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Old 07-09-2009, 08:59 AM   #1
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partitioning - resizing ubuntu partition

I currently have ubuntu installed, but I'd like to install windows xp to play a few games. My whole harddisk is formated in ext3 format, so I need to shrink it before I can install windows.

How do I shrink my ext3 partition? :S
Which program should I use for it?
Old 07-09-2009, 09:10 AM   #2
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Dont you have any free space on your disk ? I would always suggest some free space to be left on disk instead of using the entire disk, for circumstances like this.

Anyways, I am not sure of a tool, but wanted to give you this tip dude.

Cheers !!
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You can use 'qtparted' or 'gparted (LiveCD)' to resize your partition. But M$ is notorious about not playing well in the sandbox. You could move your copy of the OS to another partition. Then install 'XP' to the first partition. You would then need to re-install your OS bootloader or adapt the M$ bootloader. I would use my GNU/Linux install cd/dvd too place either 'Lilo', 'GRUB' or whatever bootloader for my install. Anything but M$.

I keep 'UBCD' and 'SytemRescueCD' on-hand to perform maintenance. These do have tools to allow you to partition or perform other system maintenance or troubleshooting.
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When you install windows after Ubuntu you lost GRUB
So you to reinstall GRUB
Download gparted to resize it is a live CD
Old 07-09-2009, 09:42 AM   #5
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There is this guide...

This might give you some background information and a general idea of how to proceed if it does not directly show you how to fix the problem. Note page 5.

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Old 07-10-2009, 08:07 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone, I just used the ubuntu live cd to shrink my ubuntu partition


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