules/ directory on the CD to include it in SLAX permanently, or use "uselivemod" command in SLAX to activate the module on the fly, while running SLAX.
Download these modules and follow the instructions above


Step 1:Bootup the Custom Slax Cd you have made make sure the computer can bootup the cd first before the hardrive this can be changed in the bios of the computer

Step 2:Once you have logged into Slax you must now Unmount all partitions by going into My Computer and you will se all of the drives you must now right click one it will give you an option to unmount it

You must do this for all of the drives or else the computer can't be partitioned
Step 3:Click on the kde logo then go to run applacation and Type qtparted in it lowercase is find

Step 4:QTparted starts up you must now select which program you want QTParted to use for resizing ntfs you choose ntfsprogs

Step 5:Now we begin the process of resizeing the hard drive

1.Select the /dev/hda for IDE or /dev/sda for a SCSI drive on the left, then you should see its info on the right

2.Select the single existing partition, right-click on it, then select Resize.

3.Next you'll see the Resize Partition dialog.

4.Enter the size you want for your existing Windows XP partition and click OK. This can be done in Gigabytes or Megabytes

5.After clicking OK you'll see an updated view of your partitions. Note that nothing has actually changed yet; you must select the File--Commit menu item to apply the changes.

6.Just click Yes on the confirmation dialog.

7.You'll see the progress dialog and when it's done click the OK button

8.Select the File--Quit menu item to exit QTParted

9.You should then boot into Windows XP it will then detect the partition that you have made.

Step 6elete the Swap in QTParted by clicking on the swap partition and select delete.

Step 7elete Fedora Core by going to QTParted and right clicking on the Fedora Core partition and selecting delete.

Now you should have Windows and a bunch of free space.
Step 8:Out of the free space create 2 partitions.

Both Should be Unformatted
1 Partition for SuSE
1 Partiition for Fedora Core

Unformatted means that no file system is currently on it.A file system is on it whenever you install an Operating System to it.

Some examples of filesystems include



Step 9:Now Install Fedora Core by Booting the install cd as if you were going to boot Slax

Step 10:Make sure it doesn't put swap in the partition for Suse-In the Automatic partitioning scheme, FC might put the swap partition on the partition where you had planned to put Suse.It probably won't by default-It should not even look at the partition that you have planned for Suse.

By default, it should make a swap partition and a / partition out of the partition that you have set aside for FC.

It is up to you where Grub goes.
You can put it on the MBR, the root partition or don't install Grub. It doesn't matter because its going to go on the MBR which will make SuSE the Bootloader.

Install Suse 9.3 using swap already created from installing Fedora Core and putting Grub on the MBR.

Suse should make an entry in GRUB for both Windows and Fedora Core.

The computer should now be restarted I you will be shown the SuSE Grub Bootloader which contains Windows,SuSE and Fedora Core.

The computer can now Triboot Enjoy 8)
Old 08-31-2005, 08:19 PM   #2
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it will remain free space and when you install Suse and Fedora you will format it
Old 08-31-2005, 08:21 PM   #3
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The steps I have taken before resizing NTFS:

(Back up any personal data before starting)
1. Turn off the Windows swap file.
(Shut down running programs-msconfig is useful for this)
2. Run scandisk.
3. Run defrag.
4. Carefully resize your partition
(You can then reconfigure your swap and startup as needed)
Old 08-31-2005, 08:31 PM   #4
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Easiest way to resize NTFS:
Boot up using a PCLinuxOS or MandrakeMove LiveCD
Go into the PCLInuxOS/Mandrake Control Centre->Partitions->Mount Points
You may need to click 'Export Mode'. Now you can just resize the partition by graphically dragging it to whatever size you need.
Old 09-01-2005, 06:58 AM   #5
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Originally posted by bosewicht
it will remain free space and when you install Suse and Fedora you will format it
Oh so it will be unformatted and not be a ntfs partition


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