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Old 07-13-2006, 05:52 PM   #1
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Installing linux

I have a laptop with 1 partition (60gb) on it with windows xp. I want to install Ubuntu on this hdd without losing my data. Is there a program (hopefully freeware) that can remove say 20gb from the primary partition and create a second? Basically I want pull 20 gb from a partition and create a new one without data loss. Any ideas?
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Yes, but you should still backup important data before proceeding.

Anyway, download and use the GParted Live CD. I've also heard the new Ubuntu Dapper Live CD has Gparted on it, so you could just use that.

The only trick I've found on laptops is to be sure to defragment the drive first. If you have "Unmovable Files" (green bars) near the end of the drive, you need to turn off the Virtual Memory and Hibernation capability and defrag again (those are the two most common unmovable files). Then reboot into Ubuntu or Gparted and shrink the XP partition. Reboot into Windows a couple of times (it'll probably do a scandisk type thing the first time since the disk geometry changed). Re-enable the Virtual Memory and Hibernation if you use it (I don't).

If everything is still working, go ahead with the ubuntu install and just tell it to install to the free space at the end of the drive.


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