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Old 06-05-2007, 05:39 PM   #1
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Re-partition without losing data

I would like to know what Linux software to use to re-partition a harddrive with out losing the data. Windows security updates and regular Windows updates have eaten up to many gigs. I have 20 gigs devoted to the C: drive and 166 gigs for the E:. Someone help!
Old 06-05-2007, 06:16 PM   #2
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They are both NTFS (Windows) partitions?
How full are they?
What is the total size of the disk?

GParted (Comes with some Linux distros, but is also available on a standalone bootable CD)
QTParted (comes on many Linux "live CD" distros--eg Knoppix)

Both will re-size NTFS partitions---backup first!!!---and maybe de-frag.
Old 06-05-2007, 08:45 PM   #3
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If you have another computer that you could use to back up stuff onto, or perhaps an external hard drive, I would suggest making backups using partimage (you can do backups over a network if you'd like), and then resizing with the software pixellany suggested. You can find all of these on the really nice System Rescue CD (bootable) -

Also, I recall a linux magazine article on something similar to what you were doing. At the moment I can't seem to find it, but this is a semi-relevant article on at backing things up - which is a good idea before trying to resize things. (You'll need to register for the site or use bugmenot or something...)

If you don't end up checking out that article, at least check out the comments - I just learned about some more backup tools I've never heard of

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I've had the most success with GParted.
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@ goodtogo

Why don't you backup your files to an external media? So you can easily restore damaged files. I'm using Online Backup to do so. I think it's more secure than optical media or flash drives (speaking from bad experiences ).

Here are the current most reliable ones reviewed:



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