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Old 07-24-2005, 01:43 AM   #1
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Need simple partitioning software for ntfs

I have an XP Pro notebook with a drive filled with a NTFS partition. I don't want to format the machine, so what is the best program to use that will use unused sectors of the drive to form a new nix and swap partition?
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The best program I've used is Mandriva's DiskDrake. Other people swear by Partition Magic. QTParted usually does a sufficient job as well.

Of course, any time you resize partitions, you should always back up your data.
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With Diskdrake or PM can I partition unused disk space on an existing and in-use NTFS drive and convert that space to swap etc?
Old 08-03-2005, 05:12 AM   #4
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The short answer is yes.

However, do you mean that you have "unused disk space" as in unpartitioned space or as in extra space in your C: drive (or some other Windows partition) that just doesn't have any files on it.

If you have unpartitioned space, then you should simply be able to partition it with no ill effects to your computer. However, if you have space that is in a Windows partition but isn't in use you should:

*back up your important files in Windows (VERY important)
*defrag your harddrive
*resize the Windows partition to make it a bit smaller
*partition the new free space (as in unpartitioned space)

And any of the tools mentioned previously will do this.
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I have just used Qparted to resize my partitions without any data loss. Quite easy. Just make sure you install ntfsprogs as well, and ofcourse back up just in case.


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