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Old 09-21-2008, 01:26 AM   #1
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Partition question in Ubuntu


I downloaded Ubuntu 8.04 and decided to have a dual boot system with Windows and Ubuntu. When I had the system partition the 40 gb drive during install I only gave Windows 10gb thinking that would be plenty however there is only 700 mb of room left for Windows functions in that partition. When I try and go back into Gparted to resize the Windows partition it will only let me shrink it further, it will not let me increase its size even after making room by re-sizing the other partitions on the drive.

I just want to add another 5gb or so for Windows and will still have lots of room for Ubuntu. I am best suited at this time for the very easy options of a GUI based system and would like to find out how I can make this work.

Thanks for any help,


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Old 09-21-2008, 02:05 AM   #2
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This isn't really a good answer, perhaps someone can add to it, but when you resized your Linux partition, did you also move it "right"? Windows will want it's partition to be all one piece, and your shrunken Linux partition might just be smaller, but still standing in the way of the first partition.

There are ways to do this, I think most graphical repartitioners (not sure about gparted) can do this, but it's fairly time-consuming, especially if you have a lot of information on a drive. If it's a new install, sometimes it's faster just reinstalling a distribution, rather than trying to cut/paste all the information (depends on the size of the drive, how much time you can set the system to the side for the process, and how much time you've put into customizing it to your tastes). Last time I did it, an "everything" install took ~1/2 hour, whereas moving a relatively empty 120G partition took nearly 2 hours, but perhaps I did something wrong.

I'm sorry I can't help more, but I haven't had a dual boot in years, the only time I use this is with friend's computers, and rarely at that. But the general idea is to slide the linux partition to the right, leaving the extra space in the middle for windows.

hope it helps a little.
 
Old 09-21-2008, 02:10 AM   #3
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You can remove th Ubuntu partition and then you can increase the size of the WinDuhs partition.

If you have an option (when resizing the Linux partition) to move data to the end rather than to the beginning, do that. Otherwise, the usual operation is to move data to lower number sectors and leave the free part at the end. When extending a partition, the usual operation is also to add to the end rather than move the beginning, so if WinDuhs has the second partition, things can get difficult.
 
  


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