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Old 05-26-2005, 05:56 PM   #1
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HDD partition resizing tool

I have an XP system at work that I would like to setup as dual boot with fedora. The problem is that XP's partition occupies the entire HDD. I need to resize it without destroying any data on the win partition. I know that there are various tools that will do this, but some are better than others. I tried this once with partition magic 8. Actually, more than once. It has successfully done the job probably 4 times for me, but it failed on my laptop PC, and I lost all the data (well...what I didn't have backed up).

My question? What (in your opinion) is the best tool for the job? Keep in mind that I would prefer cheaper, or free software for numerous reasons. It is important that I don't ruin my hard drive since it is a work PC.

Thx for your input.
Old 05-26-2005, 06:26 PM   #2
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The only software that I know of is Partition Magic.
This is retail software and I'm sure costs $40 or more.

No matter what tool you choose I strongly suggest that you backup your data on windows before touching the partition.
Old 05-27-2005, 10:35 AM   #3
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Partition Magic is the way to go. I too have a laptop at work and successfully resized my NTFS partition using it. I now dual boot between Windoze XP Pro and SimplyMepis 3.3
I don't know which version of Partition Magic you're using but 8.0.4 seems to work fine.
For me anyway.
Old 05-27-2005, 02:04 PM   #4
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Preferably defragment before you resize, no matter which tool you use.
Old 05-27-2005, 08:46 PM   #5
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If it is a NTFS partition then Qtparted which comes with several Linux distros will resize it. I have used Qtparted to shrink NTFS partitions to get free space on a drive to install another OS like Linux and it worked fine.

Like always, back up first.
Old 05-27-2005, 09:29 PM   #6
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this works great for resizing , just don't install if you don't plan on purchasing it.


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