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Old 10-15-2009, 02:52 PM   #1
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Gparted - round to cylinders on a partition created in Vista


I have read that it could be a bad idea to check "round to cylinders" in gparted if you are shrinking a Vista created partition there. But, does that also apply if I first shrink a partition in Vista (not gparted) and then work on the new, free area in gparted?
That is, I wont touch the current partitions, just create a new one in the free area.
 
Old 10-16-2009, 11:26 AM   #2
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If I understand you correctly: If you use Vista itself, to shrink the Vista partition, then I would expect no problems thereafter with whatever you do with the free space. Creating a new partition in the free space, using Gparted or any other tool, will work just fine.

Alternately, use Gparted to shrink the Vista partition if your Gparted supports that Vista file system (is Vista still the old usual NTFS?) and simply do not select "round to cylinders".

For the record, rounding to cylinder boundaries does not have any significant, tangible gain that I'm aware of; it won't gain or cost you any sizeable amount of storage space.

Also, before doing any such operations on an NTFS partition, it is commonly recommended that you defragment the NTFS partition at least once, before beginning.

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Old 10-20-2009, 08:12 AM   #3
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If I understand you correctly: If you use Vista itself, to shrink the Vista partition, then I would expect no problems thereafter with whatever you do with the free space. Creating a new partition in the free space, using Gparted or any other tool, will work just fine.

Alternately, use Gparted to shrink the Vista partition if your Gparted supports that Vista file system (is Vista still the old usual NTFS?) and simply do not select "round to cylinders".

Best of success,
Sasha
You understood me perfectly. I was able to create a extended partition on the new, free space with gparted, but gparted was not able to create the other three logical partitions (swap, root, home). I was a little bit cold sweaty, but fdisk on slackware's install disk was able to create them instead. I unchecked "round to cylinders" for all four operations in gparted (even if I didn't need to). I don't know how fdisk works regarding that setting though, but obviously it worked and the Vista partition still boots :-).
 
  


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