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Old 05-19-2009, 11:13 AM   #1
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resizing a partition

how can i resize a partition (ubuntu)?
i want a software, that can do that. preferably not boot.

btw its ext3
Old 05-19-2009, 11:56 AM   #2
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You can used GParted software to partition your hard disk.

Its user friendly and with User interface to guide you.
Download the iso from here:

The link belows shows how to partition using the Gparted. It shows how to set up dual boot with windows and linux. But during the process it also shows how to resize in it video

Remember to backup your data before you resize incase something happens.

Old 05-19-2009, 12:35 PM   #3
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thank you DL as we speak.
if i boot it from a usb stick (a.k.a disk on key) would i be able doing that and if so how?

important edit!: i want to resize the NTFS partition and ext3

(i want to make my linux one larger)

unrelated question: can i install softwares on other partitions

for example: if i have 2 ext3 partitions which in one of them i installed an X distribution can i install my software on the other partition?

Last edited by someone Awesome; 05-19-2009 at 01:11 PM.
Old 05-19-2009, 11:24 PM   #4
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You should be able to boot gparted on a thumb drive. Many computers dont boot usb drives like my dell computer. However, burning the iso version of gparted on a cd is probably easier and will work on most computers.

Second question:
Software does not install like in windows. The installed files are put in different directories according to file type. For example, executables are put in /usr/bin or /usr/local/bin. Man pages are put in /usr/man. Startup files are put in /etc/rc.d for slackware. etc...

So it does not really matter where the source is located. It only matters which partition your directories are located.

FYI Before you make the ntfs partition smaller, make sure you defrag windows at least three times.

When you enlarge the linux partition, I am not sure about grub, but with lilo bootloader you will need to use a live cd and the chroot command to enable the linux partition reboot. See this link for help.

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Old 05-20-2009, 06:58 AM   #5
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why defrag? it takes so much time..
Old 05-20-2009, 07:07 AM   #6
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Because fragmented files can complicate the resize process if you're shrinking the partition.

If you defrag a few times, you're decreasing the chance that something will go wrong.

For windows, I reccommend looking for UltraDefrag -- its an opensource defrag tool for XP/Vista that handles the defrag process quite nicely, and is a really small download. There is also an option to move all the files to the beginning of the partition, which IS something you'll want to do.

NOTE: to move the files to the beginning of the partition, I believe you have to use the DOS command line options, but the help file is really short and explains it all.

Last edited by Xyan; 05-20-2009 at 07:09 AM.
Old 05-20-2009, 03:26 PM   #7
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did it with Pwizard (a live tool containing Gparted)
didn't defrag and it works fine (by know)
so did the bootloader


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